Comment Widget For Website

Page created 14th June 2011

If you have a plain html website you don't have to miss out on some of the great features of proper blogs. Comments are one of the most obvious and useful features of blogs. You can get third party comment widgets which is cut and past java script, which is very easy to install, and is run on the supplier's server. The basic code is just a few very short lines, one being the link. It allow some customization, and above all, it allows communication with your readers. And, if that wasn't enough, they are either free or low cost.

The first is a widget called Echo from echo. It starts from $9 per year for sites with less than 10 000 page views per month. It has many built-in features, including support for avatars and images.

If, like me, you have relied on email communication, you may find more visitors responding with comments, as many don't like giving out their email address. With this widget there is no need to register. Oh, and you can even show your face with an avatar, if you like. Now is that neat, or is it neat?

Another comment widget which has become very popular is Disqus. You can even see it added to blogs which normally have their own comment feature built in. The basic version is free and allows for a fair bit of customisation. There is an upgrade available with more features.

Both widgets draw tweets and track backs into your comment area, and syncs up with a number of social media sites and log-in IDs.

As always, read the small print. Free often comes with restrictions or some limitations. Make sure you know up front what they are.

I would like to point out here, that I have no java script knowledge, and even my html knowledge is very basic, but there are many scripts available online to copy and past into your website, and the source usually gives plenty of step-by-step guidance on how to install and customize it. It is quite easy to experiment with scripts. If it doesn't work, just try something else or go back to the original. Java script can be fickle, and may not work on all browsers, but when it does, it is the icing on the cake. It can add a lot of interactive features from moving spotlights to slide shows to comment feature. But a word of warning; before you plaster your website with falling snow flakes, flashing fairies and pop-ups, consider the visitor may not want to go to a fairground, and may (like I do in these instances) make a hasty retreat. Use it with discretion if you want to keep visitors.

Here are a few websites offering loads of scripts, including PHP and others, most, if not all, are free. Happy browsing.

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