Livefyre or Disqus?

A perfect comment system for a blog must be spam-free, and easy for people to interact with each other.

The default WordPress comment system is far from perfect, neither spam-free, nor interactive easily, so we’d better install some third-party plugins to improve it.


Akismet is a good anti-spam plugin, but not enough, so you can install some CAPTCHA plugins like SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam, but which I think is not human-friendly; and you can also try the Facebook comments box, but which has a few shortcomings I doesn’t like.

Besides the above two mentioned, another two popular plugins are Disqus and Livefyre, both of which can not only prevent spam, but also make the comment system more social interactive.

I’d tried Disqus on the Chinese blog Jing Pin for a couple of days, but dropped it later, because I failed to import the WordPress comments into it over 3 times.

Later, I came across with Livefyre and found out that it was faster and easier than Disqus, since it only took a few minutes to import the WordPress comments and when which was done, you can start using it directly without anything else to worry about.

Besides, Livefyre also has some special and cool features comparing to Disqus, such as you can see who is "listening" the post, mention your Twitter & Facebook friends, share your comments on Twitter and Facebook, etc. But same as Disqus, there will be still a few spam comments even though you are running Livefyre.

By the way, Livefyre offers both free and paid versions, for the free version, I think everything is fine except that you can only have "Up to 2 million monthly views", which means that you have to pay for it when your blog has over 2 million page views per month, hope I will have the money then. 🙂

So, which comment system you are using for your WordPress blog? Livefyre or Disqus?

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  1. Posted December 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    In the post, I said “I failed to import the WordPress comments into it over 3 times”, which was not 100% correct, since I could import a part of them indeed. By the way, whether Livefyre or Disqus, I tested both of them with the CMCC-Starbucks Wi-Fi at a same Starbucks store, so I don’t think it was the internet speed that caused the fails.

  2. danielha
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Young! We took a look and there was indeed a problem with importing your content a couple months back. In the meantime, we’ve made some good changes that improves compatibility. Sorry for the trouble — if you decide to try out Disqus again, there should be no more issues.

    — Daniel @ Disqus

  3. JMattHicks
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    We’re pumped to have you on Livefyre, Young! As a blogger (on hiatus, that is! 😉 myself, I know how long it can take to prepare a blog post, especially one that’s thorough and includes links, screenshots, etc. We appreciate you taking the time to do so, and if you ever need anything in regards to Livefyre just let me know. I’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!

  4. Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I am too getting the failed import with LiveFyre; we tried Disqus in the past but right now I am leaning more to livefyre. If only I could get some old comments imported.

  5. Dhara Mistry
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    @10gea Hey there, Dhara here from Livefyre. Could you email us at support AT livefyre DOT com? We’ll be happy to look in to this for you.

  6. Posted December 29, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    @Dhara Mistry Will do, thank you for the quick follow up!

  7. Posted December 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    This is first time i am using livefyre, hope it goes well.

  8. b.nijhoff
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I am using LiveFyre because it’s way better then any other comments system I have used and it’s easy to install. Thanks for sharing!

  9. BellyIbel
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    yes, chaptca is very useful..

  10. Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Problem with Akismet is that when some one post a comment on the old post, its gone to spam. And many time it never goes to spam it just get deleted and the blog owner dont even knows about it.

  11. Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    @worli Yes, Akismet is far from perfect.

  12. Posted January 3, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    No doubt livefyre will take over the default wordpress comment system soon. Disqus is good too but its kind of slow.

  13. notizie
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink


  14. Posted January 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    i’ve just installed livefyre on my blog and i m testing it.hope this is the plugin i need 🙂

  15. Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Which social sharing plugin do you recommend to use with it? (WordPress)

  16. Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    @KimiSharp I am using JetPack, though which is not compatible with W3TC, as what you can see in the end of every post of this blog.

  17. Posted January 24, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Anyone there?

  18. Posted February 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    ,,yes a free chat under

  19. Posted February 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    i think these days livefyre has the edge and far less spam.

  20. JonathanLotzLenglain
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    cool I’m going to definitely try it for my site, thank you.

  21. substance
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Disqus destroyed my Theme so I gave livefyre a try.
    Looks very nice, works smooth. Unfortunately to comment as a visitor is not possible! So an Internet-User has to chose which eco-system he want enter. Thats a big con for me.

  22. Posted March 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    It is really helpfull

  23. Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink


  24. NearlyNormal
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    In Livefyre how do I make sure that the oldest message is at top, and that the threading is accurate?

  25. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    [email protected] login, you can sort the comments by Newest or Oldest. 

  26. Posted May 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink


  27. Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    [email protected] actually is possible to comment as a guest. It’s an option though, so some blogs might not allow it. If it is enabled in the livefyre settings for that blog, you’ll be presented with a very similar comment process to the default wordpress (name, email, comment)

  28. Posted August 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Livefyer rules!! :p i’m using it for a long time now also on my own blogs and it work great for me! 🙂

  29. Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    good I like livefyre