When it comes to anti-spam issues in WordPress, people often think of Akismet. Indeed, Akismet’s current shadow in the anti-spam field is too great. It makes it difficult for people to get out of the thought of “if you want to fight spam, you have to use Akismet”. However, in reality, there are still many good plugins you can choose from. Antispam Bee is a prime example. If you don’t want to waste time getting the Akismet API Key, Antispam Bee is exactly what you are looking for.
Why choose Antispam Bee Plugin
Antispam Bee is one of Akismet’s biggest competitors in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory, with nearly 1 million downloads and more than 600,000 active sites so far. In my opinion, it’s the most powerful among the free anti-spam plugins, thanks to the use of a variety of techniques to identify spam comments. Such as:
- Mark BBCode as spam.
- Use local and external spam databases.
- Block comments written in other languages.
- Ignore trackback and pingback.
- Block visitors from specific countries.
- Shuffle the order of some items in the comment box to deceive spam software.
- And many other useful features.
The plugin creator, Sergej Müller, is German – where there are very strict privacy laws. That is why this plugin does not host anything on external servers and is advised to disable the external spam databases option.
Anti Spam Comments with Antispam Bee Plugin
First, you need to install and activate the Antispam Bee plugin.
Access Settings => Antispam Bee, you will see the following interface:
- Trust approved commenters: does not check comments from users who have been approved before.
- Trust commenters with a Gravatar: do not mark spam for comments using Gravatar. You should not choose this item because many spammer “willing to play” have “invested” Gravatar.
- Consider the comment time: consider the comment time. Not recommended if you are using a cache plugin.
- BBCode is spam: review comment content for BBCode links.
- Validate the ip address of commenters: verify the IP address of commenters.
- Use regular expressions: defines the use of regular expressions or custom and pre-made templates with a plugin as spam.
- Look in the local spam database: check against the website’s spam database.
- Block or allow comments from specific countries: block or allow comments from specific countries.
- Allow comments only in certain language: comments are only allowed in certain languages.
- Mark as spam, do not delete: only mark comments as spam, do not delete.
- Spam-Notification by email: send an email when detecting spam comments.
- Do not save the spam reason: The reason is not saved because a comment was marked as spam.
- Delete existing spam after […] days: delete comments spam after a certain number of days.
- Limit approval to […]: Apply approval to comment or ping only. Other types of spam will be removed immediately.
- Delete comments by spam reasons: delete comments based on spam reasons.
- Generate statistics as a dashboard widget: create a statistics widget on your dashboard (WordPress Dashboard).
- Spam counter on the dashboard: create a spam counter on the dashboard.
- Do not check trackbacks/pingbacks: Do not check for spam for pingbacks and trackbacks.
- Comment form used outside of posts: check for spam comments also used outside of posts.
Click the Save Changes button to save the settings.
Which plugin are you using to prevent comment spam on your website? How do you rate the Antispam Bee plugin? Let us know in the comment box below.