Spam is the most irritating factor for any web based company or for blog owners, because spam can damage the overall quality of your site to a great extent and sometime it can destroy your site completely.
So, if you have a website already or you are planning to start a new site, you must take spam protection system very seriously. if your site is based on WordPress, you have great solution for you.
In this post we have collected some of the best anti spam WordPress plugins which you can use in your site and protect it against spam to a great extent.
Akismet is considered is one of the best anti spam WordPress plugins and used by huge number of website owners. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Akismet happens to be one of the first WordPress Anti-Spam Plugins which actually started the trend of Anti-Spam plugins. As of now Akismet comes packed with default WordPress plugins which in itself explains the importance of this plugin. Akismet requires a registration key but once you are through the setup then you can literally forget the plugin. It will continue to perform its job without requiring any interference from your end. Although, the occasional plugin updates at your discretion will be required.
Check spam daily.
Check your spam folder daily to find good comments to approve and delete the rest. Depending on how popular your site is, that folder can easily populate anywhere from a few to hundreds of new spam messages a day. Those messages are hogging up precious database space and are much more difficult to clean out after they have gone into the thousands!
Keep your spam, at least for a while.
Under your Plugins > Akismet Configuration, un-check the box for “Auto-delete spam submitted on posts more than a month old.” as this means that you will never get the chance to fish out a good commenter on your older posts which can be very frustrating to a long time reader and commenter who discovered an older post of yours and took the time to respond.
This is another famous WordPress Anti-Spam Plugin which has received plenty of downloads and positive critic ratings. The unique feature of this plugin is the collection of words from old books that it uses for CAPTCHA verification. The functionality used for this plugin was acquired by Google which helped the plugin reach the heights of fame. The plugin has a lot of content for you to read if you have time to do so.
Facebook, Twitter and Google are huge fans of the reCAPTCHA. But what has that got to do with WordPress? WP-reCAPTCHA – the WordPress version of reCAPTCHA – gives you the power wielded against spammers by the likes of Google and Facebook.
WP-reCAPTCHA uses a unique system that utilizes archaic word combination for its CAPTCHA as opposed to a majority of anti-spam plugins that use the same flawed verification system. This is probably why people, read Google, Facebook and Twitter, love it so much. Even smart spambots that use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to decipher CAPTCHAS cannot go past WP-reCAPTCHA since the plugin distorts the wordings to create new images that eliminate all spammers.
There is nothing more frustrating than hard-to-figure-out captchas, yet site owners know they can be vital to helping control automated spam. Growmap Anti-Spam Plugin, or G.A.S.P., is the cure for annoying captchas.
Instead of a word, numbers, or shape that a visitor has to interpret before submitting their comment, all they have to do is check a box saying they are not a spammer. Granted, human spammers can check this box all too easily, but automated bots can’t which will dramatically help decrease your spam.
In conjunction with Akismet as mentioned above, your site will be as spam-free as possible.
Check out the configuration settings for this plugin under Settings > G.A.S.P.. Customize your checkbox label to greet commenters and let them know they have to check that box.
While you may be tempted to un-check the box to prevent all trackbacks, I suggest leaving it checked to allow them. Why? Sometimes they are legit notifications that your post has been linked to somewhere. Other times, they can help you find out if your content is being stolen by scraper sites.
CommentLuv allows commenters to add their latest blog post link to their comments. This is a great way to encourage comments by letting commenters showcase their posts while joining in your community. As a blog owner, it can help comments stuck in your spam folder stand out a little more for the rest of the spam. Even visitors to your blog will enjoy it as they can count on your blog comments as a great resource for other bloggers who are writing on similar topics.
Whenever you install it, be sure to visit the settings page under Settings > CommentLuv. You can customize the functionality of your CommentLuv plugin, including the image or text next to the CommentLuv checkbox and number of posts that a commenter will get to choose from when commenting on your site (from 1 to 10).
Registering users may be a bad idea.
There is an option to force commenters to register to your WordPress site if they want to choose from their latest 10 posts. I would recommend not doing this as commenters generally don’t like to register for anything and it will mean more users in your WordPress system.
The Captcha plugin allows you to implement a super security captcha form into web forms. It protects your website from spam by means of math logic, easily understood by human beings. You will not have to spend your precious time on annoying attempts to understand hard-to-read words, combinations of letters or pictures that make your eyes pop up. All you need is to do one of the three basic maths actions – add, subtract and multiply. This captcha can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments forms. There is also a premium version of the plugin, allowing compatibility with BuddyPress (Registration form, Comments form, “Create a Group” form) and Contact Form 7.
This plugin supports many languages. To switch languages you do the following: Open wp-config.php file in the main directory (root) of your hosting, add your language code to the line define (‘WPLANG’, ”). The below example is German:
See more about Install WordPress in Your Language.
Here are more WordPress commenting plugins. They did not make into our list, but still worth checking out:
- WP Ajax Edit Comments – Allow user to edit their comments after posting, for a limited time.
- Disqus Comment System – The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.
- Facebook Comments – makes it easier for you to setup, administer and customise Facebook comments from your WordPress site.
- Comment Images – Allow your readers easily to attach an image to their comment.
- Top Commentators Widget – Adds a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site.
- Comment Redirect – Redirect commenters who just made their first comment to a page of your choice. Allows you to ask them to subscribe, like you on Facebook, etc.
- Delete Pending Comments – is a quick way to delete all pending comments. It’s useful for victims of spammer attacks.
- Subscribe To Comments Reloaded – allows commenters to sign up for e-mail notifications of subsequent replies.
- One Click Close Comments – Conveniently close or open comments for a post or page with one click.
- Disable Comments – Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Multisite friendly.
- Thank Me Later – Sends a “thank-you” email to commenter automatically.
- WP No External Links – Mask or hide all links embedded in comments.
- Greg’s Comment Length Limiter – Customize the length of characters in comments.
- TentBlogger RSS Reminder – A simple Subscribe via RSS reminder at the end of your comment form.
These are some of my top recommendations for plugins to enhance the WordPress commenting system, but if you don’t want to use plugin, we recommend you to read: Reduce WordPress Comment Spam Without Plugins.
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