Growmap Anti Spambot WordPress Plugin Review & How To Guide

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Comment spam is one of the major problems in WordPress, that many website owners have to deal with. There are currently a number of anti-spam plugins available that makes it easier for site owners to stop spam comments.

Akismet is by far the most popular choice, with over 24 million downloads at the time of writing this post. It is developed by the team over at Automattic, and is completely free for personal use. No other plugin comes close to it, in terms of downloads.

For business use, you have to $5 / month. I think the price is fairly reasonable as it will save you a lot of time in long run. I mean, if you don’t use Akismet, you will attract hundreds of thousands of spam comments every day. At WPKube, we get around 3000 spam comments every day, which automatically gets deleted by Akismet after 15 days.

But there are some great alternatives to Akismet. GASP is one such plugin. The plugin is developed by Andy Bailey, who also happens to the guy behind CommentLuv, another useful plugin for site owners.

In this article, I will show you how to stop comment spam on your WordPress site using GASP plugin.

About GASP

GASP plugin

GASP (also known as Growmap anti spambot plugin), uses a simple function that adds a checkbox in the comment form. With over 200,000 downloads, it is pretty clear that GASP is a great alternative for site owners. I don’t use GASP on this blog, but I know a lot of bloggers who do.

The plugin has been downloaded over 200,000 times and has an amazing 4.6 rating on WordPress.org. The plugin is designed to do one thing, and that is — blocking automated spam comments.

Although, this is great plugin for stopping automated comments, the plugin fails on stopping human spammers and trackbacks/pingbacks. It does lets you set the maximum amount of comments a user can have in the moderation queue to protect your site from human spammers.

Installing and Configuring GASP

GASP is a free plugin and available for download on WordPress.org. First thing you need to do is install and activate Growmap anti-spam plugin. After you have activated the plugin, you will see a new item under Settings » G.A.S.P, which is where you will configure the plugin settings. The options page has two sections – Basic and Heuristics (optional).

Basic settings

The basic settings page allows you to change the checkbox text and disable trackbacks. You can also change the text that will be shown to users if they forget to tick the checkbox.

Growmap anti spam

Heuristics

As you scroll down, to the bottom of the page, you will see Heuristics settings — this is where you create more advanced spam detection settings. I have not completed any fields in the advanced section. The page is used to exclude commentators if they have less than a specific number of comments in the moderation queue, set maximum number of links allowed in comment text, set maximum number of words allowed in name field, and where to send the suspicious comments – you can set it to either spam or pending.

Growmap anti spam heuristics options page

Overall, this is a great plugin for handling spam comments in WordPress. Much easier than using captcha or a third party commenting system like Disqus or Livefyre.

We hope this article helps you solve your comment spam problem in WordPress. If you have any questions or thoughts please let us know in the comments below.

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About the Author: Devesh Sharma is a WordPress fanatic and loves experimenting with WordPress themes & plugins.Get more from Devesh on  and Twitter.
51 comments… add one
  1. Kimberly Castleberry says

    Hey guys and thanks for the shoutout. I’m totally enjoying that plugin and am very happy with the results its producing. I hope everyone checks it out. Andy’s got mad coding skills and his stuff is always superb and this is no exception.
    Kim

  2. Jared Holland says

    I’ve seen this feature used on other blogs and never knew what the plugin was actually called. Thanks for writing about this. I look forward to reading future posts from you.

  3. Oliver Tausend says

    Hi Devesh.

    I can confirm that this is really a powerful plugin. It’s very helpful for both my readers and myself.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care

    Oliver

  4. Mir Imran Elahi says

    I’ll install this plugin on my blog.If it will helpful for me,i’ll write about this plugin on my blog.I’m going to install it…………

  5. Jagan Mangat says

    This is really a nice plugin,i am making use of his plugin on my blog and its working fine.It separates spam comments from normal comments.But you are not using it yet!

    • Devesh says

      Jagan,

      Yeah, it is one of the awesome plugin to stop spam.

