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Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.

Author:Automattic (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.0
WordPress version tested:5.2.4
Plugin version:4.1.2
Added to WordPress repository:20-10-2005
Last updated:14-05-2019
Rating, %:94
Rated by:840
Plugin URI:https://akismet.com/
Total downloads:143 497 716
Active installs:5 000 000+
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Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Major features in Akismet include:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

PS: You’ll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs; paid subscriptions are available for businesses and commercial sites.


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