Are you sick of getting spam from your contact forms?
You’re certainly not alone. Spam is something every website has to deal with at some point, and it can be a real pain to get it under control.
But spam isn’t just an inconvenience or annoyance. Did you know it can also affect the health of your website? 😮
When spammers clog up your servers, your website performance and speed can drop dramatically. And Google doesn’t like slow sites. That’s right, form spam can actually hurt SEO.
Lower rankings mean less reach, less traffic to your website, and, of course, fewer sales and conversions 📉.
If you’ve been ignoring your WordPress website's spam issues for a while now, it’s time to grab the bull by the horns! The sooner you add anti-spam, the sooner you’ll see positive effects. And the payoff can be way bigger than you imagine 💸.
What does WordPress spam protection do?
⚡ Reduces strain on your servers and speeds up your website
⏱️ Saves you tons of time — less junk mail to weed through
📈 Improves your conversion rates and boosts business
How can Formidable Forms help?
Formidable Forms makes blocking spam submissions easy. Use our drag and drop form builder to add a CAPTCHA field to your form for instant WordPress spam protection.
Both our free plugin and our premium WordPress form builder come with powerful spam blockers right out of the box. All your online forms automatically include invisible spam protection. And it only takes a couple of clicks to add even more layers of security to your forms.
The short answer is yes. But there is an obvious drawback to using reCAPTCHA on your web forms — the matching games and puzzles can be a pain! 😖 —, but Formidable Forms lets you add invisible reCAPTCHA to your forms. That means users won’t have to do anything to submit a form and you’ll still benefit from fantastic WordPress spam protection.
The difference between reCAPTCHA and Honeypot spam protection for is that reCAPTCHA asks users to complete a puzzle or matching game to prove they're human, while Honeypot uses hidden fields to catch bots without bothering users.
reCAPTCHA is a tool made by Google that gives users challenges in order to submit a form. 🧩 Bots won’t be able to complete these tasks, so they won’t be able to submit the form.
Honeypot, on the other hand, is sneakier. It adds a hidden field to online forms that only bots can see. If this invisible field is filled out, it's probably a bot, and the submission gets rejected. 🗑️ This kind of invisible spam protection is really nice because it doesn't bug users at all. In fact, they won’t even know it’s there!
Akismet detects and prevents spam by comparing words, email addresses, and IP addresses with a constantly updated list.
Basically, it instantly runs hundreds of tests on each form entry to determine whether or not to allow each form submission.
Akismet is used by millions of WordPress sites to block spam comments and form entries. According to their website, they block a whopping 7.5 million spam submissions per hour! 🤯
Akismet protection can be enabled by simply installing and activating the Akismet plugin on your website (a lot of the time, Akismet will be installed automatically when you install WordPress), and by turning it on in your Formidable form settings.
When you submit the form, the token goes along with it. Your site will check whether the token matches the correct one. If it matches, a form submission is accepted. If it doesn't match, the website thinks it might be spam and rejects the submission.