I really haven’t delivered much in regards to riveting [intlink id=”1691″ type=”category”]blogging tips[/intlink] for new bloggers or information on the latest Twitter tools or resources, this is mostly due to the fact that I have spent most of my week looking for WordPress Threaded Comment Plugins.
The great hunt for the ultimate WordPress threaded comments plugin started thanks to all of you that are nice enough to comment here on a daily basis, it wasn’t too long ago that it would take me 10 minutes to go through comments and reply back to everyone, now it takes hours. I’m not complaining, I love interacting with everyone here.. even the haters.
Late Sunday night I decided to go out on the hunt for a WordPress threaded comment plugin that would make replying to messages fast and simple instead of copying and pasting each of your names into a form in order to reply, ugh. I have tried out Disqus before, I really liked that plugin with the exception of the miserable customer service when it came to getting widgets to work properly. I also didn’t like how Disqus was slow with refreshing comment counts or with comments hitting the actual Disqus admin area.
My search landed me at a place I have been to before because I have seen it on a lot of blogs lately, JSkit which recently released their new product “Echo“, a live interactive commenting system for WordPress that has excellent integration of your profiles as well as login options. Echo seemed like the perfect solution for what I wanted it to do, I was sold.
Everything went fast and smooth when it came to downloading and installing the plugin, that was until I tried to export my existing comment database over to the JSkit comment system. I currently have something like 4, 400 blog comments here on my blog and each and every one of them are greatly appreciated and important to me, that comment database import was extremely important to me. When trying to finish the plugin installation process the JSkit import tool continued to return a message that my comment database was too big and that I needed to contact support in order to have them transfer it.
I began this process late Sunday night and figured by the time I woke up in the morning the comment database would have been imported, I was wrong. The database didn’t actually get imported until a little after 7am on Wednesday morning which completley sucked the wind out of my JSkit Echo sails, I was already over it by Monday afternoon and did my best to hang in there because the plugin really had some things I liked.
As most of you that are nice enough to leave a comment when you come through have probably already noticed, the plugin is no longer active here on my site. I am going to give JSkit Echo some more time to get their new release polished up a little bit before I consider diving back into it, until than here’s a few more additional thoughts on JSkit Echo.
- The day I installed JSkit Echo it was one of my highest comment days
- Threaded comments
- Live comments create an interactive feel
- Support for sharing your social networks
- Excellent post sharing options
- Option to include You Tube and Pictures
- Follow options for RSS feed or Email of post comments
Not So Good Stuff:
- No realistic Comment Luv feature
- Added step for new users commenting
- Unsure of how it would effect Do Follow status
- Modifying the look of the comment area seems like something a college professor would have to figure out
- Poor theme selection
- Poor support communication
- Slow comment count updates
- Exporting comments to Echo with large comment counts won’t happen without the help of support
It looks like Echo isn’t the right call for me on this blog at this time, it might be perfect for some of my smaller blogs but I think I am probably better off hanging out a little bit until they get Echo tightened up a little bit. Once I know there have been some changes and improvements made I will be right back to giving Echo a shot, I think it has real potential and I would say that it’s a good comment plugin for a smaller blog.
Leave a comment and let me know if you have tried out Echo or not, what’s your feelings on the fact that the day that Echo was installed there was all kinds of comments being made throughout the blog? All though some guests seemed to find the commenting system hard to handle it seems that other guests that never commented before, did. I’m curious to see what you all have to say. Oh yeah the plugin I am using now for my threaded comments is WordPress Thread Comment.
P.s/ On a side note I am considering writing a post titled “Facebook Five Year Olds” which would be a description of something that recently went on after I commented on a friends page, Lisa also left a comment for this girl that not only babysat out daughter from when she was a young baby, but she also worked for us for a very long time. We still continue to have a relationship with this person even though she moved somewhat far from where we are now, our kids still do sleep overs from time to time.
Anyway without telling the story here, I really don’t feel like wasting my time writing about what went on because I really don’t give two shizzies about it, however on the other hand I think you would all get a pretty good kick out of it. Do you think I waste my time writing about a couple of Facebook Five Year Old’s or do I just let it go? Please keep in mind it is Hell Week here on Extreme John.com 😉