How to Configure the WP-SpamShield General Settings

Posted OnJun 10, 2015     CategoryPlugins     Comments2 comments

In this section of the guide to the WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam plugin, we will show you how to configure the comment logging, blacklisting, whitelisting, and more.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard, navigate to Settings -> WP-SpamShield to be taken to the WP-SpamShield Settings page.

Step 3) Scroll down to the General Settings area.

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General Settings

Step 4) Complete the fields as outlined below:

A. Blocked Comment Logging Mode Place a checkmark in this checkbox to see what spam has been blocked. This option is a Temporary Diagnostic Mode that logs blocked comment submissions for 7 days, then automatically turns off.

This option is useful if you want to see what spam has been blocked on your site.

The Log file is cleared out each time this option is enabled. Right-mouse click on the Download Comment Log File link to download the Log File.

For this example, this field was checked.

B. Log All Comments Place a checkmark in this checkbox to enable this option.

This option requires that Blocked Comment Logging Mode be enabled. Instead of only logging blocked comments, this will allow the Log File to capture all comments while logging mode is turned on.

For this example, this field was checked.

C. Enhanced Comment Blacklist Place a checkmark in this checkbox to enable this option.

This option enhances WordPress’s Comment Blacklist – instead of just sending comments to moderation, they will be completely blocked. This option also adds a link in the comment notification emails that will let you blacklist their IP Address.

This option also adds one-click blacklisting to both the Comments and Contact Forms. The Contact Form Emails will now contain a link you can click to blacklist a Contact Form or an IP Address.

Enabling this option is useful if you are receiving repetitive human spam or harassing comments.

For this example, this field was checked.

D. Your current WordPress Comment Blacklist When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be completely blocked, not just marked as spam.

Enter one (1) Word or IP Address per line. This is not case-sensitive.

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E. Enable WP-SpamShield Whitelist Place a checkmark in this checkbox to enable this option for Comments and Contact Form submissions.

When a Comment or Contact Form is submitted from an e-mail address on the whitelist, it will by-pass the spam filters and be allowed through.

Enabling this option is useful if you have specific users you want to let bypass the filters.
F. Your current WP-SpamShield Whitelist Enter one (1) email address per line. Each entry must be a valid and complete email address. It is not case-sensitive and will only make exact matches.
G. Disable trackbacks Place a checkmark in this checkbox if you are finding that trackback spam is excessive.

Enabling this option is not recommended.

H. Disable pingbacks Place a checkmark in this checkbox if you are finding that pingback spam is excessive.

Enabling this option is not recommended.

I. Allow users behind proxy servers to comment? Many human spammers hide behind proxies, so you can uncheck this option for extra protection. For highest user compatibility, leave it checked.

For this example, this field was left checked.

J. Hide extra technical data in comment notifications Place a checkmark in this checkbox if you need to submit a spam sample to WP-SpamShield Support. If you dislike seeing the extra info, you can enable this option.

For this example, this field was left unchecked.

K. Disable Registration Spam Shield Placing a checkmark in this checkbox will disable the anti-spam shield for the WordPress registration form only.

While not recommended, this option is available if you need it. Anti-spam will still remain active for comments, pingbacks, trackbacks, and contact forms.
L. Allow Keywords in Comment Author Names Placing a checkmark in this checkbox will allow some keywords to be used in comment author names.

By default, WP-SpamShield blocks many common spam keywords from being used in the comment Name field. This option is useful for sites with users that use pseudonyms, or for sites that simply want to allow business names and keywords to be used in the comment Name field.

This option is not recommended, as it can potentially allow more human spam, but it is available if you choose. Your site will still be protected against all automated comment spam.

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Step 5) Click the Update Settings button to save any changes.

The next step of the guide will focus on Configuring the WP-SpamShield Contact Form Settings.

 


2 comments

Comments

  1. Eddie

    Hello, I have added the SpamShield button at the bottom of the “Contact Us” page at http://tuffplasticmoulders.co.nz/contact-us/

    However, the reading of how much spam has been blocked reads constantly at zero. We are using a Contact Bank form (lite edition).

    Is there something else we need to do to make the zero in the button change to some digit indicating a number of spam blocks.

    Regards
    Eddie Van Gent

    1. Aaron Osteraas

      Hey Eddie,

      There’s nothing I can think of that you can do to trigger a change there, except waiting, as I’m sure it will happen in due course, such is the nature of these things 🙂

      Certainly, if you haven’t already, try sending a pricing request through that form yourself to ensure it is working.

      Otherwise I’d like to suggest that on your contact page, it’s best to remove the email from there and use a contact form, as in the current state I dare suggest it’s leaving you open to more spam.

      Let me know if you need any more help!

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