How to combat spam on your wordpress blog

The following tutorial will show you how to stop the spam against your website:

All our websites are built on wordpress which is the content management system that manages your website.  There is a feature on your blog that allows users to comment on your blog, which is how alot of spammers use the comment system to post spam on your website to promote their products which can be very annoying and also use alot of resources on your server.

We highly recommend you do the following to your website to stop these comments on your blog:

  1. To either not allow comments
  2. Require people to login to comment
  3. Filter all comments through Akisment (which is included by default in wordpress)
  4. Have the comment notifications turned off

How to manage comments on your wordpress website – (this covers a, b & d sections above)

First login to your website and click on Settings > Discussion Settings

Uncheck the following boxes:
     

  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from article
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles
  • Anyone posts a comment
  • A comment is held for moderation

Check the following boxes

  • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment
  • An administrator must always approve the comment
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment

Here is a screenshot of the exact settings to change:

 

How to filter all comments through Akisment wordpress plugin

WordPress comes installed as default with a plugin called Akisment which is a piece of software that helps manage spam your website gets and is free to use.  To activate and setup the plugin follow the following steps as per this video tutorial:

 

Once you have followed all steps above your website should now be secure from spammers attacking your website and also help lower the resources on the server your website is hosted on. No further action is needed.

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