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Discourse vs Disqus: What are the differences?

What is Discourse? The 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.

What is Disqus? Elevating the discussion, anywhere on the web. Disqus looks to make it very easy and rewarding for people to interact on websites using its system. Commenters can build reputation and carry their contributions from one website to the next.

Discourse and Disqus are primarily classified as "Forums" and "Commenting Service" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Discourse are:

  • Remembers your place
  • Log in with … anything
  • Paste to share images

On the other hand, Disqus provides the following key features:

  • Clean & Intuitive- We designed the platform to be clutter-free, which keeps people's eyes focused on the discussion itself.
  • Fully real-time Live discussions- Discussions unfold in real-time. Comments stream as they are posted and user activity indicates life on your website.
  • Activity indicators- Indicators make it easier for people to notice, see, and interact with new content and activity as it happens.

"Open source" is the top reason why over 20 developers like Discourse, while over 140 developers mention "Ease of use" as the leading cause for choosing Disqus.

Discourse is an open source tool with 28.6K GitHub stars and 6.47K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Discourse's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Disqus has a broader approval, being mentioned in 458 company stacks & 89 developers stacks; compared to Discourse, which is listed in 42 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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Pros of Discourse
Pros of Disqus
  • 25
    Open source
  • 17
    Fast
  • 12
    Email digests
  • 8
    Better than a stereotypical forum
  • 7
    Perfect for communities of any size
  • 6
    Made by same folks from stackoverflow
  • 6
    Built with Ember.js
  • 6
    It's perfect to build real communities
  • 5
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Made by consolidated team with a working business
  • 2
    Translated into a lot of Languages
  • 2
    Configurations
  • 1
    Easy flag resolution
  • 141
    Ease of use
  • 116
    Free
  • 62
    Great ui
  • 45
    Sign-up not required
  • 40
    Wordpress integration
  • 26
    Replies
  • 18
    Up votes
  • 8
    Threaded discussion
  • 6
    Easy ghost integration
  • 4
    Tumblr Integration

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Cons of Discourse
Cons of Disqus
  • 2
    Heavy on server
  • 1
    Difficult to extend
  • 1
    Notifications aren't great on mobile due to being a PWA
  • 4
    Ads
  • 1
    Poor support
  • 1
    Bugs with migration tool

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What is Discourse?

Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.

What is Disqus?

Disqus looks to make it very easy and rewarding for people to interact on websites using its system. Commenters can build reputation and carry their contributions from one website to the next.

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What are some alternatives to Discourse and Disqus?
Flarum
Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.
Discord
Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.
Slack
Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
XenForo
It is a commercial Internet forum software package written in the PHP programming language.
Threads Forum
It is designed to help teams inform, discuss, and make decisions at scale. For leaders at every level of a company, it is a platform for work that best delivers on decision making by tapping into the collective wisdom of an entire team, providing everyone with a voice to assure better business outcomes.
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