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comment plugin wordpressLivefyre has been featured on our Best of WordPress Plugins list for a while now, but we’ve never looked at it in much detail before. Today I’d like to show you why I think this is the best commenting system you can run on your WordPress blog, and all the cool features it gives you.

Capture Social Conversations

One of the biggest problems with maintaining branded social accounts is that conversations about posts get lost. Social commentary has value, and it should be shown on the page it was originally referring to, but there’s really no easy way to do this – except LiveFyre.

When enabled, conversations regarding your posts on Twitter or Facebook will be pulled into your site. This alone is a feature that really makes it worthwhile if you have an active social presence.

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The ability to login via social connections is also a big feature for increasing engagement, and I personally really appreciate not having to type in names and passwords everywhere I go. When users connect, they can start tagging their friends in comments using @ notation, potentially bringing new readers to your blog. Social sharing can also be enabled by users, so comments they make will be automatically posted to Twitter or Facebook. It’s win-win all around.

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Realtime

Comments appear as they are posted, and a “listening” stat tells users how many people are currently reading the page, offering an incentive to post. With comments appearing in realtime, the chance of someone replying and a genuine conversation occuring right then and there is far greater. Compare this to the typical commenting, sending a notification, replying, possibly sending a notification that it’s been replied to… urgggh.

If users do want they can easily “follow” a topic, and set their individual notification options with far greater control than WordPress allows (even with the “follow comments by email” function added with WordPress JetPack How To Set Up Jetpack To Supercharge Your Self Hosted Wordpress Blog How To Set Up Jetpack To Supercharge Your Self Hosted Wordpress Blog Nobody would argue that WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platforms today. But surprisingly, not many people aware that there are actually two kinds of WordPresses out there: the dot-com and the... Read More )

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Superior Moderation

The default WordPress comment administration interface is fairly poor, as our own comment editor Tina knows all too well. Akismet is also getting a little dated in terms of spam protection, and it just doesn’t catch enough. LiveFyre works together with Impermium to stop spam and offensive comments, and it works really well. The moderation panel itself is also much easier to work with than the simplistic WordPress admin; you can even add notes explaining why the comment was banned or moderated for fellow admins to see.

LiveFyre also allows community flagging, meaning when comments are overlooked then your fellow readers can make sure they get moderated. You can also specify certain commenters as official moderators, useful if you don’t want to start handing out WordPress priveldges just for comment moderation.

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If you moderate multiple sites, you’ll also appreciate having them all in one central dashboard.

I want it. Now.

Calm down, I know it’s awesome and I know you need it right this instant. Thankfully, install is simple – just search for LiveFyre from within your WordPress plugin installs. Once activated, you’ll need to click the link that takes you to LiveFyre and authenticates you as the owner of the blog. Unfortunately, 2 of 3 sites I tested this on gave comment import errors; I’m working to sort these out with the LiveFyre support team now, but on the front end commenting is working fine so it seems to be a problem with just the actual database syncing and may be quite specific to my server.

The options within WordPress are non-existant. If you click on the LiveFyre link under the comments menu on the sidebar, you’ll get a message saying it’s working. That’s it. To adjust options and access the comment moderation panel, use the following URL

livefyre.com/admin

A few things you might want to adjust straight off

    • SocialSync – this pulls in comments from Facebook and Twitter. Enable under Settings -Widget Defaults. Click “Add Rule” and enter your Facebook Fan page to pull comments and posts from there.
    • Guest posting – by default, users need a LiveFyre account to comment. This probably isn’t what you want, so enable guest posting from Settings – Moderation
    • Profanity filter – oddly, this isn’t enabled by default, so rude comments will get through fine. Enable from Settings – Moderation

Is it worth the effort?

I’m utterly convinced LiveFyre is the best commenting system around, and it’s ability to tie together your branded social presence as well as easily enable users to integrate their own social friendships via tagging is something that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Let’s face it – the built-in WordPress commenting is woefully inadequate and has always been an afterthought to the main blog system; some might even call it broken. LiveFyre fixes that, and gives you all the features an ultimate commenting system should have; on both the front-end for users and the admin side for moderators. This is a must-have plugin, get it now!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve had some import problems too or what you think of LiveFyre, and be sure to check out all the other fantastic plugins hand-picked by me (and from your feedback) on our Best of WordPress Plugins page.

  1. Lew
    February 16, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Can't post on any site using Lyvefyre now. Not a fan.

  2. John
    March 12, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Hi!
    Are there any alternatives to livefyre, so it will be possible to get comments from Twitter/Facebook into the WordPress blog?

  3. Kerryvaaine Dark
    December 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Livefyre is really awesome, However in some technology ir doesnot support.

