How Disqus Improves Comment Syncing in the New Beta

How Disqus Improves Comment Syncing in the New Beta

Andy Holland

Disqus (pronounced discuss) has recently released a 3.0 Beta that is primarily designed to tackle the syncing issues many users experienced between WordPress and Disqus.  As well as fixing syncing issues, the new Beta release also introduces a redesigned settings screen. This latest release has also gone through extensive rewrites to allow users to take advantage of some of the newer APIs offered in WordPress.  This will hopefully allow for faster improvements in the future.  If you’re feeling a little lost and are unsure about what Disqus is, we’ll take a closer look at the origins of this community platform.

What is Disqus?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Disqus is a community platform with hundreds of thousands of active users.  It operates on the freemium financial model which works similarly to Evernote and Dropbox.  Disqus is used by sites all over the web and offers a feature-rich comment system.  This platform offers fantastic social integration, as well as moderation options, advanced administration and other impressive community functions.  These include spam and moderation tools, mobile commenting, analytics and email notifications.  If you choose to use Disqus, you will gain immediate access to their highly successful web-wide community network.  This means you will automatically be connected to millions of users across the globe!  As of 2017, there are now Disqus tiers for publishers. The top tier is the business tier, which can be easily configured for your personal business needs.

One of the best things about this community platform is that it can be used on just about any type of blog or website and is installed with a plugin or a drop-in code snippet.

What’s New in Disqus 3.0?

One of the major improvements of the latest Beta is that any comment synced to the WordPress database now use a webhook method, which is far more reliable than wp-cron.  In this version, users can also experience edited comments and comment stated.  This means you will easily be able to check on the status of your comments.

The 3.0 release also comes with a redesigned settings screen that has some great shortcuts to many of Disqus’ frequently visited backend sections.  These shortcut links are now visible in the WordPress Admin Bar, making them super easy to find.  Users will also come across other improvements including:

  • Disqus comment count now used instead of WordPress comment count
  • WordPress comments template replaced with Disqus comments
  • When using a single sign-on, the WordPress login window will automatically close

This latest plugin is only available for download via Github.  This is mainly because the release is still in its Beta phase.  The 3.0 plugin will remain in its testing phase as the team look for any feedback on potential issues.  After this, the plugin will be available for public use.

Have you had the chance to test out the latest plugin?  Did you find it easier to sync comments from your WordPress platform with the Disqus plugin?  If so, let us know about your experiences – both good and bad – in the comments section below.