This article will focus on how to add Akismet to your WordPress website. Akismet is the great spam filter for WordPress that helps us filter through our comments easier.
Unfortunately, with owning an email (or several) address you will inevitably get spammed. Owning your own website and powering it with WordPress will open up your inbox to a wealth of spammers and spam bots alike.
Fortunately the great folks over at Automatic have graciously created a spam filter for us that ships natively with your WordPress installation.
When you first get a WordPress website you’ll notice some pre-formatted settings including a page, post, plugins and widgets. Akismet can be found under the Plugins tab in the Dashboard navigation.
Go ahead and click on Plugins in the Dashboard navigation. We’re going to activate and register for Akismet and then set it up on your WordPress website.
Click Activate underneath the Akismet plugin name.
When you click Activate you’ll be greeted with a message in a yellow box asking you to enter in your API key. Click the link and we’ll move on to the Akismet Configuration page. Here you’ll want to click Get Your Key. This will take us over to the Akismet site. Open this link in a new browser window because we’ll be returning to the configuration page soon.
At the Akismet website you’ll see a big blue button that says Get an Akismet API Key. Click it.
On the next screen click your desired plan. For the purposes of this article we’ll be selecting Personal. On the next screen you’ll want to enter in your name and email address. Select a price that suits your needs. For personal websites you can slide the amount down to zero and sign-up for a free plan. Click Continue and Akismet will send you an email with your API key and a greeting message.
Jump back to the Akismet Configuration page in your WordPress Dashboard. Enter in the API Key you just received in your inbox and click Update Options. Feel free to check any checkboxes you think are relevant and apply to your website. We personally like the Auto-Delete option and have that checked.
That’s it! Enjoy Aksimet and your Spam filtered website.
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