WordPress Discussion Settings to Avoid Spam on your Blog.
WordPress has a whole lot of inbuilt features to stop spams. Because of the technical terms used sometimes, we get confused and just keep the default settings as it is.
This post is to configure your WordPress Discussion Settings to prevent WordPress spam comments by most recommended settings.
Login to your WordPress dashboard, Click on Settings –> Discussion. Discussion settings page will open up.
Article and Comment Settings:
Uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles”. As 99% of pingbacks from other sites are spam.
As a blogger, I would like to receive comments from anyone who’s reading the blog. If your site is only for a group of registered users you can check “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” else leave it to uncheck like shown below.
To have a complete control over the comments. Checkmark below options so you will receive emails as soon as someone posts a comment. And only when you approve it, it will display in your comment section.
Moderation and Blacklist settings:
Most of the times people add comments with too many links to divert traffic to their sites. So even if the comment author has a previously approved comment and the comment has more than 1 or more link it won’t go live till you approve it.
Also, few unsaid words are there which spam mostly contains, if such words are present in any comment it will wait for your moderation.
With this WordPress Discussion Settings, you won’t have any nuisance posted without your consent. If you want to reduce the work of manually disapproving spam comments you can install Anti-spam plugins. Which checks your comments against a global database of spam and automatically puts it to trash.