I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
WordPress comment spam can be really annoying and difficult to stop.
Or is it?
What if I told you that you can dramatically decrease and stop comment spam by adding one plugin?
In today’s post, I am going to show you how you can stop WordPress comment spam with the WPBruiser WordPress plugin by Mihai Chelaru. Not only does WPBruiser stop comment spam, it has additional benefits that will make it a must-have plugin in your WordPress security arsenal.
The WordPress Comment Spam Problem
Comment spam on WordPress posts has been not only an annoying problem, but it time consuming, too. Spambots that are specifically designed to post spam on online forms, many with unsolicited advertisements, are a real threat.
Website owners have been forced to pull out the battle gear with Captchas, math quizzes, picture quizzes, or alternative commenting plugins.
That’s not all…
The problem with traditional methods of combating comment spam is that it forces visitors – the good guys – to fill out one more thing or, to sign up for a commenting system in order to comment.
By forcing visitors to take these additional steps, we may be keeping such a tight ship that we are hindering great comments from being posted while we battle the bad guys.
How I Discovered WPBruiser
Over the years, I have been consistently using the WordPress plugin, Akismet. At the minimum cost of $5.00 per month for businesses, non-profits, schools, and power users, I started looking for an alternative comment spam solution over the past year when obvious spam began to sneak through the filters.
I did a great deal of research and testing on various plugins including the Growmap Anti Spambot plugin, the Antispam Bee plugin, and more.
Then, I read the reviews…
I came across WPBruiser in the WordPress Repository and was intrigued by the rave reviews. I installed and set it on one of my websites to test it out and haven’t looked back. It has completely stopped all comment spam.
What is WPBruiser?
Previously GoodBye Captcha, WPBruiser is an anti-spam and security plugin developed by Mihai Chelaru. It uses algorithms to identify and stop spambots without the use of frustrating Captchas.
WPBruiser not only eliminates comment spam, it stops spam on signup, login, and password reset pages – and annihilate brute force attacks.
The plugin’s extensions, available for a nominal fee, integrate with popular form plugins including:
- Contact Form 7
- Gravity Forms
- Ninja Forms
- Formidable Forms
- Fast Secure Contact Form
Now that I’ve introduced some of the amazing features of WPBruiser, let’s take a quick look under the hood.
1. General Settings Tab
After installation, WPBruiser offers a number of different settings from the general settings to reports.
2. Security Tab
WP Bruiser Brute Force Settings
On the security settings page, you will have options to enable different options to fight brute force attacks. The next section gives you the ability to white list IP addresses to be sure they don’t get locked out. Finally, you can add IP addresses to the plugin’s blacklist list (not shown).
3. WordPress Tab
Under the WordPress tab, you are given the options to enable protection for WordPress standard forms Settings as shown below.
The WordPress tab page also provides you with the ability to enhance security from hiding the WordPress version to hiding comments from notes fields.
4. Contact Forms Tab
The Contact Forms tab offers you the ability to enable protection for popular contact forms. If you have purchased a contact form extension and have it installed, it will be listed here.
5. Membership Tab
The Membership tab provides options to protect membership plugins settings.
6. Others Tab
The Others tab offers options to provide protection for subscription plugins from WordPress to other popular plugins as indicated below.
7. Notification Setting Tab
This tab offers the ability to receive notifications when brute force attacks are detected.
8. Extensions Tab
The Extensions tab shows the different extensions available for purchase from Contact Form 7 to BuddyPress.
9. Licenses Tab
The License tab is where you input the license to any extensions that you have purchased.
10. Reports Tab
The Reports section shows you how effectively WP Bruiser is working for you with blocked WordPress, forms, and brute force attempts.
Reports Screenshot 2
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Since installing WPBruiser, I have reached out to the author, Mihai Chelaru, with a few questions. His prompt responses and attention to detail have been outstanding.
When I asked Mihai about a contact form that was not included on the list of extensions, he replied in under 24 hours with the extension – specifically created because I asked about it.
The Case of the Bombarding Comment Spambots
Now that you’ve had a preview of WPBruiser, I would like to share the case of the comment spambots that took place last month.
I received a “Help” email from one of my friends. The WordPress driven website that she manages was being bombarded with comment spam.
There were over 300 spam comments and notification emails sent to the site owner within one hour.
Apparently, this website had been targeted by comment spambots. The current form antispam plugin in place couldn’t stand up to the assault.
I quickly installed WPBruiser and configured the settings. The comment spam stopped immediately.
Comment spam is the thorn in many a WordPress website owner’s side. Not only does comment spam take up resources, it wastes valuable time. Having an effective way to stop the spam assaults is essential.
If you are having a problem with comment spam, you may like to consider trying WPBruiser. I would love to hear your thoughts about it after you have had the chance to give it a test drive.
To learn more about WPBruiser, please visit the WordPress Repository where it is available for free.
Extensions are available for nominal fees at www.wpbruiser.com/extensions/.
About WPBruiser’s Author, Mihai Chelaru
Have you ever wondered about the authors behind WordPress plugins?
Since 2006, when he moved to United States, he has worked for well-known companies like Yahoo!, Sony, and Disney. Currently he’s with NBC as a Senior Software Engineer.
With a portfolio of over 50 web sites, most of them created using WordPress, Mihai, like all of us, was facing the most common WordPress’ issue: comment and registration spam.
In 2010, he created the first version of this plugin and successfully used on all of his projects. Encouraged by friends and coworkers he publicly released it almost a year ago.
I am not being nor is R & R Web Design LLC compensated in any way for this review of the WPBruiser WordPress plugin.