Livefyre: New (And GOOD!) Commenting System on Bun Bun Makeup Tips


I am all smiles and feel free like a bird when I write this post.

Like this.

MUAHAHA!! So long, farewell, spammers and trolls!

As bloggers, we think all the time about improving our blogs. So finally I thought I’ve had enough of my in-house commenting system. Not that it’s terrible or anything, no way. In fact, my dear friend put in good effort to make the Bun Bun Makeup Tips comment system work and it has served me well from the get-go.

I also had Akismet installed but the recent bizarre episode of having comments people made on the Makeup Geek’s Facebook page posted on the Bun Bun Makeup Tips blog instead has driven me quite up the wall. It was like we had a virtual body swap. The MUG Team said they have never experienced something so queer before. You might want to read what happened here.

My friend was very kind to provide immediate remedy with captcha and the comments did stop. However, ALL comments stopped! All of a sudden I didn’t receive any comments for a span of 3 days. Quite alarming!

I actually did not know the captcha thing had been installed as I was incredibly busy the past week attending meetings and events; I checked emails on the go, and that was how I realized the blog did not have any engagement activity when no email notification for new comments were received.

When I finally had time to check out what’s wrong, I went to look at a post and saw the captcha thing and GASPED!


What in the world is this ugly thing?!?!

I didn’t take a screenshot of my captcha, but we all know how captcha looks like right?


Mine had blue words and white background, meaning UGLIER.

Now, before you think I am an ungrateful brat for complaining about my friend’s ingenious move to temporarily impede further spamming from Makeup Geek’s commenters, I am not! I just have a strong personal dislike for captcha. Especially indecipherable ones!

They are not only ugly, hard to read, but it’s an extra step for readers to connect with bloggers. So many times I’ve enjoyed a post, wanted to leave a comment for the blogger but got turned off by captcha or some error message. And if it still doesn’t work after two or three (if I really enjoyed the post), I’ll just leave it as that.

My ex-boss used to say that people are innately lazy, period. Not lazy as in sluggish about life in general, but anything that makes a person do more than is socially acceptable will chase away the desire to engage.

The moment I saw the captcha thing, I thought ‘THIS IS IT’. So I went to do some research on external comment hosting applications and the two most highly compared ones are Disqus and Livefyre. It didn’t take long or much to convince me to take up Livefyre.

Here are some questions I thought you might ask:

What Is Livefyre?

Because Livefyre authenticates using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, OpenID and of course, a Livefyre account, it reduces the likelihood of spam. I’m sure spammers will get around it someday, but for now, this feature makes me very happy.

Livefyre replaces comments with live conversations – real-time commenting. So while some in-house commenting systems require the refreshing of page to view the recent comment you entered (assuming it’s one that does not tell you ‘Your comment will be visible after moderation’), Livefyre posts your comment in real-time.

What happens to old comments, you ask? Fret not, it took about 10 minutes for my 3000+ comments to get migrated. And the process is seamless! Really seamless! I signed up for an account and Livefyre automatically filed the comment plugin on the blog. No adding of scripts, no updating of versions, no glitch. I was so impressed!

You need another reason? Temptalia’s using Livefyre, and if one of the most popular beauty product reviews blogger is using it on her blog, it should be a-okay.

I like that my commenting system now looks more friendly and more inviting for readers to talk to one another. You can share your comments on Facebook or Twitter, tag your friends (add @) to get them to join the conversation, even if they don’t read Bun Bun Makeup Tips.

Now your blog can be the hub of engagement, where people can share and talk to one another. YAY!

There are so many other features and it’s so exciting to discover the possibilities!

I swear I’m not paid by or affiliated to Livefyre in any way, I’m just very excited to finally have a robust commenting system!

How Do I Leave A Comment Using Livefyre?

You can sign in using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, OpenID or sign up for a Livefyre account.

Then just comment as you normally would.

Please leave a comment below as this would be the first post upon the integration of Livefyre into the blog! 😀

I Don’t Like Change. Why Did You Abandon The Old Commenting System?

While we can never really avoid having trolls who bask in pathetic solitary enjoyment in leaving nonsensical comments, we can reduce good ol’ spam – those automated processes that leave links to sites that sell imitation Chanel bags. LOL.

Akismet could no longer keep up with the number of spam I was getting. Remember, more comments = increased spam. I needed a system that could sieve out spam on its own before I had to do the manual job.

In my research I discovered that in the early stages of Livefyre, editing of comments was not available. If I had known about Livefyre then, I’d not have considered it at all. What’s the use of having a commenting system that does not allow the admin/moderator to edit for bad links or inflammatory remarks to others? Luckily Livefyre has since upped its game – on 29 May 2012 actually so it’s very recent – and moderators can now edit comments.

I do understand that people are naturally resistant to change. But we’re all internet savvy so it shouldn’t be too hard to get into it. I hope you’ll continue to leave your wonderful comments on my blog. 😀

I appreciate every single comment made on Bun Bun Makeup Tips. Every commenter takes time and effort and thought to leave a comment, and so, as you all know, I always make sure to reply every single comment.

If you are a blogger and care about reader engagement as much as I do, it is time to consider moving away from built-in commenting systems offered by WordPress, Blogger, etc. They are good for a start, but when your blog grows, so will the number of spam and trolls. It is best to employ a robust commenting system to complement your blog’s growth instead of having one that deters.

