The Bad Behavior plugin has done a good job of blocking spam for a long time now, but I’ve just discovered its failing.
Stopping WordPress Comment Spam
The Hello World post on this blog has been getting slammed with comment spam.
The Akismet plugin (which comes with WordPress) has been doing a good job of marking it all spam, but it still is a ton of stuff to delete (unless I just delete everything in the spam folder and presume it was spam).
I wanted to find some way to stop the spam before it even got into the system.
Major overhaul – Upgrading WordPress & Deleting Spam
I finally did an upgrade of WordPress on this blog (how to upgrade a WordPress installation) and took care of some administration issues that I’ve been avoiding learning.Wordpress has changed a lot since back when I first started this blog — much more powerful. I think that it will be easy enough to handle upgrades and such too (one of the reasons I avoided working with it for so long).
I turned on Akismet – but there were already over 8,000 spam comments pending. Luckily, I found this post and was able to figure out how to log into my host’s database manager to delete them.