Stop SPAM in WordPress blog

Akismet is must for any WordPress blog, it is not just because I am using it in hackandsecure.com and not a kind of marketing but truly it does what it say – SPAM control. I was also one of wordpress blogger who was totally frustrated because of 1000s of SPAMs everyday and became uncontrollable. After implementing Akismet, I am fully rid of SPAMs. You can even see in the bottom image of how many SPAM controlled in a day.

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Facebook Like Box in WordPress

Could you see ‘Find us on Facebook’ widget on right side of our post? Would you like to have a similar one in your WordPress blog? Follow the below steps

1. Get downloaded from Facebook Like Box Widget

2. Upload ‘zip’ file in wordpress plugins (remember! you need to upload zip as it is downloaded)

  • Click on Plugins –> Add New
  • On “Install Plugins” page, clik on “Upload”
  • Browse and select “facebook-like-box-widget.zip” and click on “Install Now”

3. Then go to Plugins –> Installed Plugins and ‘Activate’ option of ‘Facebook Like Box’

4. Now go to Appearance –> Widgets option and edit your ‘Facebook Like Box’ Widget

5. All of the options are self explanatory except Facebook Page ID.

  • Open your facebook account
  • Click on any of your photos
  • Your facebook page ID is at the address bar, the numbers after last dot. For this website, it is 346651172052644

 

Configuring Godaddy Email Account in iPhone

Even though Godaddy has an wonderful article for setting up their email account in iPhone, I have provided here with some additional tips and screenshot. At anytime, you can refer this Godaddy article for your reference.

1.  In your iPhone, Choose Settings. On the Settings screen, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

2. Choose Add Account

3. Select Other option in the below menu

4. Choose Add Account 

5. Specify Name, Email Address, Password and Description to identify your mailbox (you can configure multiple different mailboxes in iPhone)

6. I tried configuring IMAP settings but was not successful for some reason, so choose POP and continue with the following configuration

POP Configuration:-

Host Name              pop.secureserver.net
User Name              <Enter your full email address>
Password                 <Enter your email account password>

Host Name            smtpout.secureserver.net
User Name           <Enter your full email address>
Password              <Enter your email account password>

7. After making above configuration, Save the settings. If you are not successful, you need to switch off SSL.

Note: I had configured 2 godaddy accounts in my iPhone – one account was successful with SSL while other account thrown below error. As specified in this Godaddy article for Email Troubleshooting for iPhone,  I switched off SSL for later account and was able to authenticate to Godaddy server.

so if you get an error similar to below (pop.secureserver.net is not responding) then switching of SSL would solve your issue.

How I Fight Against WordPress SPAM

Even though this topic may not be new to many WordPress admins, I am putting here to help whoever wants to identify type of SPAM in their WordPress blog and how to control it.

Had reported early in my post (Disabling WordPress Commenting still allows SPAMMERS to Comment) about lots of spam issue in our blog and I even disabled ‘Comments’ option but it has not really helped me to control even 1% of SPAM.

I was so curious to see what was really SPAMMING.

  1. Identified the Public IP of a SPAM post (you can easily find this on all SPAM posts)
  2. From kStats, I did a search for that Public IP and you can see below image that specific SPAM is actually TRACKBACK (trackback is to identify if someone is linking to our article)
  3. I continued doing this search for random SPAM posts and finally found that all those SPAM posts are actually TRACKBACK 


Then I found an article – Disable Trackbacks and followed their instruction to disable trackback. So as of now I am free from SPAM and put back ‘Comment’ for this blog. You can freely Comment now.

Disabling WordPress Commenting still allows SPAMMERS to Comment

All of a sudden, we are facing lots of Spams in this blog; somehow SPAMMERS have found a way to bypass our CAPTCHA. I tried even upto extreme way of disabling ‘Comments’ option in this blog (I followed How to disable comments in WordPress), but still no luck,I am cleaning up Spams every day. I am not sure how SPAMMERS are able to comment even while ‘Comment’ option is totally blocked in this blog. 

What I did actually to disable WordPress Comments:

  • Disabled WordPress Comments by default

  • Disabled comments for all posts

  • Disabled XML-RPC in Remote Publishing found under Writing < Settings