What does Akismet do, exactly? It filters out spam comments on your blog so you don’t have to do it yourself.
This plugin scans all the comments you receive and then tries to match them against its growing list of known spam comments. If a comment can be matched and is similar to known spam, the comment is automatically filtered into the spam queue.
It doesn’t always catch all spam comments, but it does catch most of them. Instead of trying to look through your comments queue for tens or even hundreds of spam comments, you can just filter out the odd one.
It’s a powerful plugin that is consistently updated with the newest spam tactics to ensure your site remains as safe as possible. It’s trusted and used by over one million users, including WPMU DEV.
Flexible plans are also available so if you’re strapped for cash because you’ve just started a business or you want to test the waters before jumping into the deep-end, you can choose to donate an amount of your choice or one of the affordable plans.
You can even use it for free if you need to for a while, but it’s good to consider donating when you hit it to the big leagues since your support helps keep the plugin alive and kicking spam’s, er, behind.
Why did Akismet make it on the list over others? Here’s the thing – there are a lot of great free options out there including
, but in the world of WordPress, not all plugins are made equal.
Anyone can submit a plugin to the WordPress Plugin Directory. While it does need to be approved before it’s posted, it’s not a rigorous screening test. Generally speaking, if the plugin technically works and doesn’t do anything spam-like, it’s accepted.
Since WordPress is largely run by (amazing) volunteers, it’s incredibly difficult to do a full evaluation of each plugin. Plus, it can be a great way to give others the opportunity to build upon plugins and make them better which is the nature of open-source technology and WordPress.
Still, since it’s also volunteers posting the plugins, there’s no guarantee that the plugin is solid, light weight, regularly updated or has support available if something goes wrong.
Can you blame them? They’re only trying to help you for free.
Simply put, premium plugins from a trusted source are usually a safer bet since they have the means to update, offer support and publish quality plugins.
Akismet is made from the same folks who made WordPress so you know you are backed by a trusted source.