WordPress Plugin: GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin Review

WordPress Plugin: GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin Review

I have been using the GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin (GASP) plugin for a few weeks now, so I decided to write a review about the plugin. Most blog owners have issues with spam comments on their posts. It is a fact of life when owning a blog – you will eventually start receiving spam comments. While it is annoying to receive the spam, there are many plugins available that can help rid your blog of this nuisance.

I have tried many plugins to reduce, and eliminate the spam I get on Technically Easy, and a few weeks ago I switched to GASP. The process GASP uses to stop spam seems like such a simple concept, but then again, sometimes the simple concepts tend to work the best.

The GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin

Stop Spam

I had recently wrote a post where I outlined the 3 plugins I use to stop spam, where I first learned about the GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin from Ileane at Basic Blog Tips. I am always curious to test out some plugins that people have used and liked, so I decided to try out GASP.

I installed the plugin and then disabled both Akismet and the Conditional Captcha plugin. The fact that I am able to disable two plugins is great, since having too many plugins loaded can slow down a blog.

After testing out the GASP plugin for a few weeks, I can honestly say that it works, and I do mean works. I have had zero, zilch, nada, nothing, not a single spam comment within those few weeks. The best part is that without Akismet running, I haven’t had valid comments moved to my spam folder automatically.

How does GASP work? Let’s take a look.

GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin – The Simple Way to Stop Spam

Andy Bailey from CommentLuv fame is the one who wrote the GrowMap Anti-Spambot plugin. GASP works by requiring those that wish to leave a comment, to check a checkbox before submitting the comment. Just a simple checkbox and no hard-to-read captcha required. If the checkbox isn’t checked, the comment isn’t saved.

Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin - Comment Checkbox

Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin - Comment Checkbox
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There is also another trick to help stop spam. Since many of the spam comments are created by bots, the bots are usually programmed to fill in all the fields on a form with specific information. The GASP plugin creates a hidden field that can’t be seen by normal visitors. A bot, however can see the hidden field. The bot will then fill in the hidden field, which indicates that a bot is writing the comment. Since the field is filled in, the comment is flagged as spam and discarded.

The only downside is that the visitor needs to have Javascript enabled in their browser. Since many websites use Javascript, most visitors tend to have Javascript enabled by default.

I highly recommend you install this plugin. While the GrowMap Anti-Spambot plugin uses such simple ideas to stop spam, it has been very effective at completely preventing spam comments from my blog.

28 Responses to “WordPress Plugin: GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin Review”

  1. GD says:

    But you yourself are not even using the GASP checkbox?

    I can’t seem to get it to move where I want it and am about to give up.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Hi GD, I stopped using GASP at the moment to see how my spam is without an additional plugin. As for getting the checkbox to where you want it, try using Firebug if you are using Firefox and edit the CSS code to try and place it. Then copy that same CSS code into the stylesheets for your theme.

  2. steve says:

    Very interesting how all this works, I am not a blog owner myself but find it fascinating how people develop these programs to be one step ahead of the spammers. How does a spam bot work?

  3. James Dinbar says:

    Have to say great plugin. Worked really well, was using Akismet but made the switch to this and it worked like a charm.

  4. Peter says:

    Since I installed GASP, I have to say my email notifications seem to have gone on vacation. Bot a single spammy message received in these past few months so it clearly speaks for itself. This is a must plugin for anyone with a blog.

  5. Lacy Scruggs says:

    GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin sounds really helpful for the site owners. Well, it’s really important to even stop the simplest form of unethical online attitute

  6. Hm.. This is a very nice info. But I’m wondering which one is better, this, or the Akismet.

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