Version 4.1.4 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.4 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • The plugin will now only redirect to the Akismet setup screen upon plugin activation if the plugin was activated manually from within the plugin-related screens, to help users with non-standard install workflows (like WP-CLI).
  • We’ve updated the layout of the initial setup screen to be more readable on small screens.
  • We’ve reduced the amount of code that runs when no API key has been entered yet.
  • We’ve improved the readability of the comment history entries.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.1.3 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • We’ve improved the activation and setup process.
  • We’ve fixed a bug that could have allowed an attacker to make you recheck your Pending comments for spam.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.1.2 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.2 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • We’ve reduced the number of API requests made by the plugin when attempting to verify the API key.
  • We’re now including additional data in the pingback pre-check API request to help make stats more accurate.
  • We fixed a bug that was enabling the “Check for Spam” button when no comments were eligible to be checked.
  • We’ve improved Akismet’s AMP compatibility.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.1.1 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.1 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • We updated the “Setup Akismet” notice so that it resizes to fit all screen sizes.
  • We improved the Akismet settings page so the “Save Changes” button is only highlighted when a change has been made.
  • We fixed a bug that could have been causing the count of spam comments displayed on the dashboard to be up to an hour old rather than the current count.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.1 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin Is Now Available

Version 4.1 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available and contains the following changes:

  • We added a WP-CLI method for retrieving Akismet stats: wp akismet stats
  • Akismet now hooks into the new “Personal Data Eraser” functionality from WordPress 4.9.6 to ensure that any personal data stored by Akismet is erased when requested.
  • We’ve updated the plugin to more quickly clear outdated alert messages.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.0.8 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin Is Now Available

Version 4.0.8 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

4.0.8 contains the following changes:

  • Improved the grammar and consistency of the in-admin privacy related notes (notice and config).
  • Revised in-admin explanation of the comment form privacy notice to make its usage clearer.
  • Added rel=”nofollow noopener” to the comment form privacy notice to improve SEO and security.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

Customisation options for the Akismet front-end privacy notice

To help your site be transparent to your visitors about using Akismet to process comments (think privacy and GDPR), our WordPress plugin now gives you the option to display a notice under your site’s comment forms. Site owners can decide if they want to display it, or not, on a per-blog basis.

But we’ve also given options to developers to extend the behaviour, and content, of said notice.

WordPress option

The display of the notice itself, as well as the in-admin notice to set it for one’s site, all revolves around a new akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option, which needs to be set to either display or hide.

If the option is not yet set, the front-end notice will not be displayed, but the in-admin prompting site owners to set it will.

Once set to either display or hide, the front-end notice will match the choice, and the in-admin notice will disappear.

Filters

In class.akismet.php, there is a new Akismet::display_comment_form_privacy_notice() method, in which you can find the following filters to extend.

  • akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice:
    Overrides the returned value of the akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option. This value can be display, or hide, and controls the display of the front-end privacy notice under comment forms.
  • akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice_markup:
    Lets you customise the text and markup of the actual notice, which defaults to '<p class="akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice">' . sprintf( __( 'This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. <a href="%s" target="_blank">Learn how your comment data is processed</a>.', 'akismet' ), 'https://akismet.com/privacy/' ) . '</p>'. Note that if you choose to modify the markup, something needs to eventually point your users to https://akismet.com/privacy/, which will always display, or redirect to, our most up-to-date privacy related documentation.

CSS

As seen above, the default front-end privacy notice is wrapped in a <p class="akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice"></p> tag, which you can extend via stylesheets and Javascript.

WP Multisite or multiple WP installs

If you have a lot of sites/blogs, you might also now be wanting to set the privacy display in bulk.

There are a few ways of doing that.

You can create a quick plugin that checks if the akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice option is set, and if it is not, set it for the current blog: update_option( 'akismet_comment_form_privacy_notice', $state ); where $state is either display or hide.

Or you could write a script that loops on your blog list, and set the same option, in one run.

Version 4.0.7 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin Is Now Available

Version 4.0.7 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

4.0.7 contains the following changes:

  • Based on user feedback, the link on “Learn how your comment data is processed.” in the optional privacy notice now has a target of _blank and opens in a new tab/window.
  • Updated the in-admin privacy notice to use the term “comment” instead of “contact” in “Akismet can display a notice to your users under your comment forms.”
  • Only show in-admin privacy notice if Akismet has an API Key configured

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.