Have you heard people complain that Windows computers get more viruses and Apple computers?
There are many reasons for that but one of the ones most commonly stated is that there are just so many more Windows computers out there. They make a much more inviting target. The same is true with WordPress sites. They make up around 2% of all websites and so are a very attractive target. It’s common for WordPress beginners to end up with 100s of spam comments on their posts.
The solution? Akismet.com. They provide a great spam-blocking service. You’ll need it … around 83% of all comments are spam.
Configuring Akismet in WordPress
There’s no installation needed with Akismet as it comes by default with WordPress. It is owned and operated by the same company that runs WordPress.
- Step 1: You’ll need a WordPress.com account: http://en.wordpress.com/signup
- Step 2: Enter your information. You can just select “Just a username, please.” on the last line:
- Step 3: Once you’re registered, WordPress.com will create an “API Key” for you. You can find this either in your email or by clicking on “Profile” on WordPress.com:
- Step 4: Now that you have your key, login to the admin area of your WordPress site.
- Step 5: Go to Plugins and click “Activate” next to Akismet.
- Step 6: You’ll see a message in yellow text, telling you to enter the API Key:
- Step 7: Enter your API key and click “Update Options”: