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Spam Free WordPress

Todd Lahman's comment spam blocking plugin that blocks automated spam with zero false positives.

24 reviews
Average Rating
2.3 out of 5 stars
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not helping
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spam everywhere ...

Useless Plugin
By , for WP 4.1

Says stops 100% of spam. Have had 500 spam in last 3 months. Plugin is useless.

Deleted after free key was revoked
By , for WP 3.8.1

Add insult to injury. The plugin author disabled the free keys from back when it was free and so now is no longer effective. Don't waste your time installing this "free" plugin because it's not. As others say, bait & switch. He could have at least grandfathered the users that got the free key back when it was free.

it's just an advertisement for his other ***
By , for WP 3.8.1

it's just an advertisement for his other ****. don't bother.

These are family friendly forums, please. Thanks. -mod

Doesn't work after the infamous upgrade
By , for WP 3.8

I've used and loved this plugin for a long time. Sometime this last summer, an 'update' was released, with no heads up, which basically destroyed this plugin. It reduced the spam protection, and apparently added it to its paid version. This is acknowledged by the author in the support pages for this plugin.

I contacted the author about getting a ton of spam after the upgrade and he said that his paid plugin 'simple comments' has stronger protection and has more features etc, so I should buy that one.

I think we deserved a little heads up or warning on the update release notes, sth like 'the spam protection on this next update is reduced, install at your own risk etc'. Especially those of us with a low budget and and cannot afford to pay an annual fee for licences. Now I can't even revert back to the old version that had the good protection.

So I find myself looking for a decent FREE spam protection plugin again.

Fake Plugin
By , for WP 3.7.1

Front for a paid plugin.

bait and switch
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bait and switch

So-called 'spam free'
By , for WP 3.7.1

Getting loads of spam.

How to lose customers....in one easy lesson
By , for WP 3.6

It's certainly a pity that the developer of this plugin decided to take the route of withdrawing functionality of this once excellent plugin. A better option would have been to cease development of the plugin and increase development of the premium version, without taking away functionality.

Having just started up a new website, I had done a lot a research on some of the best anti-spam solutions. I chose Spam Free WordPress as it was a free plugin that I could use in order to test the viability of the new site. If it was a viable option, then I would have happily paid for a solution. Now, after updating my plugin as part of the site maintenance, I have found that I have an ugly password field (or two) on my comments form and need to now purchase a solution in order to return the previous functionality back on. This has left me with more work to do and an unsavoury user-experience for site visitors.

The developer has certainly shot themselves in the foot, as I will definitely not be purchasing anything from somebody so unreliable and easily willing to make such drastic changes without concern for their customer base. I would worry what other actions this type of mindset would bring in the future, if they were willing to put so many people in a position where their websites lost functionality.

Thank you for making my ultimate decision for me of whether to use your product on a more permanent basis.

Feel like I got a bait and switch
By , for WP 3.5.1

Spam Free WordPress was the best spam filter plug-in I'd found. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that it had changed to a licensed version and that the upgrade would lose functionality... I just went through and updated plug-ins as part of routine maintenance. After the upgrade, the plug-in is worse than useless. Look elsewhere.

I respect the need to make a living, but to remove features in an update is just downright shady. There's no possible way I will ever purchase anything from this developer now.

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