Unlocking the Power of Akismet for Safe & Secure WordPress Websites
As online spaces become more and more populated, spam and unwanted comments continue to be a problem for WordPress websites. Fortunately, Akismet is a highly effective anti-spam plugin for WordPress that comes pre-installed with every installation. Yet, with so many website owners still struggling to keep spam at bay, it’s essential to explore how to unlock Akismet’s capabilities.
What is Akismet?
Akismet is a free and high powered plugin designed to keep spam comments, malware and other unwanted content at bay. It scans every incoming comment and classifies each one accordingly. Should the comment be considered spam, it will be sent for manual review and identified as such, with a 99% accuracy rate.
Getting Started with Akismet
Thankfully, activating Akismet is simple, and is done at the touch of a button. Once installed, a free account can be created on Akismet’s website. However, for commercial sites, a monthly subscription fee is necessary for use, which comes with the added bonus of removing all ads.
Once you’ve linked your Akismet API key to your WordPress site, you can adjust the way Akismet interacts with your site, such as what happens to spam comments, moderation settings or keyword customisations to bolster spam filtering, amongst other options.
Akismet’s customisable settings add another level of spam filtering and security, such as scanning for malware, spammy links and ads. If any unwanted activity is identified, Akismet will alert you via email so you can take immediate action.
Akismet is essential for any WordPress site looking to keep spam at bay. Proper implementation of the plugin means site owners can spend less time deleting unwanted spam comments and more time creating engaging content.