      The reason we haven’t started using it for WP Kube.. is we’re not getting much spam comments.

      Thanks for the comment jagan.

  6. Curt Hess says

    Superb share. Will use on my (too many) blogs/webs.

    Now that we’ve witnessed ANOTHER great find, would you be willing to share your own list of “Must Have Plugins” for all “somewhat typical” WordPress sites? If that’s too general, which minimum set of plugins are recommended? (I got to this site as a result of ProBlogger’s mention of WPKube in it’s LoadFaster article.) Thanks!

    • Devesh says

      That’s great to hear Curt.

      Would love to write a post on “Must Have plugins”.

      Thanks for the suggestion and nice comment curt. Much Appreciated.

  7. NovaMagNet says

    ‘Many of you’re thinking why we haven’t started using it on our blog. The Simple reason is we’re not getting much spam on WP Kube!!’ – lucky you, wish you to stay on the same spam in future.
    Great plugin, worth try. Thanks.

  8. Peter J says

    This is certainly one of the best plugins, i only just installed it today because my blog started averaging around 300+ spam comments a day (It’s horrible :'( ). Now i get 0 spam comments; it’s an awesome plugin :)

    • Devesh says

      Yeah, GASP is one of the best anti spam plugin.

      That’s great to hear peter. zero comments. ;)

      Thanks for the nice comment dude.

  9. Stacy says

    I have been using this plugin for a while now and I’m very happy with it. I’ve used a couple others, including askimet and this one is the best by far!

  10. logo samples says

    i think i should try this plugin, because ‘math comment spam’ plugin that i used can not fight spam anymore

  11. Eugene says

    I came across this plug-in recently too. Currently I use CAPTCHA but I can see how that can be a pain in the ass for some readers. The check-box is definitely an easier way to go. I will be switching to this plug-in for sure.

  12. Kashish | Computer Tricks says

    This is an awesome plugin. Am soon going to replace it with that captcha plugin.. You said it right, its a lot more easier to click a checkbox than filling a word.

  13. Raj @ Blogging Tips & Tricks says

    This one seems to really promising, it would be better if they gave an option to subscribe in the same plugin, will check out if I can find any such plugins..

  14. Sven @ Flyttfirma Stockholm says

    Is this plugin still working? Haven’t spammer find this out and added there spam bots to also check radiobuttons?

  15. b0bbly says

    Great plugin. Spam’s always been a bit of an issue, even with Akismet you sometimes have to sift through thousands of spam comments to make sure one hasn’t accidentally been inappropriately marked. Thanks!

    • b0bbly says

      Just a followup: After installing this plugin, my akismet spam box has dropped from around 80 a day to 3 in 2 days. Impressive does not even come close to describing this addon.

  16. john@ us online casinos says

    All of bloggers need this plugin. It really saves lots of time. It does the same work as captchas but easier than it, for the reader. I diefinetely recommend it to all bloggers.

  17. Selena Gomez says

    I am impressed with this article, so informative to learn a lot and share with my close friends and colleagues

  18. Yee Mei says

    After reading this article, I’ve looked into GASP. It seems incredibly effective. What I really need is a similar plugin for the bbpress plugin. That forum software seems incredibly vulnerable to spam bots

  19. Jhonty@online business says

    I am using akismet which is directing all my comments to spam folder. While finding solution, I find GASP and wp-recaptcha, Kindly tell me which one is better, if you can.

  20. Haty says

    I installed the GASP plug-in and immediately, got 14+ comments, good comments, through successfully! This plug-in WORKS!

  21. Jordan J. Caron says

    Finally I have found the name of this plugin. My blog has been plastered with spamboat comments since I added the commneluv keywordluv option.

    Thanks so much for this!

  22. Paul B. Taubman, II says

    This is a great plugin and I recommend it all the time. It is very unobtrusive to a human and only requires a checkbox be checked!

    I like that you can configure and customize the messages that get sent out.

    Thanks.
    Paul.

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