Hello and welcome! In today’s blog I am going to show you how to block spam for your Dolphin based website. Everyone hates unwanted advertising and your members are no different. Luckily, Dolphin 7 has a built-in spam prevention system.
We will begin by logging into our Dolphin admin and going to “Advanced Settings” under the “Settings” menu. Then selecting the “Security” tab. At the bottom of the security menu, you will see “Enable DNS Block Lists”, “Enable URI Block Lists” and “Enable Akismet”. In this example, we are going to be using the DNS block lists; so place a check by that option. Then place a check by “Total Block All Spam Content” and if you wish to be notified, place a check next to “Send Report To Admin If Spam Content Discovered”. Now click “Save” at the bottom of the screen. You are able to use any combination of these three filters to stop spam on your site. Akismet requires a key to use which you can acquire free from WordPress.com.
Now that we have activated the spam prevention option, we need to select which database we will be using to screen our traffic. To do this, we need to go to “Anti Spam Tools” under the “Tools” menu. You will see several databases to select from. We are going to use sbl.spamhaus.org in this example. Place a check mark next to it and click “Activate” on the bottom bar. You will notice our selection is no longer gray like the other databases, this means that it has been activated.
That is it, we are one step closer to being completely spam free! The other databases can be used for different scenarios, such as blocking all IPs from China if you need an option that drastic. As always, care must be taken in any changes that could potentially block legitimate users from your site. Until next time, happy social networking!