How to Stop Contact Form Spam on WordPress

Are you getting useless contact form emails in your inbox? Contact form spam is a problem every website owner deals with at some point. Spambots target websites of all sizes, regardless of the amount of traffic you get. 

Sifting through hundreds of messages to separate spam from genuine inquiries is time-consuming and frustrating. Luckily, there are some easy and effective ways to protect your WordPress site from spam and take advantage of the benefits of contact forms. Let’s discuss! 

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Do CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA Protect WordPress Sites from Bots?

If you’ve used the internet anytime in the last decade, chances are you’ve had to pass a CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA test. You may have done so many of these little quizzes that you groan just seeing one on a form.

There are quite a few different versions, but they all can help protect your WordPress website from spambots and make your life simpler.

In this post, we’ll cover the evolution of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA. We’ll also go over the different versions and the pros and cons of each one. Then, we’ll show you how to enable reCAPTCHA on WordPress and explore additional security measures you should implement.

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Introducing New Self-serve Options for Enterprise Plus Plans

We’re all about making it easy to keep spam off your site, from the initial signup process to the protection we provide for years to come. 

Last year, we introduced Enterprise Plus plans, designed for businesses that have over 60K API calls each month. But until now, you had to contact our sales team to register. 

Don’t get us wrong, our sales team is pretty awesome. But time is money and the sooner you’re registered, the sooner you’re protected.

So, we’ve made signing up for an Enterprise Plus plan easier than ever. 

Three new Enterprise Plus plans

The three tiers are based on monthly API calls. We define an API call as any time a request is made to our servers – basically when we check your content for spam. The larger your site and the more visitors, comments, and form submissions you have, the more API calls you’ll use.

And now, customers with less than two million per month can now sign up automatically. 

60K – 350K API calls per month 

This tier costs $250 per month. Simply choose the plan, agree to our terms and conditions, and you can check out right away. 

And there’s a bonus: Sign up for an annual subscription and you’ll get a 16% discount — $500 back in your pocket! 

350K – 2 million API calls per month 

Woah — that’s a lot of spam-fighting power! 

This plan is $1,250 per month. Sign up for a year and save $2,500 with the 16% discount. 

2+ million API calls per month 

If you expect more than two million monthly API calls, you should speak to one of our spam-fighting experts to get a custom plan. Just let us know.

Exceeding API call limits 

Sometimes it’s hard to accurately predict your exact needs. Plus, things outside of your control can temporarily impact the number of API calls you use. 

That’s why, if you exceed your plan’s limit for a couple of months, there’s no reason to worry. We’ll continue to fight spam while we see if your usage normalizes. However, if you exceed the limit for more than three consecutive months, future requests in excess of the monthly limit will be denied until you upgrade your plan. 

Remember: the number of API calls is tracked based on the calendar month, not the date you registered or renewed. You can monitor your API usage by going to the bottom of your account page, clicking the prompt that says, “click here for account-wide spam stats,” and checking the Total API Calls column. 

Learn more about API limits and reducing API calls.

Get started with Enterprise Plus 

Our new self-serve options for less than two million API calls mean one less barrier to great spam-fighting power. 

Less talking, less spam, more time. 

Pretty great, right? 

Get started with an Enterprise Plus plan

Version 4.2.1 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2.1 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available.

This update contains a fix for a bug in version 4.2 that could cause AMP validation errors on some sites, depending on the template they were using.

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 4.2 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • Improved compatibility with the most popular contact form plugins, which should lead to improved accuracy.
  • Added links to additional information on API usage notifications.
  • Reduced the number of network requests required on a comment page when running Akismet.

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 4.1.12 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.12 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • Fixed a bug that was causing “Use of undefined constant” PHP notices.
  • Improved styling of alert notices to better match the current WordPress look and feel.

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 4.1.11 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.11 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • Added support for Akismet API usage notifications on Akismet settings and edit-comments admin pages.
  • Added support for the deleted_comment action when bulk-deleting comments from 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 4.1.10 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.1.10 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • Simplified the code around checking comments in REST API and XML-RPC requests.
  • Added rel=”noopener” to the widget link to avoid warnings in Google Lighthouse.
  • Set the Akismet JavaScript as deferred instead of async to improve responsiveness.
  • Improved the preloading of screenshot popups on the edit comments admin page.

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.