  4. Christopher Webb
    November 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I tried to use Livefyre on my WordPress site and it never worked.

  5. irfanali
    November 15, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Livefyre is really awesome,another good one is disqus plugin

  6. b
    November 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

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  7. Jhari
    November 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    For example you replied on the comment, will they receive a notification regarding my reply? TIA :)

  8. Carol Dodsley - The How2Girl
    October 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I have recently installed livefyre and disquis and comment luv and like each one for a different reason and would really like to have livefyre active on just ONE page of my website at a time - the problem I have is that I know i can install it using html but I dont know where to put the html or how to do this on a page in my WP site (I can switch off the other comment systems as I have a plugin for the and enable livefyre) but by default is is live on posts not pages?

    Ive been in touch with support and they have been really helpful but have sent me over to a WP forum post that tells you how to do it but its all "techy" and Im no tech so Im looking for someone that can talk in plain - do this press that copy this code right here language to help me

    Thank you
    Carol :)

    • Muo TechGuy
      October 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I'm not sure that's even possible Carol , but it's certainly an advanced feature that won't be possible to just put in simple terms. I'm fairly certain if you go this route, your livefyre comments won't be synced with your local wordpress database, and you'll simply be embedding a javascript based version of livefyre directly onto a specific template. Does that sound familiar to what they said?

      Ok, I can't really explain the whole process, but you'll need to learn how to customize your theme by creating a page template called page-slug.php, where slug is the permalink of the page you want it to appear on. Find the bit that refers to comments, and replace it with some livefyre code.

  9. Johns
    October 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm
  10. Jefferson Meneses
    October 7, 2012 at 12:25 am

    INteresting, i live Discus i´ll try LiveFire...

  11. Guilherme Vaz
    October 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hello, great post! Thanks for all the info!
    I have a question.. What if some day I want to uninstall LiveFyre, and I want to switch back to default wordpress comment system? Will all my comments be gone? Or when you said about the database sync, you mean that all the comments are stored in my wordpress database? Thanks!

    • Muo TechGuy
      October 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Certainly, comments remain within WordPress; I'm not sure about the social bits though, it maybe that Facebook comments are not stored locally - regular comments are fine though.

    • Guilherme Vaz
      October 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Great!
      I'm trying to install it on my local wordpress, using a local Apache server and MySql database, but I can't manage to connect to LiveFyre. After the installation, I when I click on the top message, LiveFyre says I don't have cookies enabled, but that's not true.
      I'm afraid of installing it directly on my blog first.

  12. Ian Woods
    October 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Great plugin!

  13. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I have made a WordPress plugin http://www.decalsdesign.com/Ultimate-facebook-comments-notify.html which will send beautiful email notifications when someone comments or replies using Facebook Social Comments Box on your blog (Till now now getting such email notification for Facebook Comments was not possible)...
    James I hope you like this.

  14. Gouri
    September 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Sounds cool... thanks for sharing. BTW, does it also integrate Facebook?

  15. Angel Rodriguez
    September 24, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Have you ever played with "Social Plugin" for wordpress? I'm currently running this comment system. It sits on my server, I'm not crazy about a third party keeping all my comments. Can you weigh-in on that?

    • muotechguy
      September 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Are you referring to this one Angel? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zoltonorg-social-plugin/screenshots/

      It looks like it's just a way of adding facebook comments to the page. I can't really see why you would do that if you dont want the comments to be held by facebook. What are your objectives for the comments, and perhaps I can suggest the best route to take...?

    • Angel Rodriguez
      September 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I'd love to have my twitter, facebook, google+ and regular comments all link and connect with one another.

      Social plugin, http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social/ pulls in comments from twitter and facebook. Unfortunately as I found out yesteday, it doesn't synch back to either of those systems. So the original commenter would not see any messages that are generated on the site.

      Also the email function doesn't seem to work as I am never notified of comments posted. I know livefyre had some recent updates, but judging from your email, I don't think you can reply via email just yet.

      What about the twitter and facebook replies though? Do they synch back and forth? I used it for sometime, and have it on my other site, but the other site is more for just showing my performances and comments don't really factor in.

      My main goal is to have everyone communicate and interact, even across the different social networks using my site. Also I do like to be able to reply via email, makes it easier. So notifications and replies via email are important to me, but i can live without that if I can have the former.

      Also, do you get to keep your comments on your server? Say for instance livefyre blew up....

      Thanks for getting back to me....

    • muotechguy
      September 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Syncing back to either is be impossible with any system I'm afraid; the main purpose of using these kind of plugins is to bring the value of social commentary back to your blog (which is otherwise lost to the ether) - not the other way around. LiveFyre does the same. Neither will be saved in your local comment database though, they simply exist on the pages as "here's some feedback we got from twitter and another conversation from facebook about this post" - they arent interactive.

