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Dropping Disqus (blog geekery)

Being that I'm followed around in a technical sense concerning this blog from time to time, some of you may have noticed I'm no longer using Disqus as the comment system here.

Some of you saw that I used Disqus, as does my boss, so you installed it on your WordPress blog. And now I've removed mine, so you want to know why.

Before I tell you, I'm going to say that if you like Disqus and it works well for you, stick with it. Don't feel that you have to follow my lead by my decision not to use it any longer.

I removed Disqus more or less due to:

Design considerations

On pages where I did not want comments present, Disqus showed up regardless with a big ugly yellow banner-like thing that said "Comments are closed for this post." This really irritated me because there was absolutely no way to shut it off without disabling comments for everything else.

Take my newsletter page for example. There's no reason to have comments there, so I turn them off for that page. With the internal WP way of doing it, I can set it up so posts with no comments show absolutely nothing under the content - and I like that. You can't do that with Disqus. For articles and pages where the comments are disabled, there will always be that ugly yellow "Comments are closed for this post" notice. You can probably change around the color/font/whatever, but you absolutely cannot remove the notice.

Blog load slowdowns

All Disqus content is loaded from their servers, graphics included. On any article or page load this happened every time. And more often than not it made all my pages and articles load slower. I don't like that. I want my blog to be as speedy as possible, and Disqus, sorry to say, slowed it down - enough for me to notice.

Features that nobody uses (on this blog)

Disqus has a way where you can post a comment in many different ways. By Disqus account, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and so on. When I first started using it, I invited people to try it out. They did. After that, barely anybody bothered with them because it was too much of a pain in the ass.

With all those reasons put together, it was time to drop it and go back to the way it was originally. Yes, I lose comment features by doing so, but what I gain (back) makes up for it.


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