[Sponsored] Comments are a basic element of any blog or website because they add a layer of "Interactivity" to your website. Blogging in itself should be "interactive" and not a monologue; you would want to know what your visitors feel about your blog post and should allow have them the ability to speak and share their thoughts on the subject.
Most blogging platforms have their own comment system to allow people to write their opinions. For example: Blogger blogs have inbuilt comment forms embedded in the theme, WordPress.com sites have the same while self hosted WordPress blogs have some more control on how the comments are displayed and controlled. But there are some situations when you may want to use an independent commenting script on your website, blog, forum etc. Some examples are as follows:
- You run a 5 page company website where you don’t want to use a complex comment moderation script. All you want is a simple plug and play code, without having to spend hours of time writing the code and setting it up.
- You have launched a contest on your micro blog which requires visitors to comment on a blog post. You don’t want to launch a new blog, just for the sake of aggregating comments. You are looking for a script which can let visitors temporarily comment on a webpage. After a few days, you would remove the entire script and the comments are removed permanently.
- You want to start a small 20 member forum but do not have enough experience with Forum building scripts e.g PHPbb, BBPress and so on.
If you are no geek and want a simple comment widget for your website or forum, try Pnyxe.com. In their own words:
Pnyxe’s mission is to enable website visitors to speak, and provide website owners with the ability to hear. When you visit one of the tens of thousands of Pnyxe implementations, you’ll be able to interact and add comments in many different languages; check how many people view your comments; improve your author’s reputation, publish your posts to social networks and much more. We also provide ways to express yourself from anywhere on the web without the need to sign up or take any special actions.
After you have slapped the comment box code to your site’s source code, here is how the comment form will look.
Pnyxe is also a full fledged WYSIWYG editor which provides more options, other than commenting. Site visitors can attach photos from their computer, choose their own fonts and colors, align the comments and share their comment on social websites like Twitter, Facebook – directly from the comment box itself.
Pnyxe provides users with a comment box and also a Forum widget which a professional forum system that will allow you to create a forum within your website without having to install any additional software. Overall, the ease of use of the software will allow companies to just copy paste some script code and implement complicated systems in their websites.
The free version of Pnyxe is ad supported. However, you can upgrade your account to "Pro" ($4.99 a month, 2 weeks free trial) and enjoy no advertisements, Google indexing, permissions management, "recent posts" widget, instant email phone support and much more. Have a look at their pricing page here.
Disclaimer: The above post is a sponsored review and all the views in this post are unbiased.