A few times over the years, I’ve helped a few people out of user registration spam issues. There are existing WordPress plugins for handling this, but most folks wanted something simple that they didn’t have to deal with. I’ve also had the need for being able to block spambots from registering on some of the sites that I personally manage.
What I’ve always done to combat this is use a simple honeypot system. Basically, a hidden form field is added to the user registration page that spambots enter text into. We catch them and cut off their registration if they’ve entered text into this hidden field. Regular users don’t see this field, so they won’t enter text into it. It’s an overly simple method for catching one type of spam, but it’s useful and handles a good 99% of all spam registration issues I’ve seen.
I was looking around for similar solutions in the WordPress repository the other day and couldn’t find a plugin that done the same, at least not without extra plugin settings and other unneeded stuff. So, I packaged up the code and am now releasing it.
About the plugin
This plugin was developed for people who have open user registration on their WordPress install. If you have closed registration, you don’t need this. I also created the plugin specifically for combating a single type of spam where spambots come in and fill out form fields willy-nilly (many do).
Like many of my other plugins, I kept this one simple. There’s no settings page or any other type of thing you need to configure. It’s completely plug-n-play, so all you need to do is install, activate, and forget about user registration spam.
I wish there was a bit more I could say to make this plugin sound more exciting, but there’s not really anything more to it. It’s just a simple solution to a problem I thought I’d share.
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