Saturday, February 21, 2009 5 comments ++[ CLICK TO COMMENT ]++

Dumped IntenseDebate and going with JS-Kit

I switched the commenting system to JS-Kit and hopefully I won't run into the problems I had with IntenseDebate :( IntenseDebate is nice and has a smooth interface but it has some serious flaws. One big flaw was the slow response time in loading comments and the widget. One user commented that it wasn't working in the Opera browser and another commented that response time when typing messages was really long. The main reason I dumped it though is due to its limitation in the comment length. It was really annoying, especially since we tend to have few but really long comments on this blog, to break up the comment into multiple ones. The free version of JS-Kit also seems to limit comments but it is much larger.

I looked at the DISQUS comment system but decided to go with JS-Kit. JS-Kit offers integration with more logon systems (including Open ID) so that's a big plus IMO. It also syncs comments back to Blogger so comments will always be avaiable even if one removes JS-Kit. We'll see how well JS-Kit performs. The downsides to JS-Kit are its weak, somewhat simplistic, widgets and GUI. It's customizable but one needs to spend some time on it.

Unfortunately, because IntenseDebate hosts the comments on their site, whatever that was posted in the last week is missing. Unless I can figure out a simple way to import the comments back into Blogger, we have lost those comments (I may post some of them manually).


5 Response to Dumped IntenseDebate and going with JS-Kit

Jae Jun
February 21, 2009 at 10:51 PM

One huge limitation I found with blogger and 3rd party comment systems was that if you ever intend to get your own host, you cannot retrieve the comments. You lose it all.
Just a thought in case you ever decide to host your own blog.

February 21, 2009 at 11:03 PM

The blog hosting systems are improving, even if it's a slow advance. Hopefully we'll get upgrades that fixes the limitation you cited, as well as other features that are sorely lacking right now.

Chris Saad
February 22, 2009 at 5:49 AM

Thanks so much for choosing JS-Kit :)
Please don't hesitate to drop us a line at if you ever have any concerns or ideas - we're here to help!

February 22, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Thanks for offering your help Chris. It's still early but so far JS-Kit has been functioning well.

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April 22, 2009 at 8:51 AM

I have been using Intense Debate for about a week now and I love it.  I've had no problems with it and I love the fact that if someone comments on my blog on Friendfeed it sends that comment to the post itself.
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