In this tutorial, we will know what is the Akismet plugin and why you should use it.
When you start your new WordPress site, Akismet WordPress plugin is already installed on your site. But it does not remain activate by default. You have to do some additional setting and need an Akismet API key to activate it. Here we also cover how to set up Akismet on your WordPress website.
What is Akismet plugin
Akismet is a spam protection plugin created by Automattic. Akismet prevents spam on comments, pingbacks registration & contact form and gets rid of headache. This is the best antispam plugin for WordPress.
Why should use Akismet plugin
If your blog or website has become popular, then spam comments on your blog will be greatly increased and it will take a lot of time to delete one by one. In this case, the Akismet WordPress plugin catches these spam comments and auto delete, which saves a lot of time for you.
However, sometimes legal comments are also marked as spam comments by Akismet plugin. This is because when a WordPress blogger marks your comment as spam comments by the Akismet service, then Akismet will mark all your comments as spam comments.
How To Set Up Akismet Plugin In WordPress Site
First, install and activate the Akismet plugin on your site. See 3 Different Ways to Install WordPress Plugins.
After activation, Akismet Plugins will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard. Click on Plugins >> Akismet (Jetpack >> Akismet Anti-Spam) for Akismet Configuration. It will redirect to the Akismet settings page. Here you will be asked to enter an Akismet API Key.
Here you will be able to see Akismet plans. Akismet API key is free for personal sites. Choose a plan according to your requirement.
Click on the Sign Up for Akismet API key. This will take you to the next screen. Here you will be asked to sign up with WordPress.com. Click on continue to Sign up with WordPress.com.
If you have already a WordPress.com account, you can log in. And if you have not, fill out your details and create one.
After login to WordPress.com, You will be redirected to the Akismet website again. Here you have to provide details for the payment. If you have chosen a free plan, just slide the price amount to $ 0.
Click on the “Create Subscription” button. Now it will bring a pop-up, in which you will see “Thanks! Your Akismet Basic subscription has been created“.
After clicking Got it you will be able to see your free API key.
Now copy your Akismet API key and log in to your WordPress dashboard. Then click to Plugins >> Akismet Configuration and paste your Akismet key. After this, hit on Save Changes Button.
Now the Akismet plugin will start protecting your website from spam.
Which plugin you use for spam protection on your website or blog, tell through the comments!
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