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Testimonial Spam (5 posts)

  1. CarolVerity
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi, We seem to have received a whole batch of spam through the testimonial submission form.

    Please could you advise as to the best way to prevent this.

    We have Akismet activated on the site, but this is bypassing that.

    Thank You

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/gc-testimonials/

  2. Chris Dillon
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Adding Captcha to the form is the best approach. Unless/until the developer integrates Captcha directly, there are plugins that seem to allow you to bolt on Captcha to any form. I have not tried any but I would be happy to try them out and possibly make a recommendation. Interested?

  3. CarolVerity
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Sounds good Dillon, I am sure many would appreciate the testing and advice. I know I will :-) ... thank you.

  4. Chris Dillon
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    No joy, Carol.

    I looked at several and tried a few but was not able to find a plugin that would attach Captcha to anything but the standard forms (login, user registration, comments) with one exception: Captcha by BestWebSoft. But (a) you would need to manually add some code to the testimonials.php, and (b) the form code would need to be reworked slightly first.

    In short, it's possible to do, but it's not a simple install+configure process as I had hoped.

    The best bet is for the developer to integrate it directly. Until then, I'll keep this on my radar and will let you know if I run across anything.

    One approach worth considering: Publish a page containing the submission form, put a password on it, then share the password with your clients only.

  5. Michael Cannon
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Carol, Chris:

    Integrating reliable anti-spam is a major PITA for none-comment entries.

    I've got a pretty reliable setup going for the premium version of Testimonials if you're interested to try out. See https://aihr.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/screenshot-211.png for an explantion behind successful testimonial submissions.

    Further, by direct request, from some GC Testimonial users, I've written a GC Testimonials to Testimonials migration tool. Folks are pretty happy with the 5 minute conversion to using Testimonials so far.

    Ciao!

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