Disqus is a commenting system and social network. It can replace the standard comments on your site with a good looking and easy to use interface that actively encourages your visitors to engage more with your content and increase the visibility and traffic on your site. It is the comment system I use on this site and the majority of my other blogs, it is also the sytem I most regularly recommend to clients.
So here are my top 5 reasons why your charity or non-profit should be using Disqus
1 It’s Free
Hooray – another free thing for your organisation, there is a paid version of course but uncommonly the free version is very likely all you will ever need. The paid version is for doing clever things like single sign on and members only comments.
2 Discus is really Easy to install
For WordPress it is just a plugin, for Drupal just a module, for Tumblr, as long as you have a theme that supports disqus (and most do), you simply type in your ‘Disqus shortname’ in the settings. Full instructions on how to enable disqus on your site or blog best to check out the page on Disqus’ own site:
3 Great way of controlling spam
Because accounts are held with discus or with other networks like Facebook or twitter, those communities become responsible for identifying spam accounts, essentially millions of people across all these networks become anti spam moderators for your site. WIN.
AND so this means you don’t have to pester your users to constantly prove they are not spammers – see below….
4 Disqus makes it really Easy for visitors to comment
One of the great things about disqus is that it removes many of the barriers a visitor might encounter that could prevent them from actually commenting such as filling in a captcha (anti spam) form, completing a human check or even (and this is something that stops me commenting every time) having to sign up for an account at your site. Couple of clicks to sign into their account or verify with Facebook, twitter, google etc and they are commenting away.
5 Commenting with Disqus Increases visibility of your content
Using disqus commenting means that the comments on your site also exist within the disqus network. This opens up another channel for you to attract new readers for your website, new supporters for your cause. As a Disqus member I can see what like minded people are commenting on and I can go and check out that content, I can also choose to be notified when a discussion I am following gets new comments or someone replies specifically to my comment or comments on my content. All this contributes greatly to maintaining the conversation and keeping your visitors engaged.
Also, People are much more likely to share your content when they have had input to it, disqus will give them the opportunity, and a little prompt to share the fact they have commented across their networks…
Try out Disqus below
Have a go below to see how easy it is for users to log in – feel free to leave me any old comment Just testing / Hello Crispin / hello world! ~ whatever – just as long as it is not spammy