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Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

Defeat automated spambots (even the new 'learning' bots with dynamically named hidden fields) by adding a client side generated checkbox.


27 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
2 stars
Not effective for semi-automated spam
By , for WP 3.6

Didn’t find it effective at all, in fact my observation was that spam increased significantly after I disabled other anti-spam plugins (except Akismet) and enabled this one. I think the root of the problem lies here (referring to another product). It appears I am having to deal with this type of “semi-automated” spam:

I think our definitions of “automated” spam differ quite a bit. It’s true that a good portion of automated spam comes in the form of direct POSTs to a blog; your plugin will definitely block these. But there are several forms of automated spam that come in the form of scripted bots that load the page in a browser (headless or otherwise) and actually fill out the form to trigger the postback. There is little that distinguish these from regular comments besides the time it takes to complete the form, and the often gibberish-level content submitted. These spam comments are also “automated” but will make it past your plugin. Granted they are much more rare, but have proven to be an issue on many sites I’ve worked with.


5 stars
By , for WP 3.5.2

I've been using Growmap for over five months now, and my comment spam went from nearly 300 per day to zero. I haven't had to change the checkbox's name once. Moreover, it didn't reduce the number of legitimate comments. You can see the results of my little case study here.

5 stars
Works well. Had to make minor style change.
By , for WP 3.5.1

Plugin appears to work very well. Had to make a minor style change to get it to integrate well with my page as the checkbox width was inconsistent; this was easy to do as all that was required was to comment out line 322 which contains:

gasp_cb.style.width = "25px";

Other than that, the plugin does what it claims and does it well. Would love to have a stats page just to see how many attempts were bounced but I guess that would require persistence and I do like how it doesn't require additional tables in my WP DB.

5 stars
Spot on!
By ,


5 stars
Great Spam Killer!
By , for WP 3.5.1

This is one of the best plugins to stop spamming and it is not annoying. Easy to install and use, and it works perfectly with any themes I've tested on. Thank you very much.

5 stars
Down from 50/day to zero
By , for WP 3.5

I think the title of my review says it all.

5 stars
You don't need other anti spam plugins
By , for WP 3.5.1

I've tried many anti spambot plugin
And this is the only one that really works
Try it

5 stars
Awsome Support and great plugin
By , for WP 3.5.1


This is really and great plugin with too smart support, Thanks a lot to team for great plugin with great support .....


5 stars
By , for WP 3.5.1

Works beautiful. It is harsh on automated spam, and easy to genuine commenters. Does not block real comments because it displays a reminder if someone forgets to check the box. I am not getting any spam now :-) Awesome!

5 stars
Great anti-spam solution, works a treat!
By , for WP 3.5.1

Works really well and simple to install. My site had started to be targeted by spam-bots with loads of the usual spam comments every day, and it was getting a hassle to keep deleting them from the Akismet spam file.

With this plugin installed, I get maybe one or two spam comments a week and these seem to be human-written ones, no automated spam any more.

Only slight issue I found was some unnecessary formatting of the 'tick to confirm you're human' box which was a bit of a pain to overwrite with css (see thread in forum), but not a huge issue.

Thanks guys :)

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