How to set up and configure Akismet on WordPress

If you have a WordPress site, you might be getting a lot of spam. In fact, I’d be very surprised if you’re not getting a lot of spam! You’ve probably been wandering what you can do about it – well read on!

Combating comment spam on your WordPress site can be difficult if you try to tackle it head on and delete posts by hand. Thankfully, Askimet is a great tool which allows you to capture the spam before it gets posted.

Akismet is a free plugin which you can install on your WordPress site. Sometimes Akismet is installed on your site by default, but it might not be activated. If you can’t see it on your manual install, you just need to click ‘add new’ in the plugins menu, search for it and install it.

You’ll need to get the API key to activate the plugin. You can find the API key at the Akismet site. Simply click ‘Activate Akismet’ and it will take you directly to the site. Then click ‘Generate Akismet API Key’. It will ask you to create an account.

There are a few options, including enterprise, business and free for personal use. To get it for free, simply slide the ‘donation’ slider to zero, then click continue.

The key will be generated: a string of numbers and letters.

Copy and paste this into the box in your Akismet settings on WordPress.

Once you have used the API key, you will see the Akismet settings page. You can show the number of approved comments, and choose whether to send comments to a spam folder or trash. Comments in the folder are deleted automatically after 15 days.

That’s all there is to it. Now you have a plugin that can fight spam comments so that you don’t have to do it manually.

Author Owen Radford

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