One of the reasons WordPress became my favorite CMS nearly 10 years ago was Akismet. Back then Akismet eliminated spam like no other plugin. But times have changed:
10 minutes after deleting 2300 spam comments and 156 pending comments on my thePhotoFinishes.com website, Akismet had let in 90 new pending comments of which only 2 could be approved. Akismet does not seem to be up to its job against the spambots that have reasonable looking comments and only 1 or 2 links. These comments easily slip through and can total 1000’s in less than a week. So for the past 3 months I have been looking for alternatives.
WordPress Zero Spam
At WordCamp Toronto a discussion about spam included reference to WordPress Zero Spam as being a plugin that delivered on its name. So in December I installed Zero Spam on this site. Here are the results:
Literally zero spam and the usual trickle of occasional praise getting through. And its obvious that Zero Spam is doing a lot work if you look at its logs:
Note the shift in the attack mode. Hackers are dropping Spam and moving to breaking into the website through false registrations. So I am taking more defensive measures but the first line of defense is now Zero Spam replacing Akismet on all my websites. So it is RIP Akismet for this WP developer.