Preventing WordPress comment spam

Having comments enabled on your WordPress site are great for building a community but it can be a target for spam. There are several methods of reducing comment spam that we recommend.

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  • Install comment spam prevention plugin
  • Modify discussion settings
    • Add requested items to comment blacklist
    • Disable comments for the entire site
    • Disable trackbacks for the entire site
    • Disable comments on old posts
    • Limit number of links in comments
  • Remove all comments, either active or pending upon request
  • Disable comments or trackback on individual pages (up to 5)
  • Disable external comment requests

To Do It Yourself

To help prevent comment spam yourself, use the table below to find the scenario that's applicable and follow those instructions.

Modify Discussion Settings

To do it yourself, see Difficulty
Change comment approval settings in WordPress Basic
Change the number of links allowed in a WordPress comment Basic
Change which comments require moderation in WordPress Basic
Change who can comment in WordPress Basic
Disable comments on old posts in WordPress Basic
Disable comments in WordPress Basic
Disable trackbacks and pingbacks in WordPress Basic
Setup a comment blacklist in WordPress Basic

Mitigate SPAM for a single post or page

To do it yourself, see Difficulty
Disable comments for a single WordPress post Basic
Disable WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks for a single post Basic

Install SPAM prevention plugins

To do it yourself, see Difficulty
Install a comment SPAM prevention plugin in WordPress Basic
Install a CAPTCHA plugin in WordPress Basic

Remove comments

To do it yourself, see Difficulty
Remove WordPress comments Basic
Remove WordPress comments within the database Medium

Disable external comment requests

To do it yourself, see Difficulty
Disable external WordPress comment requests Medium


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