When you begin with WordPress every installation comes with two plugins pre-installed. First one is Hello dolly second is Akismet, which is definitely in our list of must-have WordPress plugins. Akismet comes pre-installed, it’s not activated by default in your plugins section. For activating this you will have to take some extra steps to activate this plugin. This article will exactly tell you about, what is Akismet and why you should we use it. Moreover, you will also get to know how to set up Akismet on your WordPress website.
Akismet is about spam filtering service. The name Akismet comes from Automattic and Kismet. Automatic is the company behind Akismet, and it was founded by the WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. well, this plugin catches blog comment and pingback spam automatically. The Akismet algorithm learns from its mistakes and from the actions taken by participating websites commenting on your Blog. For instance, if one website or more than one website reporting similar-looking content as spam, then The Akismet will identify what kind of content as SPAM in the future. Akismet has caught Billion of spamming comments so far in today’s date.
Why should use Akismet plugin?
Usually, on popular websites, the number of spam comments could get as high as 80-90%. This means out of every 90 comments only 20 are legitimate. Comment moderation is a time-consuming task. This plugin can save your hours. Akismet catches spam comments before landing in your moderation queue as pending. This thing will allow you to focus your energy on moderating comments by real users.
People criticize Akismet.
Among all anti-spamming plugins, Akismet is the best but it’s not perfect because in the past users have criticized it for giving false positives. When a legit comment of users getting marked as spam on different websites it’s called false positive. This happens for several reasons. The biggest and the most common reason is if a user’s comment is marked as spam by a number of blogs or websites, then Akismet would learn to mark all comments by that user as spam. Like any other platform besides Akismet,
What to do and how to Know if your Comment was Detected as Spam?
If you comment on any website and you don’t see this message that your comment in moderation and waiting for approval, then contact to the website owner to get your comment out from a spamming filter. After doing this Akismet will be realized its a mistake.
Remember: if Akismet put your comment in spam then you will not see awaiting moderation message.
Step1– Go to Plugins and activate Akismet
After activation of the plugin, Akismet adds a new menu item at Plugins > Akismet Configuration.
Akismet will ask you to configure your plugin and for this, you will be asked to put API key, from where you will get this API? that’s simple go-to Akismet website and click on Get a WordPress Key Button.
When you click to get API this will take you to the plans and pricing page. Akismet is providing both options free for personal sites and paid plans for business users.
if you are not interested in any plan simply skip these and move on to the next screen there you will see a signup form like this.Click on Sign up with WordPress.com button to continue. This will open a pop-up window with a simple sign up form
If you have a WordPress.com account, then you can click on the link that I already have a WordPress.com account. If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, then fill out the form.Once the authentication complete with WordPress.com, you will be taken back to the Akismet website.
There you will be asked to provide some user details along with the payment information. If you choose the free plan, then simply drag and choose the price amount to $0 to avoid the price.
Click the continue that shows your API key.
Now click and copy this API key and paste in your WordPress Akismet plugin configuration where it’s needed you are all done.
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