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Cannot connect to Akismet server (7 posts)

  1. Mischif
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm using the default install of Akismet in my website, and I'm trying to activate it, but every time I try to save my key, it goes

    The key you entered could not be verified because a connection to akismet.com could not be established. Please check your server configuration.

    Does anyone know why?

  2. drmike
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Get with your host and double check to see if 1) php if allowed to use fopen() and 2)they haven't blocked outbound port 80 calls. The plugin can't contact the askimet servers. One of those causes is usually the reason.

    It's been discussed a few times over if you're interested.

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

  3. manne80
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What do I do if that doesn't solve it?

  4. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    If your server can't connect to the akismet server, perhaps you might try an alternative to akismet? For instance, I use Spam Karma 2.

  5. manne80
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hey nice. just installed that one before I read this post.
    Does it work good for you?

  6. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've bounced back and forth between it and Akismet several times over the past year or so.

    I feel a bit more control with SK2. Conversely, Akismet is much more "hands-off". I think they both do a pretty good job. :-)

    I also run Bad Behavior as an extra "pre" layer of defense and find it very impressive.

  7. 88michael
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem

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