Have you ever encounter spam in your comments? I was. Before I use these plugins (read below), about 500+ spams in my comments and I need to delete all of them each time I logging into my account. The problem getting worst when there were about 1000+ spams I need to delete.
But you know, to delete these spams is not easy as the word is because you need to manage them in your admin panel. You have to tick which comments that are spams (you don’t want to delete your visitor comments right? 🙂 )and click delete. If there are 5 or 8 spams, it is fine. But how about if there are 500 or 1000+ comments (including spams) that you need to check before you click the delete button? It will really takes time. I don’t have time for that. So I downloaded and use these useful anti-spam plugins which I recommended for you to use it on your wordpress.
I use 2 wordpress plugins that can block and delete these unwanted spams automatically. I know, one plugin is enough but I love to have more protection and want to try their performance. :p All you have to do is just download, upload the plugin and activate it. But one of these plugins need an API key.
Spam Karma 2
This is my first anti-spam plugin that I use. This plugin works great. After I use this plugin, there are no more spams in my comments. So I don’t need to moderate comments each time I login. Spam Karma 2 (SK2) created by Dr Dave. There is not many steps to install this plugin. Just upload it in wp-content/plugins folder, then activate it in your admin panel. Each time when SK2 caught spams, it will send a notification email to your email account. So you’ll know that spam is attacking your site.
Automatic Kismet (Akismet) is another great anti-spam plugin that I recommended. But before you can use this plugin, you need to have WordPress API key where you can get it for free here. Sign-up and choose “Just an username” (if you already have wordpress site runs up). After register, you’ll get an API key that you can use for the plugin. Upload, activate and enter the API key. Then you’re done. Simple!
After the plugin activated, you can manage the spams in Options. Click on Akismet Spam tab and click Delete All. All spams will be deleted. Anyway, this plugin can do this automatically. After 15 days, Akismet will delete the spams from your database. Easy eh? :d
I don’t use this plugin but other anti-spam plugin you might consider to use is Bad Behaviour. This plugin will prevents spams bot from accessing your site by analyzing their HTTP header. Bad Behavior is not for WordPress only but it also can be integrated with other PHP based software too. Click here to download Bad Behavior.