EffectiveDiscussions (ED) is another commenting system, new this year 2017 (well 2018 now). Demo:
It’s free and open source, + there’s blog comments hosting for €2 if you don’t want to maintain your own server. Gmail and FB login, and email & password. (I’m developing it.)
There’re many Disqus alternatives on this page, but all of them — either they don’t provide hosting so you need to provide your own server. Or they’re not ready, lacks moderation features. Or they’re proprietary, closed source. (StaticMan requires GitHub which is closed source.) …
… EffectiveDiscussions is the only alternative that’s open source, is ready to use, and also provides hosting. It actually has improvements over Disqus (work in progress), look here.
What are your thoughts about this? I think I’ll give Hugo + ED a try now So far I’ve used it with Gatsby only.
To get started, go here:
https://www.effectivediscussions.org and click Create Forum, and then click Blog Comments. — Please tell me if you want to install ED yourself on your own server, because so far I have written getting-started installation instructions only for the forum software parts of ED (not the embedded comments parts).