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Spam Free WordPress

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

10 reviews
Average Rating
2.3 out of 5 stars
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Worse than terrible customer service...
By , for WP 3.9


I am very frustrated. After updating my wordpress core my paid Todd Lahman anti spam plugin (Simple Comments) started throwing errors.

I started by using this free product - but, it turned out to really be a bait and switch. You now must pay to really get a product that works. It was worth the price (when it worked), but since it no longer works - and Todd REFUSES to reply to my support tickets requesting help - I am done with any plugins from Todd Lahman.

I purchased his "Simple Comments" plugin for $29 for 1 year - support was to be included. But now, it simply won't work - and he will not reply to my 4 support tickets that I submitted from his support website over a 5 week period.

So, the only thing I can do is to warn others to stay away from this developer. I believe his refusal to even acknowledge my support tickets is worse than terrible service. Why do people do this?

In case anyone is looking for a product that works well to stop forum spam and spam posts - I now use the "Anti-spam by CleanTalk" found in the WordPress plugin collection. And, it's only $8 per year.

Mark P-R

Great Plug in and support
By ,

Have had this plugin on 3 sites for a few years and it have always delivered as advertized. And the few times that I had issues they were always dealt with promptly and friendly.

Strong Spam Blocker
By , for WP 3.6.1

"Spam Free WordPress" is really powerful and its a real Spam Free plugin. I suggest it to all webmasters who want to get rid of spam and spammers.

What happened?
By , for WP 3.5.1

I LOVED this plug-in. I am new to web site development, so I have been trying out free versions of plugins before purchasing. I updated Spam Free WordPress recently, and now it isn't working. And when I went to get support, I found that my username and password no longer work. I was planning to add this to my plug-in purchases, but now I am unsure...

This Plugin Saves Lives
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I had over 20k spam trackbacks on a site, I couldn't get rid of them. I used disqus and couldn't disable it because it's tied into a lot of things. In any case, this plugin did the trick and continues to work when other plugins don't.

The license key is a bit annoying but whatever, it's free and it's worth it.

Works very well
By , for WP 3.5.1

We are using the plugin on a number of sites (more than 50) both single installs of WordPress and multisite. It just works and stops most spam. I have not seen a single false flagging.

Pretty effective plugin
By , for WP 3.5.1

Good plugin, works pretty well as I see significantly less spam :) happy camper!

No Spam Since I Installed It!
By , for WP 3.5.1

I had one site that got 3+ spam comments a day. 2 weeks after installing this plugin and not a single spam comment. Other than paying some service to block spam, this plugin is a great alternative.

I agree, the need to enter personal information to activate it is pretty silly. But, the developer has their reasons, I guess. I'm not complaining as long as it works and it's free.

Happy to recommend it! One of my favorites.
By , for WP 3.5.1

Thanks for a great add-on to every WordPress website I build!

Amazing! Spam is just gone!
By , for WP 3.4.2

I cannot believe that this plugin just has reviews about the "privacy" issue.
It just works amazingly well!

I used to get like 20 spam comments (tagged as spam, but still a mess to delete) everyday, they are gone now :) And I'm still getting the good ones :D

Would love to know what's the secret!

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