I praise Lifefyre more times than I probably should. Especially during #Blogchat when people ask how to get more people commenting on their blog. My first response is almost always this: Install Livefyre.
Livefyre is a commenting plugin that takes over the default WordPress comment system on your blog. Don’t worry, all of your comments will be imported to Livefyre, and the installation is as painless as WordPress itself is. Once you do, it’ll be like soap: “Aren’t you glad you use LiveFyre? Don’t you wish everybody did?”
- Signups URL/Name/Email….URL/Name/Email…URL/Name/Email…URL/Name/Email…Gets tedious after a while, doesn’t it? Well, with Livefyre, you sign up for them once, and you never have to do it again.
- Multiple ways to post without registering – Wanna really piss a reader off?
Make them register for your site in order to comment! For something that odds are they’d only one-off, you can make then jump through a hoop so annoying it needs its own bullet. Thankfully, users can sign up for a Livefyre account and post on any blog that uses it.
- No need to moderate – Nothing makes a blogger cringe like seeing “Your comment is pending moderation” after they post a thoughtful comment on the post you worked so hard to show. With LiveFyre, you don’t need to worry about spam since it goes through its own spam filters, and you can easily remove hostile comments as well.
- Post with Twitter, Facebook and more –
You don’t have to sign up for a LiveFyre account either.(CORRECTION: Apparently you are automatically signed up for a LiveFyre account if you use FB or Twitter, but Livefyre still offers anonymous guest commenting. ) You can use your Twitter or Facebook account to post, as well as other networks that continue to be added. This is another benefit to bloggers; they don’t have to be limited to one social network to post. (Awesome if you despise using FB comments, like I do.)
- Twitter support – Livefyre’s Twitter account and their community manager, Jenna Langer, provide awesome support for Livefyre over Twitter. They’re very personable and know exactly what they’re doing.
- User Interface – The WordPress comment box blows chunks. Livefyre is prettier. No debate here.