Using the Contact Form 7 plugin? Getting a lot of spam? There's a simple solution for that, and you don't even have to swap contact form plugins.

Is there a way to minimize spam being sent through your contact form? If you’re using the Contact Form 7 plugin, there sure is. Two ways, in fact — neither of which involve captchas — and they only take a few minutes to implement.

Akismet to the Spam-Fighting Rescue

Akismet is a spam-fighting plugin you most likely know about and have installed already, since it comes bundled with WordPress. But what most people don’t know is you can add a snippet or two of code that checks the sender of an email’s name and email address against the Akismet database, to weed out false submissions.

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Speaking of Databases…

Ever heard of Project Honeypot? It’s a database of spam-sending sites, emails, IP’s, and more that website owners have been contributing to for years. And thanks to a plugin called Contact Form 7 Honeypot, you can test the sender of a contact form submission through PH’s database as well.

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These two plugins, when used together, have cut down the amount of contact form spam that I (and a number of clients like you) have received from sometimes 100 a day down to one, or even zero. Pretty cool, huh?

So, enjoy – and if you need help getting these plugins installed and configured into your Contact Form 7 forms, just let me know, and I’d be happy to help.

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