WordPress – Squash Spam Comments

A quick and easy way to squash the damn WordPress Spam bots.

 

First step is to turn off comments on all of your posts using the following SQL query:

UPDATE wp_posts p SET comment_status = ‘closed’, ping_status = ‘closed’ WHERE comment_status = ‘open’;

* Note you may have to adjust the wp_posts table name to suit your install.

Second step:

The default comment and ping status is open on all new posts – change the default to ‘closed’ with the following 2 queries:

alter table wp_posts change comment_status comment_status varchar(20) default ‘closed’;
alter table wp_posts change ping_status ping_status varchar(20) default ‘closed’;

Again, you may need to adjust the wp_posts table name to your install.

 

 

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