★ Supported Systems
- IntenseDebate (http://www.intensedebate.com)
- Disqus (http://www.disqus.com)
- JS-Kit (http://js-kit.com/comments/)
★ Typical Comment System Features
- Comment Threading
- Commenter Profiles
- Reputation Points & Comment Voting
- RSS Readers & Tracking
- HTML Formatting
RokComments requires Joomla SEF is required to be turned on for this plugin to function properly and interact reliably with these comment systems. This is because the comments are associated with the URL and non-SEF URLs with & in them are truncated by these systems.
Apart from that looks nice and seems to work well but I will be hunting for other options with more integration before I go live.
But if you need a good integration for off site commenting services, this would be the real deal.
Downfall is, every time you load a page, it connects to the off site service and slows down the load access times. If the off site service is having issues, you may not have a page load. That is certainly not the issue of the plug however, but I found the outside service to not be acceptable.
It was dead simple to set up with just one plugin and the whole thing was up and running in less than 5 minuets.
It’s possible to control which articles have comments in the plugin parameters by either the menu and individual articles or by an extra plugin that is a comments button, which once installed, appears on the bottom bar of your text editor.
The only downside I have found is that IntenseDebate itself doesn’t allow much in the way of customisation; personally I’m fairly happy with it straight out of the box but if you read their forum posts, customisation and how to achieve it is always the main topic.
IntenseDebate also includes half a dozen or so gadgets to add to the commenting, including a most commented sidebar, but the one I really liked and am now using is the social networking links tab which allows visitors to link your article with any of the many social networking and other similar sites out there.
One other thing I particularly liked was that when notified of a new comment, the email notification included the option to moderate via a return email and also the IP address of the person who commented, which could be really useful if you needed to block someone for spam or abuse etc.
Thanks to the team at rockettheme for this great free plugin which couldn’t make adding commenting to a Joomla site any easier.
Basically you have to change your SEF settings and then it works like a charm. I'm not worried about a third party having "access" to my comments. Nothing that sensitive is going to be on there anyway. In short, it's a great little plug-in but the power comes from the intensedebate engine itself.
Then i added the code to another article and noticed that the comments are the same on every article. If this issue is fixed, this plugin will be amazing. But at this point it is worthless.
SEF is required for this plugin to work because of the way the comments are stored for IntenseDebate, Disqus, JS-Kit etc, they don't like URLs with & in them, so default joomla URLs are truncated and don't work properly. Just enable SEF and it will work fine.
See comment above, SEF is required due to limitations in the comment services themselves. This is not something we can fix in the plugin.
Although it looks very nice I won't use it because I don't like the fact that 3rd party has access to user comments and that my site is depended on them.
Very nice plugin.