Advice on a Pluggin to stop Spam accounts registering please?
I’m a new BuddyPress user. I’m using WP 3.5.1. I don’t what version of BP I’m using but I guess it will be the most recent. My website is http://www.whichinvestmenttrust.com
Before installing BuddyPress I used Akismet to block Spam accounts registering to comment on my WP site and this worked pretty well. I had hoped that this would work with BuddyPress too but I notice that since I’ve installed BP I have a lot of new members registering whom I am pretty sure are Spammers. I haven’t activated their accounts as a result. In fact I’ve hardly activated anyone’s for fear of allowing spammers in.
Either Akismet doesn’t work with BP or I haven’t configured it properly?
Does anyone have a suggestion for how I might manager this better? I have found a site recommending S2Member and I found someone else recommending I remove reference to BP on the default footer in WP.
You can change the register page name and slug to sign-up.
You can also try using Private Community For BP:
You will also need to change line 27 in private-community-for-bp.php from /register to /sign-up to reflect the change of the register slug.
If your not using it you can get it here:
Another thing you can try is this small plugin “Spam Killer” which creates a hidden field humans can’t see, spam-bots will see it and fill it out and get a message indicating spammy behavior and it rejects their registration. Get it here:
Please read the readme.txt for complete instructions for usage for both plugins.
Thanks for your help and your reply @bphelp.
I think your suggested solution is perhaps a wee bit too technical for me. Is there a Pluggin that would suffice?
BP Spam killer is not available as a WP Pluggin. I’ve searched WP’s pluggins using many variants of the spelling/arranging of the term BP Spam killer.
I’m not at all clear of the implications of setting my BP community to private are.
I have attempted to learn more about all of your suggested solutions via the links and further Google searches but I haven’t succeeded in finding out enough information to leave me confident of proceeding.
I’m not sure enough of the terminology either. I think Slug might refer to a URL that has delved in to a website but I’m not sure.
Do you know how to go to dashboard/pages/all pages/register? At the top of that page the title says Register just change that to Sign Up. At the top right corner of that same page click screen options and click the box beside of Slug. Now scroll down below the page body and you will see a text field labelled Slug. Change that from register to sign-up and click the blue Update button. Done!
Spam Killer is not in the WP Repo you need to download it from the github link I provided then go to dashboard/plugins/add new, and where it says Install Plugins you will see upload below that. Select upload and browse to where you saved the Spam Killer plugin on your hard drive. Click Install Now then activate it. There is no settings just activate it and forget it. If you search the HTML source after you activate the plugin you will see the hidden field the plugin created just like below:
<div style="display: none;"><input type="text" name="are_you_a_spammer" id="rejected" /></div>
Private Community For BP basically makes all BP related pages private and redirects the user to the page you want. Read the instructions in the readme.txt You will have to follow the same procedure listed for Spam Killer for getting, installing, and activating the plugin.
I have tried to make these instructions as clear as possible. Make sure to read the readme.txt in the plugins because the instructions are for fairly novice users. Let me know if you need more assistance.
you might also want to look into wangguard its not perfect but it will catch most of the spammers and prevent them from registering.
I have installed BP-Spamkiller though I haven’t made the community private. I’m still considering if that might be appropriate for me.
One issue I have is there is a link on my homepage to the ‘Spam-prevention’ page. I don’t think that should be there. Would this still work if I didn’t make that page public or I made it a sub-page of another page?
I have installed WangGuard too which seems to be working nicely.
There is a temporary issue at my host company 1and1 whereby ‘Access denied’ is displayed on my homepage. I mention this just in case you notice it. They assure me it will be resolved soon.
Thanks to you both for taking the time to respond.
Where is the link for the spam prevention page showing up on the home page? Is it in the menu, sidebar, etc.?
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