7 Best Akismet Alternatives for WordPress Spam Prevention
Want an Akismet alternative to block spam on your WordPress site? If so, keep reading to discover some great Akismet alternatives that you can try today.
Akismet is the most popular anti-spam WordPress plugin. Still, many WordPress users seem to be interested in other anti-spam plugins as well; if the amount of searches for Akismet alternatives is anything to go by.
So in this article, we’ve researched and compiled some great options for spam prevention on your WordPress site besides the Akismet plugin.
The Best Akismet Alternatives
CleanTalk‘s cloud-based anti-spam solution is one of the most powerful Akismet alternatives. The tool stops spam in comments, registrations, contact emails, orders, bookings, subscriptions, surveys & polls, widgets and WooCommerce.
It does all these without subjecting your users to annoying CAPTCHAs. No Captcha, no questions, no counting animals, no puzzles, no math.
The plugin also checks and removes any existing spam comments and spam users. Besides, you can block users by country and comments using “stop words”.
Another great feature of CleanTalk is the “SpamFireWall” that lets you block the most active spam bots before they can even access your website. Besides protecting your site from spam, this also helps reduce the load on your web server since spam bots won’t be able to load your website pages.
The plugin adds an extra hidden field to comments form. This field is hidden for the user but visible for the spammer. If a spammer fills this trap-field, the comment will be blocked because it is spam.
The plugin is easy to use and you only need to install and just works.
Antispam Bee is another popular alternative to Akismet. The plugin blocks spam comments and trackbacks without subjecting your users to CAPTCHAs.
This plugin has a bunch of features and settings. It can trust approved commenters and commenters with a Gravatar. You can allow comments only in a certain language and block or allow commenters from certain countries.
Antispam Bee can also treat BBCode as spam and validate the IP address of commenters. Moreover, the plugin notifies admin by email about incoming spam and can delete existing spam after a certain number of days.
Better still, the Antispam Bee plugin is free of charge and ad-free as well.
Stop Spammers is an aggressive website defence tool that protects against comment spam and login attempts. The plugin stops bot user registrations as soon as you activate it.
Stop Spammers is easy to use and has plenty of user options. The plugin works for people using WooCommerce too.
To prevent users from being blocked completely, Stop Spammers offers denied users a second chance to post their comments or login. It presents them a CAPTCHA screen which can be configured as OpenCaptcha, Google reCAPTCHA or SolveMedia CAPTCHA.
More Akismet Alternatives
WPBruiser is an anti-spam and security plugin that prevents spam without using read CAPTCHA images. It can protect your WordPress installation against spam signups, comment spam as well as brute force attacks.
This plugin does not move spam comments to your spam folder but rather prevents the bots from leaving spam on your site in the first place. Moreover, WPBruiser does not need to connect to any outside services.
Spam Destroyer is a simple but great spam prevention plugin. You simply need to install and activate it and it just works. No settings necessary.
The plugin keeps automated spam away while remaining unobtrusive to genuine commenters. It’s an awesome Akismet alternative and many WordPress users are using it instead.
Spam Master is a fast and clean WordPress plugin that stops malicious spam registrations and comments. It uses RBL technology (real time block lists) to protect WordPress websites from known spam emails, domains, IP’s and words.
Over to You – Which of these Akismet Alternatives is your Favourite?
The above plugins are some of the best Akismet alternatives around, our favourite being CleanTalk anti-spam. We’ve only covered a handful, but there are many other great alternatives to Akismet out there.
Do you know of more WordPress spam prevention plugins? What other Akismet alternatives would you like to see in this list? Feel free to suggest them in the comments below.