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Daniel asks:March 12, 2023

What is the best commenting system for a static site?

I am building a static website and want to add a commenting system, but I'm not sure which one to choose.

Thom Krupa

There are several commenting systems available for static websites, each with its own set of features and trade-offs. The best one for your site will depend on your specific requirements, audience, and preferences. Here are a few popular options to consider:

  1. Disqus: Disqus is a widely-used commenting platform that is easy to integrate with static websites. It offers social login, threaded comments, moderation tools, and spam protection. However, it may display ads and can potentially impact page loading times.
  2. Hyvor Talk: Hyvor Talk is another popular commenting platform with features such as social login, moderation, privacy controls, and customization options. It is privacy-focused and doesn't display ads. However, it is a paid service with a monthly subscription.
  3. Commento: Commento is a lightweight, privacy-focused commenting system that values user privacy and doesn't display ads. It offers features like moderation, import/export, and social login. Commento has a self-hosted option or a paid hosted service.
  4. Staticman: Staticman is an open-source solution that allows you to add comments directly to your static site's repository, effectively turning them into static content. This eliminates the need for third-party services but requires more setup and maintenance compared to other options.

When choosing a commenting system, consider factors like ease of integration, feature set, user experience, privacy, cost, and maintenance requirements. It's essential to evaluate each option based on your specific needs and decide which one aligns best with your project's goals.

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Thom Krupa

Co-founder of Bejamas. Focuses on helping people create faster and better websites and apps. Never bet against the Web.

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