One of the nice features about blogging on the WordPress platform is the ability to test and use various plugins. I’d like to alert you to a must-have WordPress plugin called GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P.) that I think will become the new industry standard to replace Akismet.
I’ve followed Gail from GrowMap for quite some time and have met her through various forums, including one that was run by Murray Newlands.
Whatever Gail says goes, in my humble opinion as she’s an authoritative expert blogger on internet and web topics including keyword linking, internet marketing and social media research. As a regular reader, I’ve learned that Gail has some definite opinions on Akismet, and thus took to collaborating and developing a more user-friendly and effective anti-spam plugin.
From the GrowMap website:
This plugin plus a trackback blocker and the blacklist function built into WordPress provides a complete anti-spam solution
The plugin blocks BOTS not human spammers.
The plugin is easy to install – download a zip file and upload through your dashboard. There are settings that you can edit should you choose. I’ve upgraded my blog to the latest WordPress version, and am running my theme on the Studiopress Lifestyle theme and Genesis framework. I haven’t had any plugin conflicts. Since I’ve installed it, spam has essentially been non-existent. It’s nice to open up my dashboard and not have to manually delete comments with hundreds of links.
When you leave a comment on a blog that has the GASP plugin installed, a person has to mark a little check box to prove that they are in fact, human. This is much easier than many of the blogs that have a Captcha installed – where you have to read a series of letters or numbers and insert them before your comment is approved. Many Blogger Blogspot blogs have the Captcha installed when using a comment moderation system such as Discus or Intense Debate. Another good reason to The G.A.S.P. plugin was developed along with Andy, who’s best known for CommentLuv, and also Phil Hollows, of Feedblitz.
Check out the G.A.S.P. Anti-Spambot WordPress Plugin
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