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Fighting spam – How is it going?

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Back in September, in the post Spam – What are we going to do? I've declared my personal war with spammers. Now it's time for a summary of actions taken and their results.

Initially my line of defence consisted of Akismet plugin from Automattic. It did an excellent job of identifying and marking unwanted comments as spam. That should give me a peace of mind, right? Wrong. The spam comments were landing in my database and had to be manually removed from there. They were coming back again and again. Remember that spam comments are being planted not by humans but by "bots" (robots) which are never tired of mindlessly repeating their job. There had to be a better way of preventing them from leaving their payload on my website.

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Spam – What are we going to do?

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People say that I am the most patient person on earth. But there are limits to even an extreme patience. I am talking about spam comments on this website. Long time ago I've made my decision to keep this website open. No registration required. No obstacles for people willing to see it, to comment on it. Recently, the number of spam comments increased to the point that I have to react. Akismet does a wonderful job of classifying spam comments. Unfortunately they are in my database until I delete them. My plan is to stop them before they are posted. How?

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Introducing WordPress 3.1 Post Formats

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Some people hate it and some love it. I belong to the second category. If you, as a webmaster, don't like it, simply do not enable theme support for post formats. I think that post formats bring incredible possibilities to website presentation.

Basic requirements: WP 3.1, theme support, knowledge of CSS and WP filters, imagination, and creativity.

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Using fonts hosted on your site

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In Using Google Font API article I've presented one method of incorporating specific fonts into your website. The Google's method will free you from any legal problems related to hosting unlicenced fonts, however, there are couple of drawbacks. Fonts have to be downloaded from Google's servers and that takes time. Secondly, there are only 14 fonts available as of today.

How about hosting your own fonts?

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