How to Block an IP Address or Country from a WordPress Site

Let’s face it: the internet isn’t always a safe place and malicious attacks can come from anywhere. But one good solution to protect your site from hacks and spam is to block malicious IP addresses.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a tech whiz to protect your site. By understanding how IP addresses work and how you can manage them on your WordPress website, you can help prevent spam and secure your data.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to IP addresses and cover why you might want to block some of them. We’ll also show you how to find and remove any problematic ones. Finally, we’ll share three extra ways to prevent WordPress spam.

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How to Stop User Spam Registrations in WordPress

Offering a user registration feature on your website can be a great way to generate leads and encourage brand loyalty. On the other hand, it can also make your site vulnerable to spam registrations.

Fortunately, there are ways to reap the benefits of registrations without opening your site to bad-faith users. By taking some simple precautions, you can block bots and hackers from creating accounts and accessing your WordPress dashboard.

In this post, we’ll discuss why user registration spam can damage your site. We’ll then share eight ways to stop these unwanted signups. 

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Version 4.2.2 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Version 4.2.2 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. This update contains the following improvements:

  • Better compatibility with Formidable Forms
  • Fixed a bug that could cause issues when multiple contact forms appear on one page.
  • Updated the delete_comment and deleted_comment actions to pass two arguments to match WordPress core since 4.9.0.
  • A new filter that allows comment types to be excluded when counting users’ approved comments.

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.

The Best Anti-spam Plugins for WordPress (2022 Review)

Nobody likes spam. Well, except for the spammers.

But spam plagues every single website, no matter its size. It shows up in comments, contact form submissions, and user registrations. And not only is it annoying and time-consuming to deal with, it can be damaging for your reputation and your website.

So how do you prevent it? Let’s take a closer look at spam, learn why a plugin is your best solution, and compare the best anti-spam plugins for WordPress.

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How to Prevent & Stop Spam Comments in WordPress

Comment sections can be goldmines for engaging with your audience. Yet unmoderated comments can quickly descend into chaos. If you don’t keep an eye out for spam, it may overrun every comment section on your website. These messages can scare real readers away, and prevent them from interacting with other users (and with you).

In most cases, spam is easy to recognize. Users or guests will leave links to other websites without explaining why, or start talking about products and services that have nothing to do with your content. If you put measures in place to stop these messages, you can keep your comment sections protected and valuable to your audience.

In this article, we’re going to take a good look at how spam appears in a comment section. We’ll show you how to identify spam comments on your WordPress websites, and talk about how they negatively affect your website. Finally, we’ll show you eight ways to prevent comment spam in WordPress. Let’s get to it!

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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