As you probably noticed from my previous posts I consider changing original WordPress comment box a major crime against blogging community. Some people are gonna say “It is because we are trying to get rid of spam comments”. Believe me, there are better ways to get rid of spam without making your readers angry.
One of the best WordPress plugins for fighting spam is Growmap Anti Spambot plugin (G.A.S.P.). It offers very good protection without being annoying to the users. No need to enter texts or to do math calculation. I am actually amazed by the fact that this plugin stopped 99% of the spam on my sites. The remaining 1% are comments entered MANUALLY by spammers (or spammy link builders). I don’t think even best CAPTCHA would stop this kind of spam.
How does it work?
How to configure Growmap Anti Spambot?
You don’t have to change any settings after installing the plugin – G.A.S.P. is ready to use out of the box. There are few settings you can tweak to get most out of it.
Changing Checkbox title and Checkbox name can help stop spam bots if they “learned” the way to submit comments around G.A.S.P. If you have problems with trackbacks, you can turn them off here too.
If you feel basic protection offered by Growmap Anti Spambot plugin is not enough, you can turn on some additional heuristic scanning options – define maximum number of links allowed per comment and maximum words per name.
That’s all Growmap Anti Spambot plugin has to offer – but in my opinion that’s enough. As I mentioned before plugin effectively stopped spambots in their tracks. I highly recommend G.A.S.P. to everyone who has a problem with unwanted attention of spammers.