The spammers have arrived - how to handle comments?

wordpress

#1

Less than an hour after I send out an email announcing the opening of my new sites, I get 46 comments from spambots on one of my two WordPress sites.

I have it set that someone cannot leave a comment without filling out an email address etc.

I thought Dreamhosts WordPress bundle of WordPress add ons came with some sort of feature that was supposed to reduce spam.

Is it something I need to turn on somewhere?

While I am at it. Is is possible to turn comments off from some pages and or posts, while allow them for others?

my sites are onemanz.com/guitar and onemanz.com/malt


#2

make sure you have to approve comments. many of use use akismet which filters out spammers.


#3

Honestly, it’s impossible to run WordPress with comments on without activating Akismet. You need to get a copy of it yourself, decide what you want to pay for it ($0 dollars works) and activate it (it’s a plug-in) at your site. You can also use some of the features in the Discussion section of your Dashboard to eliminate/control some kinds of spam.

You can activate and de-activate comments per post/page in your dashboard. Call up the post list, choose quick edit and turn on/off comments.


#4

I will look into that thanks.

I DO have comments set for approval, but then I get 100 spam comments I have to delete.

Also, now my site has crashed, less than 24 hours after I sent out email officially launching, and with industry people from all over invited to come see it.

It crashed around 3:20. I opened a support ticket. This also happened Monday, immediately after I upgraded to VPS, but I was told it was an unrelated DNS issue.

I see one of my subsites got hit with another comments spam bomb around 2:30. I do not know if it is related, but suddenly I lost all access to my sites and my dashboard.

I will look at this askimet. Thanks.

I would still like to find out, is it possible to limit what pages have comments? Or is is an all on or all off?


#5

You can allow or disallow comments individually as you create a post or page.


#6

thanks. my sites are not yet verified and known, so only a few spam comments so far. I am sure I will add this stuff as time goes by.

Nice list.


#7

Add it now, and it’ll be less painful later.


#8

Thanks, I now have Askimet.