      Livefyre doesnt have reply via email, no. If that's essential, you're better of with http://www.disqus.com , though that doesnt pull social media stuff.

    • Angel Rodriguez
      September 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry, I hadn't seen this comment and didn't receive a notification about it.

      I had a few people comment on posts that were pulled into my website, and when others replied or commented the convo was broken as the original poster never sees it. That sucks. :-( Maybe Using facebook comments would address that, but then I don't have twitter, and it forces people to have facebook. LOL.

      I think my system is probably best at this point, I keep all the messages on my own server, imported, etc. I do need to get the email notifications fixed.

      I liked disqus, but the same thing, they host it on their site. Thanks for the feedback.....

  16. Ibrahim Nadir
    September 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I wonder how i missed this article.! thanks bruce... this thing is on my website ten mins after i read this article of urz.

    You can see it live at :

    http://www.tipnest.com/repair-windows-xp-installation-cdnew-installation/

    :D thanks dude it looks awesome!

  17. Dan Simon
    August 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I'm using Disqus rithreally excited about the Social Conversations thing, but wondering is there any option for displaying comment counts?

    • James Bruce
      August 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Yes, it filters standard WP comment count functions just fine.

  18. Gerhard
    August 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I'm trying some things with regards to comment plugins. The best one I've tried was Disqus. Can't really tell if Livefyre is the "real thing," I want to try it out.

  19. andrea
    August 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Well, I am trying LF on my site as we speak, BUT I do think it is a bit on the buggy side and it doesn't integrate perfectly with my theme.
    All these things are pretty minor though if I could only manage to get the FB comment retrieval option going. It has been several days now and numerous emails to their technical support, but so far, no change.
    Personally this is the one feature I really want (leaving aside all the pretty layout, etc.) because I get a good deal of traffic on FB and this seems to be like a good opportunity to get it onto my blog.

    We shall see...

  20. rajkumarp
    August 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    i like this article very much...hehe

  21. Justin Bravo
    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I really like the flow and idea of livefyre but I can't get it to sync comments made on facebook back to the blog. It should be able to do that right?

    Maybe something in the settings or theme is messed up: http://bravidesign.com/blog

    However, being able to tag twitter and facebook contacts is stellar!!!

    • James Bruce
      August 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Posting comments from facebook back to local DB may be a professional level feature.

  22. mathew
    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I have downloaded the plugin and activated the plugin but nothing happens. I then open up the editing section and its nothing but code....can someone please explain where do i go from here? I would really appreciate anyones help. Sometimes i come across a plugin like this that just does my head in..no instruction with it or anything. If help is reading this you can find me here http://www.kindredcone.com this is not spam please. Its a real need help question. thanks -- Moderator can contact me via email i gave :P but i wont show my email to everyone here

    • muotechguy
      August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Sorry, but you havetn even activated the plugin. It's not appearing anywhere on your posts. Why would you be editing the code?

    • mathew
      August 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I activated it and went to look at it on site but it wasnt there. I then went back to the plugin, saw settings or edit settings something like this and inside was nothing but code. I didnt touch any code but this is where im stuck. So you think it just needs reinstalling? ill try

    • mathew
      August 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      its 100% activated i promise p.s thanks for quick reply!

    • muotechguy
      August 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      There are no settings, it just works. At least, it should. Try swtiching back to the WP default theme quickly and see its loading; if so, get in touch with their support team as your theme is doing something silly with the comments. Also, try disabling your comment realted plugins, like the subscribe to coments/jetpack etc

    • mathew
      August 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      ahhhh yes 2 good tips, thanks i will do. Thanks for your help muotechguy

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    August 3, 2012 at 1:22 am

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    • muotechguy
      August 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

      To someone who randomly comments on unrelated blog posts? I think not. By the way, your links were stripped anyway.

  24. Toufiq
    July 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I was using disqus, any option to migrate?

    • James Bruce
      July 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

      If you're running WordPress, just do a final manual sync of your comments using Disqus options, then deactivate it and activate LiveFyre. There's no "migration" per se, but Disqus comments will be in your WordPress db, and Livefyre will import WordPress comments.

  25. Vinil
    July 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    How does this compare with disqus? I have been using disqus for a long time on one of my blogs and am quite happy with it.. However, I had some compatibility issues with disqus on another blog I own, so I added Livefyre and it works fine.. Not sure if it has any advantages over disqus, it feels as good as disqus to me, not any better or any worse.. what do you think? What sort of advantages does Livefyre have over disqus?

