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Disqus vs Squarespace: What are the differences?

Introduction: In this Markdown document, we will discuss the key differences between Disqus and Squarespace. Disqus is a third-party commenting system that can be integrated into websites, while Squarespace is an all-in-one website building platform.

  1. Integration: Disqus can be easily integrated into any website by adding a few lines of code. On the other hand, Squarespace comes with its own built-in commenting system, eliminating the need for a third-party integration.

  2. Customization: Disqus offers a high level of customization options for comments, allowing website owners to tailor the look and feel to match their website. Squarespace, on the other hand, has limited customization options for its built-in commenting system, restricting the design choices for the website owner.

  3. Authentication options: Disqus provides multiple authentication options for users to log in and leave comments, including social media logins, guest commenting, etc. Squarespace, on the other hand, primarily supports its own Squarespace account authentication for commenting.

  4. Analytics and moderation: Disqus offers advanced analytics and moderation tools, allowing website owners to track and analyze comments, manage spam, and moderate discussions effectively. Squarespace, while it provides some moderation capabilities, lacks the breadth and depth of features offered by Disqus.

  5. Community features: Disqus fosters a community aspect by allowing users to view and follow other users, receive notifications, and engage in discussions on multiple websites. Squarespace's built-in commenting system lacks these community-oriented features, providing a more straightforward commenting experience.

  6. Integration limitations: Squarespace's built-in commenting system is tightly integrated with its website builder, and switching to a different platform may require migrating comments manually. Disqus, being a standalone system, offers more flexibility in terms of integration with other platforms and facilitates seamless migration.

In summary, Disqus offers more customization options, advanced analytics and moderation tools, and community features. On the other hand, Squarespace has a built-in commenting system, limited customization options, and easier integration within the Squarespace platform.

Decisions about Disqus and Squarespace
Kamaldeep Singh

I usually take a slightly different tack because the technical level of people I usually am dealing with is lower. I tend to be pitching to decision makers and not tech people. A bit of my standard answer is below.

Wix and Squarespace are proprietary systems meant for unsophisticated users who want to build their own websites quickly and easily. While they are good for that specific use case, they do not offer any way to move beyond that if your needs arise. Since they are proprietary closed systems if you need something more advanced at some point your only option is to start over.

WordPress is an Open Source CMS that allows much more freedom. It is not quite as simple to setup and create a new site but if you are talking to me then you are not looking to build it yourself so that is really a non-issue. The main benefit of WordPress is freedom. You can host it on virtually any decent web hosting service and since it uses PHP and MySQL you can have virtually any developer take over a project without problem.

I believe in open source because of that freedom. It is good for me as a developer and it is good for my clients. If something were to happen to me or my company you would have no problem finding another qualified WordPress developer to take over the site in a totally seamless fashion. There would be no need to start from scratch.

Additionally the extensible nature of WordPress means that no matter what your future needs, WordPress can handle it. Adding things like e-commerce and custom quoting systems are just two examples of advanced solution's that I have added to WordPress sites years after they were first built.

WordPress is used by tiny one person businesses all the way up to major websites like the NY Times and I think it is right for this project as well.

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Pros of Disqus
Pros of Squarespace
  • 141
    Ease of use
  • 116
  • 62
    Great ui
  • 45
    Sign-up not required
  • 40
    Wordpress integration
  • 26
  • 18
    Up votes
  • 8
    Threaded discussion
  • 6
    Easy ghost integration
  • 4
    Tumblr Integration
  • 36
    Easy setup
  • 31
    Clean designs
  • 8
    Beautiful responsive themes
  • 6
    Easy ongoing maintenance
  • 3
    Live chat & 24/7 support team
  • 1
    No coding necessary

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Cons of Disqus
Cons of Squarespace
  • 4
  • 1
    Poor support
  • 1
    Bugs with migration tool
  • 1
    Hard to use custom code

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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.

What is Squarespace?

Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out.

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What are some alternatives to Disqus and Squarespace?
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.
Livefyre’s real-time apps get your audience talking and turn your site into the hub for your community. Bloggers, brands and the largest publishers in the world use Livefyre to engage their users and curate live content from around the social web.
Jetpack wraps webpack to create a smoother developer experience. Jetpack can be used instead of webpack, webpack-cli, webpack-dev-server and webpack-dev-middleware without writing any configuration. Jetpack is a thin wrapper around webpack, and can be extended with any of the webpack configuration.
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.
With Commento, you wouldn't need to worry about shady ad companies getting your data through hundreds of tracking services. You wouldn't need to worry about your page being slowed down - Commento uses just 22 kB total. And it's all open source.
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