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Google reCAPTCHA, an alternative to Akismet

A few weeks ago Automattic started sending emails to users that have Akismet and ads on their sites. For a few this makes sense as the money they make from ads is enough to pay for the anti-spam plugin, but for most the cost of Akismet is higher than what they make from ads.

Google reCAPTCHA, a (mostly) free replacement for Akismet

reCAPTCHA is free for commercial sites with low traffic and can be easily included using some of the WordPress plugins available:

  • reCaptcha by BestWebSoft
  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA
  • Advanced Google reCAPTCHA

After installing the plugin the next step is to go to and register the site, with that you get the keys that the plugins ask for after the installation.

For most users that’s it, but you can get an error in which case you might need to install reCAPTCHA manually, which is very easy. If you need help get in touch.

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