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IntenseDebate out of private beta, offers new WordPress plugin.

A little less than two months ago, IntenseDebate was acquired by WordPress’s parent company Automattic. They spent the time in beta to scale Intense Debate’s infrastructure to handle the additional traffic that is likely to come when WordPress starts to include Intense Debate features by default. The purchase promised new features for the upcoming WordPress 2.7 like comment threading.

But now, IntenseDebate is out of beta and is offering a new WordPress plugin that offers the following features for your blog:

Two-Way Comment Sync

Comments made in IntenseDebate are automatically backed-up to your WordPress comment system, while your existing WordPress comments are automatically imported into IntenseDebate. In case you want to leave IntenseDebate and go back to the default comment system, your comments are safely migrated.

Admin Panel Integration

IntenseDebate has been interated to the WordPress admin panel, making the switch as smooth as possible.

Search Engine Optimization

IntenseDebate intelligently outputs the standard WordPress comments, which makes your comments easily indexed by search engines that ignore JavaScript. And it also makes visitors with JavaScript disabled on their browsers easily interact and make comments.


Trackbacks and pingbacks are also easily integrated with IntenseDebate.

Profile Sync

You can login to IntenseDebate with WordPress, and vice versa.

Post Settings

WordPress admin settings like closing and opening comments on a post, and even changing your post titles, are automatically recognized and reflected in your IntenseDebate settings.

Other features included in the plugin would be:

  • Threaded comments
  • The ability to vote on comments and show comment reputations
  • Simultaneously post a comment to a blog and Twitter
  • Replly to comments and moderate comments by email
  • Commentor profiles can include links to social networking pages
  • Ability to add sidebar widgets with information on things like your top commentors

Intense Debate also works with Blogger, TypePad, and Tumblr.

Categories: General, WordPress Plugins

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  1. Bryanna Turner says: 3/30/2010

    Intense Debate has been acquired by Automatic, just for reference. There are some very cool things coming out to integrate it into WordPress blogs – but it will work for other services.