Why I deactivated my comment section on inadoo.com

You may know that a 2013 study concluded that comments influenced the reader’s understanding of an article. Lastly, I have read comments from many comment sections of different websites and I have found that the information quality in those comments was most of the time very poor.

Adding comments on a post is like putting your text and comments of random people on an equal footing.

Trolling

Whatever the subject, there are trolls who write text that has no value for a subject. On one hand, the authors perform research to write high quality articles. In this case, it can hurt the reputation and the website quality. I have found that “trolling” is THE major issue of comment sections today. There are comments that are full of allegations, prejudices, stereotypes.

Undercover advertisements

Undercover marketers advertise their products by posting fake comments about a product or a service. By doing so, they influence the readers and the author of the blog. However, they can mislead the readers by telling big lies about a product. Even if an article talks about the weaknesses of a product, the comments can persuade people to buy it even if it would be a major mistake.

My opinion

In this context, moderating useless comments are a waste of time. It is a new form of spam. It has no value and it is useless for your website. Some people say that comments are good for SEO. I have no proof that a long text will bring more traffic. People don’t understand that on a page you put on the same level high quality text and poor quality text. However, when you write an article, you can add quality text whenever you want to get more words.

Forums are better than comments section even if it required moderation.

Review of DIVI 3.0

DIVI 3.0 is a wordpress theme that includes a very powerful page builder. DIVI 3.0 is compatible with woocommerce.

Modules of DIVI 3.0:

Accordion, audio, bar counters, blog, call to action, Circle counter, code, comments, contact form, countdown timer, email optinportfolio, gallery (lightboxes), image, login, map, post navigation, post slider, pricing tables, sidebar, slider, social media follow, testimonial, text, toggle, video, video slider.

I have highlighted the useful modules of DIVI 3.0 that prevent you to install additional plugins.

Predefined layouts of DIVI 3.0:

It is really one of the strength of DIVI 3.0. DIVI 3.0 comes with a series of predefined layouts to save you time creating web pages. They aren’t gadgets and can tremendously speed up the web design process. For example, the “product features” predefined layout comes with several section that can be modified in a wysiwyg environment.

DIVI 3.0 is not for web developers

I have tried to change the blog mode of DIVI using CSS and the way the theme has been coded makes it almost impossible to change using CSS. Meanwhile, it is easy to build up a website the “DIVI way”. It means that you must use the DIVI settings and the DIVI page builder. DIVI 3.0 is great for those who don’t know CSS and PHP.

Focus on the DIVI page builder to create a website

The DIVI page builder has as many features as elementors. I still don’t understand why DIVI 3.0 was not marketed as a page builder rather than a wordpress theme. Changes are updated straight ahead when changes are made on the page. The DIVI page builder has the same look and feel than Elementor and Visual composer. Take a look at my DIVI 3.0 demo to see whether DIVI would be a good fit for your project.

The limits

The limits of DIVI are related to the modules of the DIVI page builder. I strongly recommend not to try to use CSS or PHP in the DIVI 3.0 theme as it would be have bad consequences on the whole website. I have tried it and I had problems after changing the CSS of the blog page using the CSS editor of the “theme customization” option. In fact, I have been unable to get a satisfying result using the CSS. It was due to the way the CSS is coded. Also, the widgets of the sidebar are limited to the wordpress widgets.

DIVI 3.0 is good for which types of website?

I think DIVI can be useful for small and medium company websites because it gives the ability to create good looking full width web pages to present teams, products, portfolios, locations, contact forms quickly thanks to the predefined layouts and the modules of DIVI 3.0.

My DIVI 3.0 demo

I have installed a DIVI 3.0 demo in a subdirectory of my website. I have created pages and posts using the predefined layouts of DIVI 3.0. No widget plugins have been installed. Apart from security no other plugins have been installed. The idea was to show how DIVI 3.0 layouts looked like out of the box.

How to know when it is time to create a new youtube channel?

Here is a methodology to know when you should create a new youtube channel:

  • Think about your potential viewers. Draw the profile of your potential viewer. On the internet people watch what they like. You have bring the content people like to those people. For instance, if their are vegans it is easy to define what they like and what they don’t like. It is easy to determine what they want to see and what they don’t want to see.
  • Choose a subject that is wide enough to create many videos. On a paper, write subjects and the titles of the videos that could be uploaded for every subject. If there is no enough potential videos for one subject, it means the subject is not wide enough.
  • Create a youtube channel in a new language. Many Youtubers make the mistake to upload different videos with the same language. They forget that their viewers are not polyglots.

What people advise you may not be good for you:

I know that lots of youtubers encourage to keep online one channel to keep the biggest number of subscribers. However, the youtubers with this opinion are the ones who have an eponym youtube channel meaning that the subject of their channel is a person. When the subject is a person, you can talk about everything. Nevertheless it is an exception.

For instance, Casey Neistat can talk about everything on his youtube channel. One day he can review a camera, the day after he can review a boosted board and the three videos following those 2 videos can be dedicated to a trip in France. On the other hand, that’s not what other youtubers can do.

Let’s imagine you have a youtube channel about vegan recipes. You can’t dedicate one video to fishing or hunting on your channel. That does not make sense.

Think about the subscribers:

In fact, you should always think about the reaction of your subscribers when they will receive a notification about your new video. The new video should not be a disappointment. If someone creates a youtube channel about one programming language, let’s say javascript for instance, subscribers expect you to upload videos about Javascript. Then, you can create another Youtube channel for another programming language and advertise this channel on your first channel dedicated to Javascript.