WordPress web design is hard enough without having to deal with spam in your comments. Fighting them is no easy task, and many people end up giving up and blocking comments entirely. However, comments are an important part of communicating with your audience, so it’s much better to keep them! If you are willing to fight the good fight, read on!
Askimet is one of the best plugins to combat spam. It’s produced by Auttomatic, the same agency which produces WordPress, so you will find it already pre-installed in your WordPress platform. All you need to do is activate it: go to the plug-in section, look up Askimet in the add-ons list, and click on “activate”.
2. Keep nofollow on comments
Beginner bloggers tend to install plugins to remove nofollows on links in the comments. They’re convinced this will encourage users to comment. Actually, all it does is catch bots’ attention and raise the amount of spam. Remember: what matters is not the number of comments, but their quality!
Many bots don’t download images, style papers or other such files from sites they visit. Cookies plugins for comments are based on this. This add-on sends an image to the user’s browser when they go on the comments form. If the browser allows the download, the plug-in will download a cookie on the user’s computer which will identify them as an authorised person and allow them to comment.
4. Honeypot technology
Honeypot technology identifies bots because it inserts some sections in comment forms that are only visible to them. Bots will see these sections and fill them in, so your system can identify them. You can use the WP-Spam fighter plug-in on WordPress. Install it, then go to “settings” and activate it. Spam will start disappearing!
5. Use anti-spam captcha
You can insert a captcha system in your comment form to verify that all messages are sent by real people. This is a section that the user has to fill in with the characters that appear in a variable image. To insert captchas in WordPress, you can use the WP-reCAPTCHA plugin.
If you’re still concerned about spam on WordPress, contact Pixel Design Studio today for further guidance.
Doug Banks is the Creative Director at Pixel Design Studio. You can find him on LinkedIn. He has over 10 years experience in project management and the designing and building of websites.