Thanks to all those who sent me tweets and emails regarding the old commenting system! It was very nice of those of you who said you didn’t want to comment for fear of adding to my workload of sieving out spam from real comments. It’s gonna be AWESOME from now on with Livefyre!

I need your participation to make sure this works so please comment okie? 😀


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • mjacqueline

    Hey Bun Bun, useful post as usual. I’ll look it up and perhaps think about changing too.

  • BooBooNinja

    I’m glad you found a solution!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @BooBooNinja YES! So super duper glad I no longer have to deal with spam. Trolls, probably hard to avoid, but spam, definitely. Thanks for commenting on the new system! This comment system makes me feel very ‘clean’. HAHAHA

  • Chirri

    Congratulations on the new system! I’ve seen livefyre used somewhere else, but for the life of me I cannot recall where. Mebbe the SDL blog. I’m one of those people who prefers not to sign up for something like livefyre unless I’ll use it for multiple places, so this seems like a good time to finally use it myself.
    Hopefully this clears everything up for you. And yes, there are some really ugly, very difficult to decipher captchas out there, and the really “busy” ones turn me off like crazy. There are still some decent versions – I like the copies of messed up printing or odd spellings better than the purposefully warped ones. Then again, I’m a dork. =x

  • jeanniesmiles

    Yes! I’m all for not having spam and silly trolls :) I’m also a regular Temptalia reader and so far it seems to be working well for her. 

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @jeanniesmiles The fact that she uses it too makes me feel… safe. Haha

  • anonhedonist

    hello bunbun! i’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and i just wanted to say that you’re one of the most detail oriented bloggers around!  i love how you’re constantly improving on your blog and the amount of pride you take in it. thanks for being so informative, as always :)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @anonhedonist Thank you for reading my blog and appreciating my work! And thanks for leaving this comment, it means so much to me that you can see my emphasis on detail through my work and take time to tell me that. =D

  • tonygreene113

    Hey bunbun, welcome to the Livefyre community. I’ve been using the system for nearly a year. 

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @tonygreene113 Thanks! Any problems encountered so far?

      • tonygreene113

         @BunBunMakeupTips What’s been great about the system has been the easily accessible support from their team of engineers. I can honestly say, no, I haven’t had any issues from Day One that made me want to removed their system from my site.
        The issues I have had were usually caused by me.

  • lydtorres

    Hello? This is a test for my livefyre account, lets see if it works? I hope that more and more blogs I follow migrate to this system, it seems neat and I like that you don’t need multiple accounts.

    • tonygreene113

       @lydtorres i got your message here in Florida..welcome to the Livefyre community..

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @lydtorres Yup! I see your comment =)

  • Harimaguada

    Hohohoh this is great!!! much better !!!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @Harimaguada Hahaha thanks for supporting the switch! I had enough of spam!

  • annedreshfield

    Hi Bun Bun, welcome to the Livefyre community! I have to say, I adore the fact that more makeup bloggers are installing Livefyre. :) I’ll be a regular here! Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or feedback for us. We’d love to help! 

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @annedreshfield Thanks for listening in! I hope more beauty bloggers make the switch too, to a more robust comment system at the very least. Some really turn me off with their multi-level captcha despite great content.

      • annedreshfield

         @BunBunMakeupTips I agree. I read beauty blogs in my spare time, as I’m sure many others do, and if I’d like to leave a comment really fast multi-level captcha just turns me off. Huzzah for robust commenting platforms! 

  • Vrede

     have just signed i with livefyre, but the background is an awful green. How do I change that to look like yours?. Any assistance out there as we are waiting for livefyre to respond to two issues, maybe I can get some help here from someone.

    • Bun Bun

      Hello! I didn’t have this issue when I installed it. No awful green background. It came the way as you see it now so I’m not sure about this color change issue.

  • Vrede

    Hi There, I have just signed up with livefyre and I’d like to know how to change the background colour, which is an ugly green to a more transparent colour like yours here? I am waiting for livefyre to assist me, but it seems to take some time as my programmer also registered as owner/ moderator of my site (pretty silly) leaving me to sign in as a guest. How can I remove him and replace with my information as owner/moderator. Also awaiting livefyre to respond to this issue and I’m sure they will, I just do not know when. Someone help please!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @Vrede Hello! I didn’t have this issue when I installed it. No awful green background. It came the way as you see it now so I’m not sure about this color change issue.

      • Vrede

         Thanks very much for your reply, much appreciated. I have mailed them again to ask help. Enjoy!

        • tonygreene113

           @Vrede Are you sure the background color problem is n ot being caused by your site’s CSS files? After adding the Livefyre system, there should be no issue with coloring of the site’s background.

        • Vrede

          Thanks very much Tony, problem solved!

    • sarkari in

      @Vrede Maybe some other issue other than livefyre. Try to deactivate other plugins one by one you might get an answer.

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  • BooBooNinja

     @mjacqueline Hey Miss Jacqueline :)(I might as well start the commenting interactions. woo hoo!)

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @mjacqueline Thanks! =) Yes, it’s really worth considering, especially since spam, or rather the humans behind it, are getting cleverer and harder to detect by anti-spam software.

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @Chirri I’m pretty sure you’ll get to use your Livefyre account on more and more blogs. Otherwise you can always log in to comment with Twitter, FB, etc.
    I’m just glad this external comment system has eradicated spam. No more wasting time to look through nonsensical sentences sent by bots!
    I do look forward to the day where we no longer have to deal with ugly and undecipherable captcha!