Day 26: Fighting WordPress Comment Spam
Everyone hates spam. Even spammers hate spam. Fighting comment spam on your WordPress site can be a difficult process if you don’t know what you’re doing. Thankfully there are WordPress plugins that make fighting comment spam on your WordPress website super easy to manage.
The Spam Champion – Akismet
Akismet is without a doubt the most powerful WordPress plugin out there for fighting comment spam. Not only is it the most powerful, but it is the easiest and non-intrusive way to fight spam. Simply install Akismet, enter in your API key, and let Akismet do all the work.
While Akismet has a free option, paying provides priority filtering, faster and more reliable filtering, and no traffic limits or throttles. You can even pick your own yearly price or choose a monthly plan.
The Nuclear Option to fight Spam – Captcha
For most websites a Captcha is not necessary. But for those who are absolutely swamped with spam, using a Captcha could be the only way to retain sanity. That’s where SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam comes in. This WordPress plugin will add a Captcha to your comment form, allows trackbacks and pingbacks, and has several Captcha choices.
Spam is a pain – but is very manageable. Between Akismet and SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam, there is no need to deal with WordPress comment spam ever again.
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