How to block WordPress comment spam without a plugin for free

How to block WordPress comment spam without a plugin? Is it really possible and how well does it work? Well, yes, it is possible and it’s extremely easy to do.

Every WordPress site should have a goal to use as few plugins as possible while still allowing the website to perform as it needs to. As is often the case, there are times where installing plugins is necessary to lessen our workload, provide certain functionality or prevent spam. But you don’t have to use a plugin to prevent spam. WordPress actually comes with built in spam fighting measures.

This will prevent nearly all spam. As you see some from time to time copy the spam word they used and add them to the blacklist to prevent that from ever coming through again.

There are several benefits of using this method of blocking WordPress comment spam without a plugin. First of all, it’s one less plugin you have to install, Fewer plugins typically means a faster loading website and a lower chance of a plugin conflict. Secondly, it can save you money. Most decent spam blocking plugins are a premium service, usualy coming with a monthly fee attached. That monthly fee can quickly add up. This method is 100% free. Thirdly. It can help protect your website through the settings which will prevent bots from accessing the form successfully. Fourth, it’s native. Being native guarantees ongoing support. If a plugin closes there will be no more updates. If the plugin stops working, you need to rely on the plugin developer to release an update. If a plugin conflicts with your site, it may break your site or not block spam.

As you can see, there are many benefits to using this method. It’s not as easy as one or 2 checkboxes, but it is still extremely easy to do.

How to block WordPress comment spam without a plugin

1. Go to settings >> Discussions in your admin dashboard

2. Once in you’ll need to do the following, as shown in the below image

3 Under Default post settings use the following options

4. Under Other comment settings use the settings as follows

5 In the Email me whenever settings set the following

6 Under Before a comment appears section use the following

7. Leave the Comment Moderation textarea empty

8. Copy and paste the following words to the comment blacklist section then click save. Once you’ve done this your website should be free of comment spam, saving you not only money, but also time.

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Written by: John Cook

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About: As the founder of Swift Designs, WC Success Academy, Wiz Plugins and Learn Wp by Swift Designs, my goal is to empower website owners around the world to take full control of their WordPress powered websites. I've been developing websites for close to 10 years and have a deep understanding of WordPress and how it works. As an active plugin developer with several plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, this gives me a unique understanding of the inner workings of WordPress. My goal with Learn WP is to allow WordPress website owners the ability to discover the true potential WordPress has to offer in an uncomplicated and easy to understand way

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