Tag Archives: Akismet

Integrated Akismet with my About page

With my recent re-design I added the new about page, where my users can ask me questions. Instead of getting questions from users I started to get spam from spam bots and I had to manually clear them every night. Last week I was so frustrated that I thought of even taking it down.

But then I realized that I had faced the same problem some time back and immediately Akismet came to my mind. I quickly went to the website to looked at the API and thought of integrating it with my about page script.

I was about to build a wrapper for the APIs, but something with in me made me to use Google and within few moments I found that it was already done by Andrew and Paul. I downloaded the code integrated it with my script and within a few minutes my about page became immune to spam. Wow! Now I could go to bed 10 minutes earlier everyday thanks to Akismet.

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Kill that comment spam

Off late my blog has been receiving lot of comment spam. Though most of them are caught by WordPress itself I still needed to manually delete them. I planned to install Captcha to overcome it but then dropped the plan since it might cause accessibility problems and even W3C doesn’t recommend it (and me being a guy who believes that a webpage should be accessible for all :)).

Luckily Akismet came to my rescue. Akismet is the brainchild of Matt Mullenweg, the maker of WordPress. It’s a wonderful spam killer and integrates well with WordPress and other bloging platforms too. Every comment left in the blog is sent to a web service filter which filters out the spam comments and the success rate is nearly 100%.

All you need to use it in your blog is just to enable it and enter the API key which you can get by registering with WordPress.com. And once you enable it you never have to worry about spam again.

It comes as a plugin with the default installation of WordPress, but I don’t know how I missed it all these days. You can also download it from Akismet.

So, one more reason for me to love WordPress.

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