Akismet is a well-known WordPress plugin, written by WordPress peeps themselves, to keep websites free from comment spam. It is a free WordPress Anti-Spam plugin install for websites that are personal or charities, but there is a monthly fee to pay for all business websites.
We recommend the WordPress Anti-Spam plugin by Webvitaly
We’ve been using the Anti-Spam plugin by Webvitaly for a while. We put it into a client site this week and saw an immediate drop from 5-10 spam comments per day down to zero.
The plugin is easy to install – just go to your plugins page, choose ‘Add New’ and search for ‘anti-spam webvitaly’. Install and activate the plugin and you’re up and running. Nothing else to do – except perhaps to deactivate and remove Akismet.
What plugin to choose if you’re happy to pay for WordPress spam prevention
We started this post off by suggesting a free alternative to the Akismet plugin. Akismet costs £8 per month. If you’re happy paying something towards spam prevention on your website, there are other alternatives available.
We really like Cleantalk.
At £8 per year, Cleantalk will automatically protect all of your website forms, including search forms, comments, registration, feedback, contacts, and WooCommerce orders, from spammers. It’s easy to install and configure.
What do you use to control your WordPress spam?
Here are some other recommendations for WordPress anti-spam solutions. Leave us a comment if you have had a good/bad experience with the Webvitaly WordPress Anti-Spam plugin, or if you have any recommendations for an anti-spam plugin.