Per the readme notes included with the update the following items have been improved upon:
- Updated user interface to better sit within the WordPress admin aesthetics. Clean up of moderation, navigation, and support interfaces.
- Improved comment exporting and local backup. Exporting is now down in smaller chunks and addresses execution timeout and server memory issues.
- Better handling of closed/disabled comments on pages and posts.
- Disqus now updates the permalink URL of the comment thread when it changes from WordPress. This addresses previous issues with missing Reactions (tweets, etc) and missing comments.
- More consistent handling of comment counts. Comment count script is included the default post loop, but can also be tweaked to be included in the wp_footer.
- Single sign-on with WordPress accounts integrated into plugin (VIP only).
- Fixes and compatibility workarounds with other WordPress plugins.
I, personally use Disqus here on THE Tech Scoop, there are two other main competitors for blog commenting (JS-Kit and Intense Debate). I haven’t used JS-Kit, but am familiar with Intense Debate. Interestingly enough, Intense Debate is part of the Automattic family and has incredibly tight linkages into WordPress, obviously – it appears thought that Disqus is getting very close to providing a similar feature set with this latest release.
Site owners out there – do you use a 3rd party comment system on your blog or do you stick with the included default?
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