4. Replacing Default Comments

No doubt there are many plugins available that I’ve not encountered. In this post is a workaround I’ve come up with to avoid spam comments. Works fine!

Spam Comments

After a test post of this web log had been published about a day, spam comments began to appear. They complimented my “Hello, World” page, which is a default page and says nothing significant. They raved about it. First, my response was to mark them as spam in the moderation panel.

Tiring of that, my second response was to activate the plugin that was already installed with this WordPress installation: Akismet Anti-Spam. However, when I went to activate it (that link being found where the plugin is activated), I was asked to name my price, something I’m not opposed to but didn’t want to employ.

To be fair to Akismet, which I didn’t look into closely, it is described thus in Wikipedia: “Akismet is a spam filtering service that filters spam from comments, trackbacks, and contact form messages. . . . Akismet is offered by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.”

According to the Wikipedia article, “The Akismet service is free for personal use and, as of March 2016, commercial plans start at $5/month.” Not knowing the criteria for a commercial site, I found a different solution.

Replacing WP Comments

I installed a plugin that allows Disqus comments (in part because I’m already using Disqus on several other sites). Actually, the “Heateor” plugin allows comments via Disqus, Facebook, Google+, and WordPress. If my site included a registration link, that would allow me to restrict WordPress comments to only registered WordPress.com users. (However, on a different site, where registration is required, I find most of the WordPress comments are still spam.) Since on this site I have not provided a registration link, I am allowing only the first three (Disqus, Facebook, Google+).

As soon as Google+ is shut down, I’ll be allowing only Diqus and Facebook.

So far, this plugin serves me well.

Getting the Disqus piece working requires a few additional steps. One must register the WordPress site in one’s Disqus account (on their site). This creates a “shortname,” that distinguishes comments for this site from all other comments. Then the shortname must be pasted into the WordPress Plugin.

So, this slightly more rigorous comment section in my pages is complete. Now, send me a comment!

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