This is a Guest Post by Tracey Jones

If you have a website, you’re going to receive spam. That’s a harsh reality of the digital world. WordPress websites aren’t exempt.

In order to deal with the crazy amount of spam you will receive almost immediately from the moment your site goes live (seriously, not a single word of exaggeration here), you’ll need to be ready with some strong anti spam measures on your side.

In this post, I have listed 7 superb anti spam WordPress Plugins in 2016 to help you protect your site from the floods

Here is the list of Top 7 Anti Spam WordPress Plugins in 2016:

1) Akismet

Akismet WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 1+million
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

WordPress classic Akismet is without contest the number one anti spam plugin and has been for many years. It’s developed by Automattic, so you know it means business.

The plugin is available to everyone with WordPress core, so you have Akismet on your WordPress by default and all its free features already at hand to help you deal with spam. For low traffic websites that don’t quite receive enough spam to drown the earth twenty times over, the free version is enough to get the job done.

The enterprise grade anti spam features come with the premium API key, which requires you to register and pay a small fee (starting with $5/month for over 50,000 spam checks on non profit and personal websites). Akismet will then work by uploading all incoming comments (and spam) to its own server where they undergo extensive testing from all the smart algorithms I’m too stupid to understand. The ones that pass the test are sent to your site’s front end (published) and the rest are thrown in the spam queue where you can deal with them as you please.

2) WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam

WP-SpamShield WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 100,000+
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

This is a plugin I particularly like. WP Spamshield Anti Spam is an awesome free plugin available at WordPress.org Plugin repository. It’s feature packed with sophisticated algorithms to help you deal with spam of the kind that comes via comments, registration forms and contact forms; trackbacks and pingbacks, and more. You can also use its comment logging or user blacklisting features to identify and block the more arduous spammers that won’t stop bugging you.

I like this plugin because it doesn’t depend on stupid Captcha boxes or challenge questions that annoy your users to no degree. It works with almost every contact or registration form plugin, and you can enable the feature to prevent visitors from proxy servers to your website. 

3) CleanTalk

CleanTalk WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 40K+
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Price: 7 days free trial after that 15$ per month
  • Available at: WordPress.org

This premium plugin is neat. CleanTalk comes with amazing features, all cloud operated, to prevent spam on WordPress websites. It helps you outright block and deal with comment and trackback spam and spam bots, has some pretty extensive testing algorithms for automatic spam detection, and there even are some amazing statistics to help you keep a comment log, including details of blocked users/ servers/ HTTP links along with the reason why and when they were blocked for review. It’s compatible with all major contact form plugins and WooCommerce too.

4) Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (GASP)

Growmap WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 50K+
  • Rating: 3.9/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

This free plugin is so simple its brilliant. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin merely adds a client-side JavaScript powered check box to the website’s comment input field or contact form submission which simply asks users to check it if they are indeed a person and not a spam bot.

While it doesn’t have many spam moderation and user/ server blocking features, it is pretty efficient against spambots. It’s also lightweight, which is always a plus.

For many WordPress websites, this simple thing can bring down their spam amount considerably.

5) Anti-Spam Bee

Anti-Spam Bee WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 200,000+
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

Even Matt Mullenweg (of Automattic and WordPress founding fame) likes Anti Spam bee. This plugin is free of cost and available at WordPress.org plugin repository, armed to the teeth with great features and lightweight enough to pose no hindrance on your site loading speed. It has features that will block specified IP addresses from commenting, deletes spammed comments automatically from database, and shows you monthly reports with detailed statistics and most threatening sources of spam on your website. You can choose your own ‘spam indicators’ essentially letting you create your own spam check parameters from a list of select algorithms. There’s no captcha, thank goodness.

6) WordPress Zero Spam

WordPress Zero Spam WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 20K+
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

If your target audience and readership have decidedly Javascript enabled browsers on their devices, then you can use this free plugin to stop javascript disabled users from pelting your site with spam.

WordPress zero spam works with all caching plugins, contact form plugins, and community building tool like BuddyPress, but not Jetpack (too bad). The plugin will use server side and client side JS key validation to detect spambots which so far is a very effective technique against spam bots.

7) Spam Destroyer

Spam Destroyer WordPress Plugin

  • Active Installs: 6K+
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Price: Free
  • Available at: WordPress.org

This plugin is very, very aptly named. Spam Destroyer is pretty much exactly as advertised. Available free of cost on WordPress.org Plugin repository, the plugin is small and extremely lightweight. It’s also packed with features that will let you actually deal with collected spam.

It’s easy to use and doesn’t use captcha or ‘human verification’ checks, but it’s very effective against spambots.

Conclusion

Fighting spam is a constant war; you and your WordPress development company need to be proactive in methods of spam prevention as well as methods to deal with the spam that’s already there (moderation is a pain).

A lot of these plugins will work pretty well for most low to medium traffic WordPress websites. Keep in mind that the more popular your domain is, the more spam you get. Have an industrial grade spam solution ready at hand to protect your WordPress website from the onslaught early on.

That’s it!! Hope you liked this article, These were the WordPress plugins that we think are capable to be listed in the top 7 anti spam wordpress plugins but If you have any other popular plugin in mind then you can tell us in the comment section below.

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This Guest Post is Submitted By: Tracey Jones

Tracey Jones (Twitter) is a highly skilled web developer for a leading custom WordPress CMS development companyHireWPGeeks Ltd. Instead of this, she is enthusiast of sharing her knowledge with others on the web regarding new web design and development trends in the market.

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