Recently I read an article on HN (Hacker News) Replacing Disqus with Github Comments and decided to drop the Disqus commenting system on this site. A long time ago I’ve added Disqus to my page because of it was easy to use and had out-of-the-box spam prevention. The cost of it as I see now was a heavy breach in privacy and site performance. When I read the article mentioned above I was shocked what I was forcing on people visiting my site. Just to give you an idea what’s going on:
- Page load time – Disqus is everything else than a slick commenting system. It uses way too much of the users resources to load some comments on a page.
- User tracking – Disqus is connected to many advertising networks and tracking services. If you’re using Disqus on your site it will track every movement of your readers.
- Product of Disqus – Disqus is free to use, in result your site becomes the product. I don’t want to be part of this malicious network.
TL;TR: Disqus is a malicious network which invades users privacy using the resources of visitors. Nothing is free.
If you’re using WordPress to host your site here are some alternatives to Disqus:
- Isso – A commenting system very similar to Disqus but not as invasive.
- Default commenting system – Why not use the default WordPress commenting system in conjunction with the Jetpack plugin.
- http://www.discourse.org/ – Despite the similar name Discourse delivers a different commenting system for the open source community.
I’ve decided to use the default commenting system, luckily WordPress or the Disqus plugin stored the comments in the database and I only had to disable the Disqus plugin to switch to default comments.