Akismet or Antispam Bee to stop Spam for WordPress


Spam is a big problem for web blogs. In the WordPress world, one of the most popular plugins, Akismet seems to have addressed this problem to an extent.

Although it’s easy to take Akismet for granted, that might not always be the case. Over the past week, I have been struggling to deal with the increased spam comments on this blog and this has made me question the effectiveness of Akismet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Akismet and use it for all of my WordPress powered blogs and websites. Akismet is in fact, one of the first plugins that I make sure is installed and activated for each new installation of WordPress.

But as Akismet couldn’t help me filter spam for this blog, I was bound to look for effective alternative solutions for dealing with WordPress comment spam.

First a bit of background on what went wrong with Akismet..

Akismet Fail

A post that I published last week about .blog domains from WordPress.com invited so much spam that I had to delete almost 100 comments every hour.

I had never experienced anything like this with Akismet activated on a website. I quickly deleted and re-installed Akismet to make sure it was working properly on the website.

As you can see in the image below, almost 118 spam comments have made it past Akismet in past few hours.

Spam Comments in WordPress Akismet

Akismet, however, hadn’t completely stopped working. As you can see in the spam chart below, it has filtered a high number of spam for this month – most of which were added only in past few days.

Akismet Spam Summary Graph

The interesting thing is that all these spam comments were for the same blog post – if that helps you dig any further in this issue.

Alternative Anti-Spam Solution – Antispam Bee

As I started to look for alternatives for Akismet, I found that Antispam Bee was frequently recommended around forums and blog posts around the community.

The plugin is also popular on the WordPress plugin repository and has been actively installed on 200,000+ websites.

The best thing about the plugin is the quality of reviews that it has received from its users. The plugin also has more than 100 five star reviews.

Taking all this goodwill of the plugin in consideration, I decided to give Antispam Bee a try.

And the results were phenomenal!

Installing and Activating Antispam Bee

I was utterly surprised by the configuration efforts it takes to get Antispam Bee working for the blog. Just activate it and you are done.

No registration, no licence codes required.

Here’re the detailed instructions for installing and activating Antispam Bee.

  • Head over to Plugins > Add New from your WordPress admin dashboard.
  • Search for plugin “Antispam Bee
  • Click on “Install Now” to install the plugin and activate it.

Install Antispam Bee Plugin

  • Once activated, it should start working immediately.
  • If you want to see more options, go to Settings > Antispam Bee.

Antispam Bee Plugin Settings

You can choose from several settings including:

  • Trust approved commenters.
  • Trust commenters with a Gravatar.
  • Consider the comment time.
  • Treat BBCode as spam.
  • Validate the IP address of commenters.
  • Use regular expressions.
  • Search local spam database for commenters previously marked as spammers.
  • Match against a public anti-spam database.
  • Notify admins by e-mail about incoming spam.
  • Delete existing spam after n days.
  • Limit approval to comments/pings (will delete other comment types).
  • Select spam indicators to send comments to deletion directly.
  • Optionally exclude trackbacks and pingbacks from spam detection.
  • Optionally spam-check comment forms on archive pages.
  • Display spam statistics on the dashboard

Final Thoughts on Antispam Bee

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that if you don’t look, you don’t find!

As Akismet comes bundled with WordPress, users hardly search for other spam preventing solutions. And if it works, that’s a good thing but don’t be afraid to explore alternative solutions even for the popular plugins that you take for granted.

Akismet worked perfectly until now, so, there was hardly any need to look for other spam solutions.

But I hope you know where to look for if Akismet fails to do its job!

P.S. I am so impressed with Antispam Bee that I thought of spreading the word by writing this post.

Do you use Antispam Bee? I would love to hear if you have any similar experiences related to Akismet or Antispam Bee.

Pradeep Singh

Pradeep Singh

Pradeep Singh is the founder and your host here at WPism. He is an entrepreneur and blogger living his startup life based in London and Cambridge. Follow him on Twitter or like his page on Facebook.
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6 Responses

  1. Hi Pradeep,

    Did you find the spam comments dried up immediately? I installed antispam bee a few days ago but am still getting a lot of spam comments. I installed a captcha field for comments, too, but they’re still getting through. Odd.

    1. Hi Richard,

      Yes, the spam comments dried up immediately after installing Antispam Bee. I think it should have controlled one of the filters that Akismet was letting off.

      I am not sure if it helps, but do you have both the plugins activated? I had both plugins activated on mine and that’s how it worked perfectly but I am not really sure if using multiple plugins made the difference.

  2. Hi Pradeep,

    I use Antispam Bee since years on different site. Sadly I have exactly the same problem you describe with Akismet since a few weeks. Akismet is no alternative for me, as it do not fulfil data privacy issues in the amount I need here in Austria.

  3. Hey,
    I used Antispam Bee since years and was very satisfied. I can’t remember, why I’ve choosen it instead of Akismet.
    But in the past weeks, I had the same problem. A lot of spam with (maybe) russian content flooded my blog. That’s why I have activated the option to check every comment before publishing it.

  4. Antispam Bee is amazing. Better than Akismet because it stops spam from ever appearing in your comments list. With Akismet, I had to delete dozens of spam comments. With Antispam Bee, I receive only legitimate comments and no spam comments ever went through. Great plugin!

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