Version 5.0 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 5.0 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. This update contains one main improvement: a new feature that helps stop spambots by observing how they interact with the page, not just what content they submit.

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.

Spambots: They’re (Not) Just Like Us. Introducing Akismet’s Newest Spam-fighting Feature.

For years, Akismet has improved life on the Web by analyzing comment form and contact form submissions and comparing them against millions of pieces of real-time content to catch and stop spam. This has gone well (533,000,000,000 times and counting), but it could be going even better.

Starting with version 5.0 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress, Akismet will begin analyzing how the content was posted in addition to what content is posted. What does this mean?

A typical human commenter on the Web takes about 40 seconds to read a blog post and another 40 seconds to write and submit a comment. Their typing speed varies significantly throughout the creation of their comment, and they regularly use their mouse to click around the page. An automated spambot (even one programmed to act like a person) doesn’t act so human-like: its typing speed and mouseclick speed are superhumanly consistent. It doesn’t spend time “reading” blog posts. Its mouse usage is sparse.

The differences in these behaviors between people and people-impersonating bots can be used to stop spam — even if a spambot is posting a comment identical to that of a real person, the way it does it is uniquely machine-like. The Akismet plugin will begin observing these behaviors so that they can be used as part of the spam-checking process. (None of this data is personally identifiable, and it won’t be used for any purpose other than identifying spam.)

To ensure that this latest anti-spam technology is being used to protect your website, upgrade to Akismet 5.0 by visiting the Updates page of your WordPress admin dashboard or by downloading it directly from the WordPress plugins directory.

Version 4.2.5 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2.5 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. This update contains the following improvements:

  • A fixed for a bug that added unnecessary comment history entries after comment rechecks.
  • Akismet now displays a notice when WP-Cron is disabled and might be affecting comment rechecks.

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 4.2.4 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2.4 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. This update contains the following improvements:

  • Improved translator instructions for comment history.
  • Bumped the “Tested up to” tag to WP 6.0.

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 4.2.3 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. This update contains the following improvements:

  • Improved compatibility with Fluent Forms
  • Fixed missing translation domains for better localization
  • Improved accessibility of the config 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.

WordPress Comment Blocklist: The Ultimate Guide

A lively comment section is great for visitor engagement and can even increase your position in search engines rankings. But spambots, internet trolls, and scammers can derail the discussion.

Fortunately, there are ways to automatically filter out unwanted comments. With the right tools and safety measures, you can reap the benefits of WordPress comments — without any of the drawbacks. 

In this post, we’ll take a close look at WordPress comment blocklists and why they’re important. We’ll then show you how to build a complete comment-blocking system in five steps. 

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The Pros and Cons of Enabling Comments on Your WordPress Website

For many bloggers, having comments is the best part of their blog ownership experience. They enjoy interacting with readers, getting real-time feedback, and seeing their community grow. However, while there are a lot of benefits to enabling comments on your WordPress website, you might run into a few problems along the way. 

If you’re on the fence about enabling comments, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll cover the pros and cons and discuss how you can protect your site from unwanted spam. 

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How to Enable or Disable User Registration in WordPress

WordPress offers a built-in user management and registration system. That means you can allow visitors to register on your website to receive updates, make purchases, or submit comments. User registration is disabled by default, so you may need to turn it on.

Fortunately, enabling user registration in WordPress is simple. Once you complete the process, you can share a registration link with visitors so they can sign up at any time. WordPress will take care of the rest. This includes saving user data, assigning roles, and submitting email confirmations.

In this article, we’ll talk about when it makes sense to offer users the option to sign up on your website. Then we’ll show you how to enable and disable user registration. 

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