    • James Bruce
      July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Much better than Disqus, but I'm jaded as it managed to kill our servers daily here at MakeUseOf. Livefyre posts comments back to the local db in real time, Disqus just sotred them all up until some arbitrary time, when it hammer the servers and take it down. For a small site though - the social media integration is probably the biggest advantage. Pulling in comments from twitter and facebook is incredibly valuable.

  26. Jenny
    July 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I just heard that Sony may be reconsidering pre-owned games for the PS4 so that we'll still be able to buy pre-owned or used games... that's awesome! I thought for sure they were going to screw us and not allow it like they were talking about...

    • James Bruce
      July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Sorry, we removed the URL field, so your link to spam site never existed.

  27. Jane Boursaw
    July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the great write-up. I like LiveFyre for bringing in comments from social networks, but a couple of questions that the LiveFyre people can't seem to figure out:

    1) The comments are not syncing with my WP dashboard. I'm getting trackbacks into the dashboard, but real-people comments are not coming in at all. I've disabled other comment plugins, including Akismet, but still nothing. Any clues?

    2) Does LiveFyre only bring in comments from a FB page? It doesn't seem to bring in anything from my FB profile, even though I've added it on the LiveFyre dashboard.

    Thanks much for any help.

    • muotechguy
      July 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Well, I was going to say email their support team but if they cant figure it out...

      My comments are syncing fine; does the livefyre page within wordpress indicate any errors? How is your hosting setup? Perhaps theres something unique about your db tthats making it difficult to sync?

      I'm not sure of a difference between a page and profile, but yes, i think its safe to assume it only works with pages; this might be due to permissions though

    • Jane Boursaw
      July 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks so much for the note. I don't see any errors on the LiveFyre page in WP (I actually see NOTHING on that page - not even "everything's working fine").

      I just tweeted about it, and they said they're still working on it. I really do love the "conversation" aspect of LiveFyre, but do need those comments coming into my wp dashboard. Hopefully we'll figure it out.

  28. Joris
    July 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Why aren't you using Livefyre?

    • muotechguy
      July 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      *Me* personally, I do. I have it implemented on all my own personal stes. With reagrds to using it at MakeUseOf though, we are currently considering it, however there's a lot more to think about - like our social login system, gaming and rewards where you get points for commenting etc. If I have my way, we will totally have it here at some point though. ...

  29. John Ringgold
    June 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    WOW, I spent a few hours last week trying three different Facebook Comment plugins and couldn't get any of them to work consistently with my Genesis themed site.

    Just installed LiveFyre and it seems to be working flawlessly! Awesome!

  30. Bobby
    June 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    We use LiveFyre on our blog, http://www.TechInform.us. It works well for our use. Check our blog out!

  31. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I actually came across a site using livefyre some time back. My initial though was that it seemed a good alternative for disqus . By the way i would like to know the cons of installing a third part commenting system on a blog. If for any reason you remove their plugin, will all the comments posted using their system, get removed ?

    • muotechguy
      June 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

      No, comments are kept in sync, so you wont lose any. If it works right, of course. On a site this large we had some databsae syncing issues when we used disqus, and some comments were lost. For most sites, this wont be an issue.

      Other cons? Well, you can't adjust the code, nor implement any wordpress comment plugins. Basically, all features for commenting will come from livefyre. You couldnt add an extra comment field for "hometown" or something like that.

  32. Susendeep Dutta
    June 11, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Is MUO thinking about implementing it as an alternative to Disqus and the current WordPress commenting system?

    Can it count and display the number of comments posted by a user in different sections of a site?

    I would be happy to see if it gets implemented or something more better than this.

    • muotechguy
      June 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Not sure if there is a comment counting facility; its not really a common use-case I dont think.

      I would love to see it used here, but this won't be happening in the near future.

    • jennalanger
      June 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Hey there, Jenna from Livefyre here. Thanks so much for the writeup and feel free to reach out to us with any questions, or if you're interested in implementing here. We have a great set of premium features as well for more custom, single sign-on experiences.

    • James Bruce
      June 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Hi Jenna, do you have an email we could contact you on? Mine is jamesbruce@ this domain. Thanks!

  33. Arun Singh
    June 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    If this is best comment plugin for wordpress it should we on MUO blog too.

    • muotechguy
      June 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

      I think so too, but there are some technical considerations when dealing with a site as large as ours.

  34. David Cramer
    June 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Is this really newsworthy?

    • muotechguy
      June 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

      News is a very small part of what we cover here. We cover anything that a reader can "make use of", including those who run blogs. If you wish to view news posts only, try the news links on submenu in the header. This is not one of them.

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