Even though the internet with its countless tools has made communicating and growing businesses online so much easier on a daily basis, there are some unwanted components that at times show unpleasant circumstances and cause unnecessary problems. Those who communicate through the use of email and at the same time maintain a website or blogs are now also aware of the term spam and are doing their very best to prevent it.
Spamming, simplest of terms, involves intrusion or trying to obscure itself where not wanted or welcomed. Comment spam is in effect the biggest culprit with a website or blog built upon WordPress. Let’s take a look at some straightforward and easy solutions to try and largely reduce or eliminate the comment spam altogether.
There are various methods in which you can prevent or filter spam from the genuine article content from reaching your WordPress site or blog and preserve its authenticity. One of the first things one can do is to adjust your settings to first require moderation of the comment being submitted to your WordPress website. This can be achieved by logging into the Worpress dashboard and navigating to the menu; under settings > then; discussion > then; place a check mark in the area labeled “a comment is held for moderation”. One of the simplest ways to assist in preventing spam from saturating your blog would be to install one of the numerous anti-spam plugins available from the WordPress plugin repository. From the various selection most are available for free and function just fine. However, it is all-important to select the one that serves its purpose.
Now that your WordPress website or blog creation is complete and ready for the web, how do you keep it from becoming vulnerable to spam? The basic thing you need to do as a WordPress site administrator is to confine comments only to those comments that are strictly moderated as mentioned above. It is imperative to adjust your moderation settings for allowing comments. Automated bots are used by spammers to post numerous comments on old posts and become a bothersome nuisance to clean up. You can use an option within the dashboard to limit comments to a given number of days a reader can comment on any given article. Hence, any article which is older than the allowed number of days in the options settings will not allow comments to be added. For example if you set this option to a given number of days to 10, 14, 21, etc. it will turn off the comments on those posts that are older than the number of days given, which in turn means no more spam comments posted by spam bots.
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