Solved: Block spam in WordPress for free without coding

Hello!

In this post we will show you how you can manage the spam comments on your website without tweaking the code.

All of us who manage a website or blog knows what a menace are spam comments. These spam can easily ruin the experience of your visitors and may also degrade your ranking in search engines.

So, it’s always a good idea to manage spam on your website. Many plugins are available both paid and free which can do the spam management for your.

Next option is that you tweak the code to avoid spams. But, this can be tricky for many people who are not very tech savvy.

Here first we will give you a no plugin no coding option to manage the spam.

WordPress gives you a feature which you can use to manage the spams. We are also using the same for our website.

Let’s see how you can manage the spam without coding or installing a plugin.

  • Login to the Admin dashboard of your WordPress site.
  • Once inside the Dashboard . Go to Settings > Discussion

  • In the “Discussion Settings” page scroll down to section “Before a comment appears”. Refer image below.

  • For our website we have checked on  “Comments must be manually approved”. But you can leave it unchecked if you are getting lot of permissible comments.
  • Next section is “Comment Moderation”.  If you don’t want to manually approve each comment you can put keywords here. If a comment contains any of the keywords mentioned here it will be withheld for moderation.
  • Next section is “Comment Blacklist”. In this section you can put keywords which you are sure that they are not related to your site contents. They will be automatically sent to “Trash”.

Note:- If you want to see the keywords we use for blacklist checkout the bonus section below.

Using Captcha:-

Another great option to restrict spam is to enable a captcha plugin which will help in identifying if it’s a bot or human which is trying to put a comment. We have seen a drastic drop in spam after installing captcha plugin . Basically it detects the actions of the users and based on that make a decision to allow or deny a user login. Since many of these plugins are using google’s recaptcha technology in background so they are quite efficient in distinguishing bots from humans. You can select the plugin which suits you from this wordpress captcha plugin page. Just follow the instructions of plugin installation and do the settings as per your requirement. We are using “Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft” and it’s very easy to manage.

Bonus:- 

Below is the list of keywords we use to blacklist.  There is no one size that fits all so, you are free to modify the list as per your requirement. This simple strategy will help you filter majority of the spams coming to your site. You can keep on updating the list as the spammers get innovative with keywords 🙂

It’s good idea to not delete the comments blindly and once in a while check in “Trash” that no legitimate comment went there.

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Solve: How to add an EBS volume to a Windows EC2 instance and configure it

This post is divided in two sections. In the first section you will see how to create an EBS volume and in the next section we will show you how to configure the EBS volume in windows instance.

Create EBS Volume

  • Go to AWS Console > EC2
  • In the left panel select “Volumes” .
  • Once in the “Volume” screen select “Create Volume”

  • In the “Create Volume” window specify the size of disk and the Availability Zone  in which you want the disk to be created.

Tip:- The disk should be in same AZ as your EC2 instance.

  • Now in the left pane again select the “Volume” to see all your volumes.
  • Select the volume you just created and after that in the upper menu click on “Actions” and select “Attach volume”

  • In “Attach volume” window select the instance to which you want to attach the volume and click on “Attach”.

Configure EBS volume in Windows

  • Login to your windows EC2 instance using RDP. Once inside the instance, from the Start menu go to  “Computer Management” as mentioned below.

Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management

  • Click on Disk Management on the left pane.
  • Here we can see the new disk but it’s still offline. Right click on the new disk and select “Online”.

  • Once the disk is online right click again on the disk and select “Initialize Disk”.

  • If disk is below 2TB, select MBR and click OK

  • Finally right click on the pane where size is shown(refer image below). Select “New Simple Volume”

  • Leave other options as default and click “Next” till you come to “Assign Drive Letter or Path”.  Here we have assigned the drive letter E .

  • Leave everything else as default in next windows and click on finish.

  • Now if we go to “This PC/ My computer” we should see the new disk.

So here we have attached an EBS volume to the Windows EC2 instance. Do let us know in comments section if you have any query.