WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Using the Akismet Plugin to Filter Spam from Comments

This document walks you through what Akismet is, how to request it, and how to use it on your WiscWeb site.

Activation

This plugin is not activated in WiscWeb projects by default. To request this plugin for your site, simply fill out the Customer Support Form (choosing the “Plugin Activation Request” option).

Usage

Akismet, by Automattic, is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for filtering spam comments added to posts on your site. It will allow you to choose how you want spam to be handled so that it never makes its way to your inbox and doesn't get posted on your webpages. 

Using Akismet Settings

Once the plugin has been installed on your project (by the WiscWeb team), follow these steps to review and update your Akismet settings:
  1. In your project Dashboard, hover over Settings and choose Akismet Anti-Spam

    Akismet Settings Link

  2. The options available will appear in the settings box

    Akismet Settings Box

  3. Update your settings based on your needs and then click the blue Save Changes button

Troubleshooting

  • If you are still receiving spam messages after installing this plugin on your site, you may need to make your settings more strict. Navigate to the Akismet settings to review and update your permissions for the tool.