Block Comment Spam Before it Reaches Your Spam Folder
“Simple Comments is more effective at blocking automated comment spam than Akismet.” That’s what bloggers who use Simple Comments on more than 500,000 WordPress blogs have been telling us for several years when Simple Comments was a free plugin called Spam Free WordPress. We have taken the effectiveness of that free plugin and improved it in our new product called Simple Comments, which is now even faster than before. Simple Comments blocks spam before it gets stored in your blog database, which is very different from how Akismet works. However, just like Akismet, Simple Comments protects the comment form invisibly, so visitors don’t need to do anything to submit a comment, except of course click the submit button.
How is Simple Comments different from Akismet?
Akismet allows all comments to be submitted, it then runs the comments through filters, and stores the comments in your spam folder if it thinks they are spam, so you can manually check those comments later to be sure they really are spam. Why should you have to decide if a comment marked as spam is actually spam? Isn’t that the plugin’s job?
Simple Comments requires each comment to pass, or fail, an authentication check to be sure it came from a real person. If the comment fails the test, the message is blocked before it can be stored in your database. If the comment passes, the message is stored in your database as a comment. The authentication is similar to a password that is attached to the comment form, which a spam bot won’t see, and a commenter won’t have to enter, but will only be sent to the server for authentication if the comment is submitted by a real person.
Simple Comments does not use DNS black lists, or other methods to trick spammers, because those methods result in false positives, which means real visitors may not be able to leave legitimate comments. Simple Comments blocks automated spam with no false positives.
The security authentication provided by Simple Comments is anonymous authentication, which means the visitor does not need to login, or provide any information at all, since the security works automatically by detecting if they are a human.
Although spam is normally blocked, you can configure Simple Comments to save spam in your spam folder so you can review it if you prefer.
Form Spam Blocking
Simple Comments currently protects the following forms:
- WordPress Comment form (Spambot protection)
- Gravity Forms (Spambot protection)
- Contact Form 7 (Spambot protection)
- WordPress login form (Hackbot protection)
- WordPress user registration form (Hackbot protection)
- WooCommerce Product Review form (Spambot protection)
- WooCommerce Product Enquiry Form (Spambot protection)
The WooCommerce Product Review form, and the WooCommerce Product Enquiry Form, are both protected automatically from spambots.
Gravity Forms Security
Spambot blocking support is available for Gravity Forms, and is really simple to add to any form. Click on the Security Fields button under the Simple Comments label, and click Update Form.
Contact Form 7 Security
Spambot blocking support is available for Contact Form 7, and is also really simple to add to any form. Click on Generate Tag, and choose Simple Comments Security.
Once the tag has been generated, copy and paste the shortcode, and paste it into the window on the left in the edit form window, click save, and you’re form is now protected from spambots.
Spambot blocking support has been added for the Jetpack Contact Form, and the WooCommerce login form, but those features cannot be turned on until hooks are available in those plugins to support Simple Comments security.
WordPress Login Form Security
Simple Comments spam blocking capability comes from a solid security solution that can extended to almost anything. Simple Comments has been extended to protect the WordPress login form from hackbots that use bruteforce, dictionary, and certain algorithm attacks to crack your blog’s username and password security. Back in April of 2013 there was a huge botnet attack from more than 100,000 IP addresses that hacked into hundreds of thousands of WordPress blogs. Those hacked blogs would have been protected from the hackbots if Simple Comments security was available at that time.
WordPress User Registration Form Security
Simple Comments has been extended to protect the WordPress User Registration form from hackbots that create fake accounts to gain access to your blog. This is a security problem, because once a hackbot has an account it can log into, it then has inside access to your blog.
High Traffic Blogs
Simple Comments was designed to scale, so it can handle the largest spam attacks thrown at it without even breaking a sweat. The plugin protects blogs getting over 35 million visitors per month, and sometimes tens of thousands of comment spam per day.
Give Your Comment List Some Style
Even if your theme provides a great look for your comment form, you might want to try something a bit different. Comment form styles will be added throughout the year to give you more choices.
Block Unwanted Commenters or Manual Spammers
Sometimes guests overstay their welcome, but refuse to leave. Commenters can be blocked using the Simple Comments block list.
Let Simple Comments Cleanup Your Unwanted Comment Trash
Although Simple Comments won’t send any spam to your spam folder, some people still like to use Akismet as a backup, and that means the spam folder will need to be cleaned out regularly. Of course you won’t need Akismet once Simple Comments is installed, but if you used Akismet in the past it is a good idea to let Simple Comments cleanup the mess Akismet left behind.
Spammers leave links in their comments to trick readers into visiting their websites, or their client’s websites, which can damage the search engine optimization of your blog. Those backlinks can cause your blog to lose page ranking and other metrics. Simple Comments provides the option to strip out the HTML from comments so those backlinks are just text, and not a link at all, which makes for a hard day at the office for spammers.
Comments in Your Language
Simple Comments is fully localized, and has been translated into the following languages. We’re always on the lookout for translation volunteers who want to help us improve Simple Comments for everyone around the world.
- German – Deutsch (de_DE)
- Italian – Italian (it_IT)
- French – Français (fr_FR)
- Hebrew – עברית (he_IL)
- Japanese – (日本語 – ja)
- Chinese – 中文 (zh_CN)
- Hong Kong – (香港) (zh_HK)
- Taiwan – (台灣) (zh_TW)
- Swedish – Svenska (sv_SE)
- Norwegian – (norsk)
Installation and Upgrades
This is a WordPress plugin, which you can upload and install through your WordPress dashboard under the Plugins menu. After the plugin is installed it can be updated automatically through your WordPress dashboard, just like any other WordPress plugin, using our custom built WooCommerce API Manager.
If you have never installed a plugin from a zip file before, we will be happy to provide instructions, or to install the plugin for you. Your satisfaction, and opinion of our products and service, are important to us.
- WordPress 3.1 or later
- Single site or Multisite WordPress installation
- PHP 5
Plugin support is free during the subscription period.
* Simple Comments is the official replacement for Spam Free WordPress.
How Does the Licensing Work?
A blog is a single activation of Simple Comments for a single site WordPress blog. A multisite WordPress installation that has 5 blogs would be 5 activations, not 1 activation for all blogs.
Simple Comments Affiliate Program
Although we do not offer an affiliate program, we do offer several bulk license activation packages that make it possible to resell Simple Comments as part of a service package, or however you want to offer it. The only catch is that we provide support with the license holder only. The only other limitation is that you not represent yourself as the plugin developer.