As many users are upgrading to the newest version of WordPress, their comment spam fighting guard is down as WordPress Plugins must be deactivated during the upgrade, and sometimes a few glitches in the system makes the process of getting back up and running a little longer than you planned. If you think disabling all Plugins is dumb, check out WordPress Upgrade Almost Broke My Blog from Blogopreneur.
Once your blog is back up and running, you may find a flood of comment spam has gotten through. Luckily, Akismet and Spam Karma can help you clean up the mess.
Both Akismet and Spam Karma 2.3 have a feature that goes through your comment list to clean up any missed comment spam. Before beginning the process, ensure you have the latest version of the WordPress Plugins.
To recheck your comment list for comment spam with Akismet:
- Activate the Akismet Comment Spam Plugin.
- Go to Comments > Awaiting Moderation.
- To the far right, click the link Recheck Queue for Spam.
- Check comments in the Moderation list for comment spam and mark them as spam, and release any false/positives.
- Go to the Comments panel to check through the comments to ensure no evil comment spam remains.
If you find that a lot of comment spam is not getting recognized as comment spam by Akismet, use the Mass Edit Mode on the Comments Panel to process your comments by “bulk”.
To recheck your comment list for comment spam with Spam Karma:
- Active the Spam Karma WordPress Plugin>.
- Go to Manage > Spam Karma > Approved Comments.
- Under Filter, click Invert Checkbox Selection to put a checkbox in all of the visible comment spam.
- Leave the settings to Run Selected Entries through all plugins and click Run Selected Entries.
- This should sort through and capture any missed comment spam which you can see on the Recent Spam Harvest panel, eliminating them from your database from there.
- If any are missed, mark them accordingly and get rid of them.
Even during upgrades and down time, these WordPress Plugins have your back.
|Why Disable Plugins?
Many don’t understand why it is important to disable WordPress Plugins during an upgrade. During a security or patch upgrade, it might not matter much, but during a full upgrade, WordPress often makes changes to the database and functions which change how a Plugin interacts with the program. By turning them on one by one, you can determine which ones will play nicely. Turn them all on at the same time and it will take longer to find out which ones don’t work.
WordPress Plugins also interact with the MySQL database. Starting up your WordPress blog after an upgrade with all of your Plugins turned on can be like leaving all the lights and power on in a building after a power outage. The sudden pull of energy can overwhelm the system. Plugins work when needed during the normal activity of a blog, but when all reactivated at one, it might be too much for a shared hosted blog.
The key reason is to find out if the Plugins will work with the new version. Make sure you check for upgraded versions of your WordPress Plugins as part of your upgrade process.
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