Preventing SPAM

For a more comprehensive set of instructions on combating SPAM in wordpress please see the official WordPress website that discusses problems and solutions:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Combating_Comment_Spam

 

Recommended Settings – Disabling Comments

If you want zero spam you have to disable comments on all pages and posts. Comments are enabled in two places. They can be disabled globally in the Settings >> Discussion. This will not change your existing posts & pages. You’ll also need to go to each existing page and post and disable comments manually. The steps for doing this are listed below:

  1. Log in to your dashboard
    1. Faculty: http://faculty.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
    2. Staff: http://staff.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
    3. Students:  http://clubs.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
  2. Disable comments globally
    1. Click Settings >> Discussion
    2. Make sure the following settings are set
      1. Uncheck: “Allow people to post comments on new articles”
      2. Check:
    3. The following is not recommended unless you absolutely don’t want any emails coming to you.
      1. E-mail me whenever:
        1. Uncheck: Anyone posts a comment
        2. Uncheck:  A comment is held for moderation
    4. Last remember to click Save Change when your finished.
  3. Disable comments on all Posts
    1. Click Post  from the Dashboard menu
    2. Check the check mark next to Title which will select all the Posts listed on this page.
    3. Select from Bulk Actions drop down list and choose Edit
    4. Click Apply
      1. Using the drop down list for Comments and choose “Do not allow”
      2. Click Update
    5. If you have multiple pages of Posts, Click the next page repeat steps 2 through 4 for each page of posts.
  4. Disable comments on all Pages
    1. Click Pages from the Dashboard menu
    2. Check the check mark next to Title which will select all the Pages listed on this page.
    3. Select from Bulk Actions drop down list and choose Edit
    4. Click Apply
      1. Using the drop down list for Comments and choose “Do not allow”
      2. Click Update
    5. If you have multiple pages of Posts, Click the next page and repeat steps 2 through 4 for each page of posts.

Running Spam Checker

It’s highly recommended you enabled a automated spam checker like Akismet. Akismet is a plugin which is already installed for you on your WordPress website. You just need to enable it and register for a free key.

  1. Log in to your dashboard
    1. Faculty: http://faculty.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
    2. Staff: http://staff.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
    3. Students:  http://clubs.eng.fau.edu/wp-login.php
  2. Click Plugins from the WordPress Dashboard menu
  3. Click the Activate link under Akismet
  4. A message should appear at the top that says: “Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work.”
  5. Click the link, “enter your Akismet API key”
  6. Go to http://akismet.com/wordpress/ and register for your free key.
  7. Once registered enter the key provided to you in your WordPress Akismet Settings page.