Goodbye Askismet & SI Captcha Anti-Spam, Hello WP-Spamshield!

Last Update: December 02, 2015

So a couple weeks back right after I got back to work here at Wealthy Affiliate I came across a post from Kyle about the Akismet Plugin and how they were going from free to paid. I was both excited and sad about this post...

Why Was I Sad?

Well, just as the title of Kyle's post suggested, it was the Dark Side of Greed. It pains me whenever I see obvious mistakes that were made due to a greedy nature. Askismet had protected my site for a long time and now I needed to move on, which meant change.

Obviously we all have some trepidations about change, but I followed his suggestion of WP-Spamshield and took the plunge...

Why Was I Happy?

After I had installed WP-Spamshield and deleted the Askismet plugin I had an idea. I had never liked having the Captchas in order for someone to leave a comment as I know that it can very easily block you from getting the engagements that we all are working towards.

I had tried removing the SI Captcha plugin before to see if Askismet would still be up for the task, but it never worked. I would get a ton of spam comments everyday and before long I reactivated the SI Catpcha plugin.

Now with WP-Spamshield, I decided that I would try the same experiment with removing the Captcha. To my pleasant surprise, not one bit of spam hit my sites. Not even in the spam folder! This made life so much easier!!

Lastly I was able to delete two plugins and replace with only one, which is another solid benefit. Having too many of those can slow our sites down and we don't want that!

Wrap Up

Anywho, a big thanks to Kyle and those that created the WP-Spamshield plugin. Thanks to both, life is easier and who can complain about that?

If you missed Kyles Blog about Askismet you can see it here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/kyle/blog/akismet-plugin-the-dark-side-of-greed

Keep Working It!

James W D

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Colm Premium
Thanks for the reminder ... I seemed to miss it first time round.
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Jaweda2k Premium
You're very welcome. Glad I was able to help!
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Traveller75 Premium
Thanks for the info, I must have missed Kyles warning, have done this now and will check tomorrow as I get a lot of spam, like the delete 2 plugins, works for me.
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Jaweda2k Premium
I know sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all of the info that goes on here. That is why it is important for us all to share.
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KatieMac Premium
Never thought of getting rid of captcha thank you for letting us know
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Jaweda2k Premium
Yeah was never a fan of that one but it did the job for a while. Happy to have moved on past it.
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KatieMac Premium
me to will have a look as I have been using anti spam bee for months now not problems but would like to be rid of captcha
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Jaweda2k Premium
Let me know how it works out for you.
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KatieMac Premium
I will thanks will try it out on my test site the busiest and significant weekend as passed and one mistake crashed my site :( thank goodness for tech support
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Jaweda2k Premium
Egads! Glad they were able to get you all squared up.
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GrahamS Premium
Great idea...I already have WP Spamshield as Kyle suggested but never thought of getting rid of Si Captacha. I will give it a try.
Thanks.
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Jaweda2k Premium
Hope it works for you just like it did for me! Welcome!
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Sensei23 Premium
Thanks so much for the info. Just removed Akismet and installed WP-Spamshield on my personal blog outside WA
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Jaweda2k Premium
Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
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