How to Get an API key to use Akismet

The following two videos show slightly different ways to get the API key you need to have to use Akismet to filter your comments for spam. I explain why you need it and how Akismet filters probable spam comments from genuine ones.

Spam comments can seem like they are worth publishing, some are very clever and many very complimentary – saying what a wonderful blogger you are and how great and interesting your website is BUT

These comments rarely mention anything specific about the post they are on. These comments are submitted by robot software, and often target the About page (because it was a default), but may target any post by using a keyword to find relevant posts BECAUSE

These comments are not from readers – they are submitted by link building bots. For this reason, they have the potential to be malicious even though most are harmless. Spam comments are more likely to redirect a link to pornography or viruses. Is it worth it? If you link – however unknowingly to bad content – your server may shut you off from the internet to protect others, even if the link is just in a blog comment.

Its not worth it. Delete all automated comments as spam and reduce the risk.

Comments that people submit normally, are rarely dangerous, so don’t get paranoid – just be vigilant. Moderate initial comments and check all links in them. Leave the filtering up to Akismet which will check submissions according to a constantly updating algorithm and marks as spam those that fail. Empty your spam when you do your monthly maintenance run.

These videos show you different ways to get the API key to use Akismet. The second video points out that if your site is commercial and making money, there is something in the Akismet terms of agreement to be aware of and conform to.

Enable Akismet as one of the first plugins you enable as you get started. The one API key will serve for every WordPress blog you install. So make a note of the key somewhere in your web organization folder where you keep track of passwords. Maybe you will only do this once, and you can always go get it from the akismet settings page, but I like to keep these handy in one document and its good practice to do so. You never know when you might need them!

If you have not done this and have a lot of comments to remove use Delete Pending Spam to remove them and get Akismet or some other form of spam filter set up for protection.

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You Tube iframe Embed & WordPress

WordPress doesn’t yet like iframes but other websites are really embracing them this year. The main reason I have been given for youtube to do so is that mobile iphones and androids browsing websites can’t see flash, so the iframe option evens the playing field for mac apps again and ours is not to reason why,  just to try and keep up with everyone else’s changes. 🙂

The old youtube embed code is still there if you check the box to use it, but the default is now the new iframe code. Try putting this in a WordPress blog post in html view and it may (read will probably) be stripped out after the next save. WordPress does not like iframes!

So, you basically either need to place your code somewhere else other than the post editor and include it, or use a plugin that does this for you.

When I started writing this post I had watched a couple of these video below and assumed the recommended plugin was a good idea but I’ve since changed my mind after installing and now I am trying out a few alternatives.

There is a usage video below that explains a bit more… and I thought I’d put it in twice – like an OLD-NEW before and after example – to see what appears…

This is a bit of an experiment as I personally think iframes are less reliable. But then I’ve just been wrestling with Facebook’s iframe version for the last two months! But who are we to stop the march of progress – if its the way of the future I’m sure everything will all just improve over time. ( gee I wish you could hear the tone of voice I wrote that in)

So this first video is embedded in the normal way from you tube.

(assuming both are showing – 1 should be directly over this text and 2 should be directly under this text)

(DONT) Get this plugin as the video suggests :

It appears to insert a link under the video, not to the plugin but to their website – quite within their rights but  – not something that I approve of, when I have no control over this. I also tried another plugin which blythly and without permission inserted their blog feeds onto my dashboard and fascinating 🙁 as it was to visit and see a photograph of a tray of green and red vodka jello cups for July 4th, I can’t afford to be tempted to view such distractions! Jeez Louise!

This plugin is my choice for an iframe YouTube wp plugin

WP YouTube Player

You use it with a shortcode open and close tag [tube] with the number or id of the video (from the you tube url) between the tags. No added links feeds or anything else have as yet been observed….

4 hours to try out and find a clean free plugin – don’t say I don’t help you guys out!

Here are a few other possible solutions, especially if you tube isn’t your flavour, because iframes are IN! These are simply iframe embedding plugins not specifically for you tube or any one site.

embed a small range of iframed urls including amazon astore plugin

embed a huge range of iframed urls plugin with embeddly

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