No website should exist in beautiful isolation. As can be seen by the rise of Twitter over the last few years: people want to interact over the Internet. They want to engage in conversation, to be heard, and to feel like their opinion matters. This desire to interact extends to the websites they spend their time reading — this is especially true for blogs. For WordPress users, the main source of interaction will be through the comments left underneath the articles you publish. This has actually been quite an interesting area of debate recently, with CopyBlogger announcing in March that […]
The built-in WordPress commenting system does a fine job all by itself, but it’s good to remember that there are a several other systems out there that, for some, provide a better user experience. One of the most popular is Disqus (pronounced ‘discuss’). It’s used all over the web, across many different platforms. In this article, Im going to provide a tutorial how to install it on your own WordPress blog. There are two ways to install Disqus on your WordPress blog. One way is to first register your site with Disqus, then install the WordPress plugin and go through the simple […]
This question is at the center of the recent security breach involving Disqus, a widely used comment hosting service, and Gravatar, a service owned by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s company Automattic. Gravatar allows users to maintain a consistent profile picture across websites enabling a Gravatar plugin. Until recently, Disqus enabled Gravatar which uses an MD5 hash, an algorithm designed in 1991, to mask the email addresses associated with each Gravatar account. Gravatar’s MD5 hash has been proven to be easily hackable. In December, a group of investigative journalists at Sweden’s Researchgruppen was able to de-anonymize the identities of thousands of […]
It’s been a little bit of time since we last heard from IntenseDebate – and to be quite honest, I wonder what’s really going on over there at times. A few years ago there was a huge growth of 3rd party commenting platforms, all boasting crazy features that would blow your mind if you just took the time to install them. I know, I tried every single one of them at one point, even the ones that required you to pay for the service. But it seems that the amount of innovation or at least attention to comment systems have […]
Happy Tuesday from Chicago! I’m hanging out here for few days for some usability testing of a new application I worked on. Anyone in the Chicago area have some suggestions for places to eat or drink you can share? Anyways…you’re probably reading this for the plugins, so… There is a really great mixture of plugins today. I even see a few that are updated that we reported as new in a previous roundup. Here they are!
Did everyone have a good day or did you have a case of the Mondays? Where did that phrase come from? Anyways… There’s a few new and updated plugins to share for today’s roundup. I’m sure there are a few of you using Disqus for your commenting on your site, so maybe you should take a look at Disqus Popular Threads Widget. Here’s the full list after the break.
I am a firm believer that you want everyone to visit your website that can. Why on earth would you limit your possible reader base? As a blogger, and a CSS neat freak, I always aim to make my sites as fast as possible. It’s great for SEO, it’s great on your host, but most of all it’s awesome for your readers. As a blogger, server admin, or whatever it is you do with your Platform, should always reconsider changes you have made in the past. Always! This is where the Facebook Comments come in. It is another plugin? Does […]