How do you block spam comments in WordPress?
First let me remind and inform there are two WordPress methods. First there is WordPress.com where you create a “free” website using WordPress and it is hosted on the Automattic servers. You own nothing and control only part. Then there is WordPress.org which you either download and install on your server or if you are using a good WordPress web host you simply click a button and install. While you still never “own” the software you can control it to a much greater degree and your content resides on your server under your control.
Spam comments on any blog are a real pain and can carry a high cost of resources to the site owner. Preventing spam comments from being posted to begin with is the ultimate solution but even deterring spam comments is a great plus. This method shows how to allow manual content but to slow down the spam operators who have a goal of posting as many spam comments per day as possible.
There are many different ways to block spam comment on WordPress and this is but one simple, easy to implement, non-invasive (won’t piss of your readers), and essentially free method of slowing down or stopping spam altogether. As always I invite you to leave your favorite method in the comments or submit a guest blog explaining in grave detail why you know a better way – in fact you are invited to do so!