On many of the sites I am responsible for, increasing volumes of spam comments are becoming a bit of a chore to deal with. Akismet is all well and good, but they have a paid service for commercial websites, and in my experience many comments thatare clearly rubbish still get through. So I had to bite the bullet and introduce a new ‘spam gate’ on the higher traffic sites using WordPress. This isn’t a detailed review, but below are listed 5 anti-spam plugins that were tried, tested and rejected. They were rejected for being either incompatible with some themes, too convoluted to install (SweetCaptcha… great concept, but over complicated), or plain didn’t catch spam effectively enough for me. The one I ended up selecting is at the bottom… still early days, but so far so good!
- Antispam Bee Visit plugin site
- Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress Visit plugin site
- Enmask Captcha – no longer supported
- Spam Free WordPress Visit plugin site
- SweetCaptcha Visit plugin site