WordPress Plugin Review: Akismet (Anti-Spam)
Akismet is the de facto standard in spam prevention. It’s easy to set up, included with WordPress by default and is all that’s needed for many blogs.
Check out this step-by-step tutorial for what Akismet for WordPress is, how to set it up, how to get your Akismet (WordPress.com) API key, and a little coverage of managing your spam folder.
Recently however, problems have arisen with Akismet’s algorithm and sometimes comments simply vanish. The bigger problem though for making this list is that Akismet keys are no longer free for business use. $60/yr is too steep for most micro-businesses to afford right out of the gate.
Rating: 3 Stars
There’s also the fact that with high traffic it may not be enough protection (but no single plugin meets that qualification).
I have tracked down two viable, reliable alternatives to Akismet that currently remain free.
Be sure to keep an eye on the spam box though, with all of these solutions, because like all spam prevention solutions, this occasionally marks a good post as spam.
Love Akismet? Hate Akismet? Couldn’t live without Askimet? Let me know what you think! How are you fighting the war on spam? Are you managing to keep your friendly commentors rescued from the spam folder on a regular basis? Are you winning?
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