The people who read my blog will be wondering why I have disabled comments, if not then it should help future readers with suggestions on why to disable comments and alternative methods you can use instead.
Why I stopped using blog comments
I would firstly like to note that this decision was not down to just one aspect. There was many aspects that led towards my decision and I am sure that you will agree with my opinion on why to get rid of the blog comments to be able to create a better solution. If not, that is fine. The majority of the process for my blog is seeing what works and what doesn’t – it should be the same with yours. Remember, never set anything in stone, if it doesn’t work out you can always change back.
The whole reason of why I disabled comments here is because of the spam and low quality messages I have got. I am not too experienced in blogging and dealing with comments (that is normally dealt with by other people who work alongside me). Due to this I have not really known what is the best way to go to stomp out the mass amounts of spam comments I was getting. I have tried various plugins but they did not work all that well and I did not want to implement anything I did not really know about.
Due to the spam, my decision to disable comments was an idea of mine.
I don’t know about you, and this really is a personal opinion, but I find the discussion that WordPress comments supply really, really limited. I find that it is hard to keep up with and generate a lasting discussion. There was something better that I could use to connect with my readers (which is one of my main goals) and so I decided to get rid of the comments system because of this.
Another thing to note about this is that the user can only comment on the topic of the article. This does not really allow them to ask questions about anything – it has to be related. I did not like that.
Despite the fact that the comments were an easy addition to my blog platform, I felt I wanted something more special where we can really get involved and have a longer discussion about our experiences as a webmaster even if it would not be so easily added alongside the blog.
So, whats the other option?
I am now using a forum. This is mainly because I know more about running a forum than I do about getting rid of the spam from a blog. That was I know how to manage certain things better.
As commented on before, this allows for a better discussion area for my readers, it allows content to be asked by them on anything related to webmastering and business and can better manage a longer discussion.
For now that is the main reason I made the switch. I just like forums more for a deeper discussion and user produced questions and content. I will soon publish another article about what is better – forums or blogs? I hope this has given you something to think about in terms of whether you keep blog comments or add a forum for the discussion.