Comments are one of the features of a blog that make or break the user’s experience. Yesterday I upgraded my comments system in WordPress to utilize a plugin and service called IntenseDebate.

This is a decision to allow greater flexibility in visitors’ ability to comment, track comments, and reply to comments by email rather than having to return to the site. It doesn’t remove the comments from my wordpress database, rather it keeps them in sync.

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IntenseDebate has support for many social netowrking tools and allows you to sign in with OpenID, something I’ve been hoping for from wordpress.org for a while.

Let me know what you think about the new commenting tools, I’m hoping it improves the overall usability of the site – leave me a comment!

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

One reply on “IntenseDebate Plugin”

  1. ive been using ID for a while now and think its a great improvement on the basic comments system. It may not be what everyone is looking for, however it will certainly be hard to say anything bad about it

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