Why I killed Disqus Commenting on my site?
On Crunchify, we have been using Disqus since long time. I would say almost 3 years. With more than
10,000 comments on site, it worked very well for us.
Why this sudden change?
You must have felt before about page load speed issue because of Disqus.
Is Disqus Killing Your Blog? Why (and How) I Pulled the Plug? Check it out below. For us, It’s time to say goodbye to Disqus comments.
Well, this is not a sudden change as we have been looking for alternatives for Disqus since last 2 weeks. After careful evaluation and review we finally decided to
kill Disqus on Crunchify and enable default WordPress comment form.
Let’s first understand
Pros and Cons of Disqus Comment System.
Pros of Disqus:
- Disqus extends functionality of default comment system
- You will have dedicated approval control panel at disqus.com site
- Solid spam moderation and filtering
- IP blocking and user blocking features
- Auto sync with WordPress comment systems
- Social Login for users
Disqus has been enabled on some of the large sites across the world and it’s been working fine for some.
On Crunchify, we have been using Disqus with Disqus Conditional Load plugin as it was lazy initializing plugin on user click event or mouse scroll event.
Cons: There are 4 major problems with Disqus
These all 4 issues contributed us to move away from Disqus.
Issue # 1
Recently disqus announced paid plan which is like $10/month with only 50,000 visits/month and
$99/month for more larger sites.
As we have average monthly
~16 millions pageviews, we fits with
$99 per months plan which kind of too much for only commenting systems.
Take a look at these
Disqus Adds 2 ads even if you don’t any comment on blog post.
Another Ad in between Disqus comment feed.
Issue # 2
If you track how much resources/request Disqus adds on your site, you will be shocked. I just did simple check and saw Disqus adds total
57 external files on single blog post.
57 External files on Single Blog Post??? Disqus – I’m sorry but I must say, this is insane? 🙁
Take a look at these all files.
This is absolutely not acceptable. You don’t even know which files Disqus is loading.
Issue # 3
Issue # 4
Disqus adds too much Memory and CPU load on server. Take a look at detailed tutorial.
Now, what’s next after Disqus?
Please follow this detailed article to clean up all Disqus meta-data from WordPress DB.
Well, I’m really going to miss Disqus moderation panel but I’m ready to accept default WordPress comment form and admin panel.
There are few setup tricks like
- How to setup Comment Spam right way?
- How to add
Google invisible re-captcharightway on Crunchify Comment form?
- How to subscribe to comment option right way?
I’ll publish all details in separate tutorial.
Update on 04.11.2018: We moved back over to Disqus for mainly moderation feature. We are giving it a second chance to see how it goes. Please stay tuned for more details.]