I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like we are in need of a new comment system.
As I am sure most of you are aware, we use JS-Kit’s Echo comment system. I have always liked it and think it is one of the best, if not the best commenting system available. I am particularly fond of the feature where it grabs comments about posts on all kinds of social media platforms like Twitter and friendfeed and you can log in with all of the major login providers from Twitter and Facebook to OpenID. Unfortunately, they have upped their prices so much that I can no longer afford to keep them as a comment system.
I learned about them shortly after they were launched and signed up after seeing how great the service was. At the time, the cost was $12/yr for the service, which was a good value for what I got. Unfortunately, sometime in the past year, they decided to change their pricing structure and even the cheapest option which is for sites with under 100k views a month, the cost has gone up 10x. Going from $12/yr to $120 is a tad on the insane side. If we had lots more comments on posts than we currently get, it might be worth it but when I haven’t made a penny on this site in a couple of months, I can’t justify the expense. Global Geek News has always been a money pit anyway between hosting, domains, comment systems and everything else, I have spent hundreds of dollars more on the site than I have ever made. So here is where I need you help.
I have 28 days to come up with a solution. At this point, I see two options, I can either go with another comment system or if we get enough donations, I will keep Echo. Ideally, I would like to see us get some donations to keep it but if history has shown me anything, that isn’t going to happen. It would be a great surprise if it did though! Assuming that doesn’t happen, what I am looking for is suggestions for what comment system to go with. I really don’t want to go back to the normal WordPress comment system but I can if I need to. I have seen a number of other really nice comment systems that bring in comments from other services such as Twitter but I am not sure which one to go with. I am leaning toward DISQUS but I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on what I should do. Do you have suggestions for another service? I want to hear about it!
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