What are my Spam Alert ?

In the mist of Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we at JDS WebDesign are hoping everyone is safe and practicing social distancing.  Over the next several weeks, we are planning on blogging about how to make your website more business friendly.  We will have some tutorials on our favorite plugins and features, which will make your site more efficient.

Everyone hates spam.  All those emails trying to sell us inappropriate (Adult Products or Services).  And if we hate them, what about our clients.  I have blogs about many spam plugins from Akismet to Antispam Bee to JetPack,  The other day, one of my clients called complaining about the number of spams messages. We had installed a spam plugin, but instead of adding the pro version. I looked for another solution.  It was the client’s contact form, and we had used Gravity Forms to create it.

SpamUsing the gravity form, I installed a label called numbers. Numbers allow your visitors to install, you guessed it numbers.  Numbers are located under the Standard Fields.  After selecting the number section, then I just added a basic mathematics problem.  I used 1 plus 4, but you can use anything.  I would not put something too difficult.  Remember the ideal is to eliminate spam or bots.  You do not want to discourage visitors.

Next we went into the edit section of the Gravity Forms which is located at the top of the form.  You will see Edit, Setting, Entries, and Preview.  You will need to look under Setting / Form Setting.  This is where the magic is going to begin.  We will need to add some conditional logic.  Gravity Forms is very popular because it allows conditional logic.  So what is conditional logic?  Conditional logic is in order for one thing to happen, something else must occur. So instead of uploading a recaphta, and worrying about if it loads correctly.  We are using conditional logic.

SpamSo what is the conditional logic?  I thought you would never ask.  The conditional logic is centered around the mathematics equation.  In order for the button to appear, then you will need to get the equation correct. So how do we accomplish this feat.   Under the Form Setting section, you will need to scroll down to almost the bottom.  You will see Form Button section.  Under that section, you will need to select enable conditional logic.  You will need to select Show this button if All of the following is a match.  Make sure your mathematics equation is listed, and populate the correct answer.  Scroll down and update the form settings at the bottom.  The button will not appear, unless your visitors has placed the correct answer in the field.  No button, no entries…pretty slick.  And it takes about 5 – 10 minutes.  It takes longer to read this blog post, then to actually create the spam protection.

Image is courtesy of Franz Roos.

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