While there are many guestbook scripts active out there these days, I think it is about time the guestbookers of the world join the rest of us in the year 2010. The idea of hosting a guest book has come and gone, and has been replaced by much more efficient ways of communication.
So what could you replace your guestbook with? I have a few suggestions that might meet your needs.
Shout Box – Shout boxes are usually little boxes that life in the sidebar of a web site, and allow people to comment live on the web page with other users. One of the more popular shout box-like services I would recommend looking into would be Google Friend Connect’s comments gadget.
Blog – Getting a blog setup and running on your web hosting account is another great way to get commenting added to your web site fairly easily. Almost every blog script out there will let you comment on an article you post. Our Blog Hosting Guide is a great first step to check out, if you want to get a blog powered by WordPress up and running in less than an hour.
Forums – My last suggestion is a script and service that just screams for user participation. Forum scripts will give your web site visitors a place to post their own topics, have discussions and interact with each other on your web hosting account. Out of all the forum scripts out there, I think SMF might be the very best.
So there you have three more modern ways to have comments left on a web page, that will finally help put the final nail in the coffin for the online guestbook. If you have any other suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments.