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[20 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | 16,529 views]
Essential WordPress plugins for preventing spam comments

Here’s what we at First Arkansas News have learned since opening this little ole site back in April 2010 — getting a lot of traffic is great, but a bunch of spam comments come with it. Here’s another lesson — there are a lot of methods used to control spam, but most of them range from inconvenient to simply awful.
First Arkansas News, of course, is built on the fantastic (and free) standalone WordPress platform. We went with WordPress because it is easy to navigate, is easy to install on a …

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[27 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | 2,123 views]
Captcha enabled and we’re really, really sorry

Captcha is one of the most obnoxious things about the Internet.
Sadly, it’s also necessary at times.
What is Captcha? That awful bit of technology was developed in an attempt to make it impossible for nasty, automated bots to show up and slam comments sections on sites such as First Arkansas News with Spam.
Just about everyone has seen Captcha at work. It’s that obnoxious little application that forces people leaving comments or filling in other forms on sites to interpret a bunch of squiggly, twisted letters and type them. Interpreting a Captcha …