I’ve been trying to clean up the blog here and there, and decided to go with the Intense Debate plugin for my blog comments. The previous comments were a mess. The layout was great, but it wasn’t threading comments and what’s the point of commenting if you can’t reply directly to other comments in a mannerly order. The overall setup with Intense Debate looks great and it’s really easy for anyone to log into their favorite platform to leave a comment, whether that be wordpress, twitter, facebook or even as a guest. You can see the comment form below and all of the different login options.
Outside of the great looking form and login capabilities, there actually a lot more you can do once you setup a free account with IntenseDebate to manage your comments. In the past I would have to look around for plugins or widgets to post the top blog commenters, top blog posts, as well as social network sharing. IntenseDebate has added all of these features and plugins to their backend. You simply just click which plugins you want, then they are enabled.
I’m still playing around with the admin options and moderation settings. You can moderate all comments, or have them automatically approved once a user has posted a specific amount of times and earned your trust. In the end, I think the move to Intense Debate was a good choice and I look forward to getting a better handle on how to better customize the comments on this site.
Leave a comment using Intense Debate and let me know what you think.