What is Akismet

Description Description

In this lesson you will learn how to control spam on your WordPress site by utilizing the Akismet plugin by Automattic.

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Objectives Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Install Akismet to your WordPress site.
  • Monitor and control spam on your site.

Prerequisite Skills

You will be better equipped to work through this lesson if you have experience in and familiarity with:

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Assets Assets

  • WordPress Install
  • WordPress.com account

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Hands-on Walkthrough Hands-on Walkthrough

Introduction: Introduction:

Before we talk about Akismet, let’s take a step back and talk about spam. If you have an email address, I’m sure you have received email spam. Spam, otherwise known as an unsolicited commercial message, or something you never asked for, trying to sell you something you don’t need, happens in WordPress too.

Comment Spam happens when a spammer posts comments to your website. These spam posts can make your website look less credible, include information that you don’t want your readers to see and sometimes even cause problems with your website’s SEO.

In order to help fight this spam, Automattic offers a plugin/service called Akismet.

Akismet describes itself as “an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time”.

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Installing Akismet: Installing Akismet:

Akismet is installed by default with WordPress, but if you do not see it in your plugin list, follow these steps to install it:

  1. Click on Plugins.
  2. Click on Add New.
  3. Type “Akismet” in the Search Plugins box.
  4. Click on the Install Now button.

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Activating Akismet and obtaining an API key: Activating Akismet and obtaining an API key:

  1. Click on “Plugins” to view your list of installed plugins.
  2. If Akismet is not active, click on the “Activate” link.
  3. A banner will appear at the top of your plugins page. Click the “Activate Your Account” button.
  4. Click on the “Get your API Key” button. This will direct you to the Akismet website.
  5. Click on the “Get an Akismet API Key” button.
  6. Click the “I already have a WordPress.com account” and then select the Approve Button to give Akismet permission to log in to your WordPress.com account.
    If you do not have a WordPress.com account, enter an email, username and password to establish your WordPress.com account.
  7. Once you log in, you will need to select which level of service you’d like to use and enter your payment information. Akismet offers a “name your price” offer for personal blogs along with several paid options that provide additional features for an additional price.
  8. After your payment is processed, you will receive your API key on the screen and a copy will be emailed to you.
  9. Click the “Automatically Save your Akismet API Key” button to send this information to your WordPress site.

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Akismet Settings: Akismet Settings:

  1. Once you install and activate your plugin, review the settings panel.
  2. Go to Settings/Akismet;
  3. Select if you’d like to show the number of approved comments beside each author.
  4. Select your strictness level.
  5. Save the changes.

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Exercises Exercises

Install Akismet on your site:

  • Follow the steps above to activate and install Akismet.

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Quiz Quiz

What kind of account do you need in order to activate Akismet?

  1. WordPress.org
  2. WordPress.com

Answer: 2. WordPress.com

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Additional Resources Additional Resources

  1. Akismet official blog
  2. Akismet support page