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WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam

A powerful, user-friendly, all-in-one anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam & registration spam. Includes spam-blocking contact form.

Installation Instructions

Option 1: Install the plugin directly through the WordPress Admin Dashboard (Recommended)

  1. Go to Plugins -> Add New.

  2. Type WP-SpamShield into the Search box, and click Search Plugins.

  3. When the results are displayed, click Install Now.

  4. When it says the plugin has successfully installed, click Activate Plugin to activate the plugin (or you can do this on the Plugins page).

Option 2: Install .zip file through WordPress Admin Dashboard

  1. Go to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload.

  2. Click Choose File and find wp-spamshield.zip on your computer's hard drive.

  3. Click Install Now.

  4. Click Activate Plugin to activate the plugin (or you can do this on the Plugins page).

Option 3: Install .zip file through an FTP Client (Recommended for Advanced Users Only)

  1. After downloading, unzip file and use an FTP client to upload the enclosed wp-spamshield directory to your WordPress plugins directory (usually /wp-content/plugins/) on your web server.

  2. Go to your Plugins page in the WordPress Admin Dashboard, and find this plugin in the list.

  3. Click Activate to activate the plugin.

Next Steps After Installation

  1. Check to make sure the plugin is installed properly. Many support requests for this plugin originate from improper installation and can be easily prevented. To check proper installation status, go to the WP-SpamShield page in your Admin. It's a submenu link under the Settings. Go the the 'Installation Status' area near the top and it will tell you if the plugin is installed correctly. If it tells you that the plugin is not installed correctly, please double-check what directory you have installed WP-SpamShield in, delete any WP-SpamShield files you have uploaded to your server, re-read the Installation Instructions, and start the Installation process over. If it is installed correctly, then move on to the next step.

  2. Select desired configuration options.

  3. If you are using front-end anti-spam plugins (CAPTCHA's, challenge questions, etc), be sure they are disabled since there's no longer a need for them, and these could likely conflict. (Back-end anti-spam plugins like Akismet are fine, although unnecessary.)

  4. Install a contact form if you like. (See below)

You're done! Sit back and see what it feels like to live without comment spam, trackback spam, and registration spam!

For Best Results

WP-SpamShield was created specifically to stop automated comment spam (which accounts for over 99.9% of comment spam), and we have built in many features that combat human comment spam and completely eliminate trackback/pingback spam. Unfortunately, no plugin can perfectly detect human comment spam. As other experts will tell you, the most effective strategy for blocking spam involves applying a variety of techniques. For best results, enable comment moderation in your WordPress Settings. (If you desire a backup, feel free to use Akismet, as the two plugins are compatible, even though it's probably not necessary. I would recommend not using any other spam plugins at the same time, in order to keep keep your web server load down and prevent conflicts.)

Displaying Stats on Your Blog

Want to show off your spam stats on your blog and tell others about WP-SpamShield? Simply add the following code to your WordPress theme where you'd like the stats displayed: <?php if ( function_exists(spamshield_counter) ) { spamshield_counter(1); } ?> where '1' is the style. Replace the '1' with a number from 1-9 corresponding to one of the background styles you'd like to use. (See plugin homepage for more info.)

To add it to any page or post, add the following shortcode to the page or post where you'd like the stats displayed (using the HTML editing tab, NOT the Visual editor): [spamshieldcounter style=1] where '1' is the style. Replace the '1' with a number from 1-9 that corresponds to one of the images below that matches the style you'd like to use. To simply display text stats on your site (no graphic), replace the '1' with '0'.

To add smaller counter to your site, add the following code to your WordPress theme where you'd like the stats displayed: <?php if ( function_exists(spamshield_counter) ) { spamshield_counter(1); } ?> where '1' is the style. Replace the '1' with a number from 1-5 that corresponds to the style you'd like to use. (See plugin homepage for more info.)

To add it to any page or post, add the following shortcode to the page or post where you'd like the stats displayed (using the HTML editing tab, NOT the Visual editor): [spamshieldcountersm style=1] where '1' is the style. Replace the '1' with a number from 1-5 that corresponds to the style you'd like to use.

Or, you can simply use the widget. It displays stats in the style of small counter #1. Now you can show spam stats on your blog without knowing any code.

Adding a Contact Form to Your Blog

First create a page (not post) where you want to have your contact form. Then, insert the following shortcode (using the HTML editing tab, NOT the Visual editor) and you're done: [spamshieldcontact]

There is no need to configure the form. It allows you to simply drop it into the page you want to install it on. However, there are a few basic configuration options. You can choose whether or not to include Phone and Website fields, whether they should be required, add a drop down menu with up to 10 options, set the width and height of the Message box, set the minimum message length, set the form recipient, enter a custom message to be displayed upon successful contact form submission, and choose whether or not to include user technical data in the email.

If you want to modify the style of the form using CSS, all the form elements have an ID attribute you can reference in your stylesheet.

What the Contact Form feature IS: A simple drop-in contact form that won't get spammed.

What the Contact Form feature is NOT: A configurable and full-featured plugin like some other contact form plugins out there.

Configuration Information

Spam Options

Blocked Comment Logging Mode This is a temporary diagnostic mode that logs blocked comment submissions for 7 days, then turns off automatically. If you want to see what spam has been blocked on your site, this is the option to use. Also, if you experience any technical issues, this will help with diagnosis, as you can email this log file to support if necessary. If you suspect you are having a technical issue, please turn this on right away and start logging data. Then submit a support request, and we'll email you back asking to see the log file so we can help you fix whatever the issue may be. The log is cleared each time this feature is turned on, so make sure you download the file before turning it back on. Also the log is capped at 2MB for security. This feature may use slightly higher server resources, so for best performance, only use when necessary. (Most websites won't notice any difference.)

Log All Comments Requires that Blocked Comment Logging Mode be engaged. Instead of only logging blocked comments, this will allow the log to capture all comments while logging mode is turned on. This provides more technical data for comment submissions than WordPress provides, and helps us improve the plugin. If you plan on submitting spam samples to us for analysis, it's helpful for you to turn this on, otherwise it's not necessary. If you have any spam comments that you feel WP-SpamShield should have blocked (usually human spam), then please submit a support request. When we email you back we will ask you to forward the data to us by email.

This extra data will be extremely valuable in helping us improve the spam protection capabilities of the plugin.

Disable trackbacks. Use if trackback spam is excessive. It is recommended that you don't use this option unless you are experiencing an extreme spam attack.

Disable pingbacks. Use if pingback spam is excessive. The disadvantage is a reduction of communication between blogs. When blogs ping each other, it's like saying "Hi, I just wrote about you", and disabling these pingbacks eliminates that ability. It is recommended that you don't use this option unless you are experiencing an extreme spam attack.

Help promote WP-SpamShield? This places a small link under the comments and contact form, letting others know what's blocking spam on your blog. This plugin is provided for free, so this is much appreciated. It's a small way you can give back and let others know about WP-SpamShield.

Contact Form Options These are self-explanatory.

Requires: 3.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.1.1
Last Updated: 2015-2-27
Downloads: 364,381

Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars

Support

16 of 16 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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