Comment Gatekeeper Quick Start Guide

These instructions will help you block comment spam from your WordPress site with the Comment Gatekeeper plugin.

From your Dashboard:

  1. Go to the Settings Menu > Discussion
  2. Scroll to the section “Comment Gatekeeper Settings”
  3. Enter your question and answer
  4. Save your settings

A simple example question is “What is 1 plus 3” and you all know that the answer is 4.  By entering a question like this, automated spam commenters will be prevented from commenting since they aren’t able to read the question in proper context.

Believe it or not, that’s all there is to it.  Your comment forms will now have the gatekeeper ensuring that only those who answer the question correctly will be able to comment.

One thing to NOTE: this plugin requires that your theme uses the comment_form() function.  If you install and activate this plugin and don’t see the field appearing on your comment form, your theme may not be using this WordPress function.  It can be added by editing your theme so if you are uncomfortable doing this on your own, please ask your website developer to contact me for guidance.

Spanish Translation Instructions

The Comment Gatekeeper is now available in Spanish.  The translation is automatically sent when you download the plugin so all you need to do is activate it.  To do this, you will need to edit your “wp-config.php” file. If these steps are beyond your technical skills, you can ask your web developer to help. If you don’t have a web developer, use the contact form at the bottom of this page to contact me for a cost estimate.

You will find a line that says:

define('WPLANG', '');

Edit this line to add Spanish:

define('WPLANG', 'es_ES');

Save the file and all the Comment Gatekeeper instructions will be in Spanish. If you have downloaded the Spanish translations for WordPress, then your entire dashboard will now be in Spanish as well.

If you need help, please use the contact form here: