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CleanTalk: an effective anti-spam system for WordPress

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As you can imagine, spam is a real bane for bloggers like us. On WordPress, there are several solutions to fight against these, yet even for plugins such than Akismet, the protection is not complete.

In my research, I came across a plugin that seems to me to be quite effective and which is called CleanTalk. Here is a list of what it will implement on your blog:

  • Protection comments
  • Protection of registration forms
  • Protection of contact forms
  • Protection trackbacks

This plugin is compatible with other popular extensions such as BuddyPress, bbPress, S2member, WooCommerce et Contact Form 7 among others. CleanTalk is available for free for a 14-day trial version, after which it will be necessary to purchase a free license which costs only $ 8 / year.

So in this tutorial, I will show you how to integrate this service on your WordPress blog in order to permanently protect you (or almost) spam.

How to install CleanTalk

I invite you to install it directly from your dashboard.

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You can also download directly on WordPress.org.

After activating the plugin, you will see a notification on the dashboard asking you to add a key in the plugin settings.

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How to configure CleanTalk

To configure CleanTalk, go to the settings page available at this location " Settings> CleanTalk ».

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Recover a free access key

To retrieve a free access key valid for 14 days, you must click on the link " click here to get access key ».

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A new tab will open on your browser, you will then need to provide an email address, which will serve as your username and the domain name of your WordPress blog. You will later receive your account password at the email address you just registered.

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Clicking on " Create my account ", You will access a new page where you can retrieve the access key to add to" Access key »Located in the plugin settings.

But first, scroll down the page, then click " Go to Control Panel To access the CleanTalk Dashboard.

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By accessing the menu log You will see a spam activity report on your WordPress blog, which will allow you to see how effective the blog is (I will come back to it later with a graphic design).

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Setting Options Spam

In the section " Anti-Spam by Cleantalk ", it is possible :

  • Add the retrieved access key instead in the " AccessKey ».
  • Activate the automatic publication of new comments (not spam) directly on the blog with the option " Publish within comments ". To disable this option, click on "no".
  • Activate a secure SSL connection on comments with the option " Use secure (SSL) connection to cloud CleanTalk »
  • Automatically delete comments with the option " Automatically delete spam comments ". Comments that date from 15 days will be removed.

In the section " Spam settings", It is possible to activate the" Anti-spam On some sections of your blog, including:

  • By activating the functionality on the various registration forms (for the registration form on WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, S2Member and WooCommerce).
  • By activating the comment feature (applies to forms generated by WordPress, jetpack and WooCommerce)
  • By activating the feature in the contact form and custom contact forms

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Remember to save your settings after your changes. Also make sure that immediately "Access Key" a "they key accepted" notification is available, which will mean that now your blog is protected.

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You can try to simulate a spam attack in the comments.

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In the CleanTalk dashboard, specifically at the location " log "(reports), you will see a history of blocked spam.

That's it for this tutorial on protecting your WordPress blog from spam. Feel free to share it if you liked it.

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