Blog publishers and owners are getting very excited about the new Disqus version 2.0. What’s that? A brief intro on what Disqus is? OK:
Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. The Disqus comment system can be plugged into any website, blog, or application. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.
Disqus is a free service to the general public with absolutely no inline advertisements. A premium service for large-scale websites is in the works but is not yet available.
Version 1.0, while attracting about 30,000 blogs, was a bit of a turn off because of comment migration issues. The tool was “usable”, to a limited degree, even when data isn’t stored locally. You know, which is basically how a widget is. Forget about migrating your comments from point A to B. It’s stuck in the Disqus database. Moderating and managing comments are done in Disqus, and since comments aren’t indexed with your website… SEO benefits from comment data isn’t possible.
With Disqus version 2.0:
- comments are synced into your WordPress database. This in turn gives you SEO benefts.
- OLD comments can be imported too…
- AND comment moderation is done within the WordPress admin area, making it easier to manage.
LaughingSquid and Mashable have very positive comments about the new 2.0 version of Disqus. My personal favorite is that Disqus developed a feature where you are given the ability to collect all your personal comments on every blog that uses Disqus and have your “mini-blog” of comments page at Disqus.com. How dandy is that! :) Check this page out as an example. If you love commenting on blogs… you better tell its administrators to install Disqus right now.