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5 Major Disadvantages of Google Plus Comments Plugin

The Google+ Commenting System Google introduced a while back was a marginal improvement over the default Blogger comments system and it ...


Google Plus Commenting System


The Google+ Commenting System Google introduced a while back was a marginal improvement over the default Blogger comments system and it also looks a lot better. We earlier shared a tutorial on how to enable this Google Plus commenting system for Blogger blogs. But some people still have problems implementing it on custom templates. And as it turns out, there are certain performance issues too. Here are some reasons not to implement it on your blog.


Moving your comments from one system to another is not as painless as you'd like it to be. Once you implement one system, you should pretty much stick to it unless there's a major problem with it.





Granted that the Google Plus comment system is an improvement over the Blogger comments layout, there are certain things you should know before you implement it. These things might not bother you, but for some users out there, these can be a deal-breaker. So heed well before implementing.


Lack of moderation options



Here's one area I particularly like to scrutinize with any comments system. An ideal commenting system has moderator roles in addition to basic moderation options. Kinda like a forum. This Google Plus comments system has no such options unfortunately.





Since people are required to log in through Google Plus, comments on your blog posts are as moderable as a social media post, say on Facebook or Google Plus. You can't prevent spammers, and the only thing you can do is delete undesirable comments. The rest is left upto the system, and Google Plus will automatically hide comments which it thinks is spam. You can review these hidden comments by clicking on the blue review comments bar.


Google Account login



That brings us to the other problem. To make a comment on your blog, readers will need to have a Google Account. If they don’t have one, they will be forced to create a Google account before they can comment on your Blog. Google is trying to force-feed their accounts to everybody they can!


Commenting gadgets disabled



If you're using a custom commenting widget on your blog, such as a Recent Comments plugin, it will no longer work properly with this new commenting system because a majority of these widgets depend on the default Blogger commenting system.


Google Plus profile



To enable the feature, you will have to switch your Blogger Profile to Google+.





There's another potential pitfall. If your change your Blog URL to a custom domain after using Google+ Comments for a while, the G+ comments will be lost when you make the switch!





If you think you're all settled in and won't be changing the URL or anything, then you can go ahead and implement this new system. But don't start using it prior to a potential domain change.

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