Less Spam Submissions with ReCAPTCHA!

Less Spam Submissions with ReCAPTCHA!

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Less Spam Submissions with reCAPTCHA!

We all dislike spam on our submission forms.  You create and provide quality content to your users in hopes of generating submissions.  Yet without good security systems governing those submission inputs you can be overwhelmed with spam submissions.  In this article we will show you how you can receive less spam submissions with reCAPTCHA.  We are talking free spam protection from WordPress.

Think of reCAPTCHA as an easy to use security system, or maybe even a security guard for your cyber hotspot.

reCAPTCHA works well, by verifying human activity on the business end of your submission form.  That security guard you just added on will block every automated spam submission.

We all know how secure we feel at an event when we can trust the security team, and your users will have a similar feeling about sticking with a submission to your WordPress platform.  reCAPTCHA makes your visitors feel secure in their submission process.  reCaptcha is easy to implement.  In truth it only takes a few simple steps to add this effective level of security to your WP platform.

This new level of security will bar your cyber doors to those spam bots that have been stealing your time with fake submissions.  Think about all the time you will save thanks to adding reCAPTCHA!  It is a great anti-spam free WordPress plug-in.

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A brief story on your new security detail.  Originally, CAPTCHA was created to multitask two important things: help machines translate analogue books and FIGHT SPAM.  It used to be that Google had CAPTCHA generate jumbled text which the human user would enter into a box, now with reCAPTCHA V.2 users can just point the cursor over the empty square and the tool understands that this action is a human action and not a spam bot – saving time for the end-user and keeping your submissions spam free.

Today we are focusing on adding this easy version 2 to your WordPress Forms.

Now, let’s add on that new security team member…

The easy Way to Add reCAPTCHA box to your forms 

1. Start by creating a Contact form in WordPress:

  1. Install and then Activate WPForms Plugin 
  2. You can find a step by step guide here.

2. Now we can create a WordPress contact form.

For help with this step, check out the WP tutorial on how to create a simple contact form in WordPress.

3.  Now for the Security.  

This is how we configure reCAPTCHA settings in WordPress.

1. To start, go to WPForms » Settings. Then, click on the reCAPTCHA tab.

2. Make sure to select v2 reCAPTCHA to add the interactive reCAPTCHA box to this new contact form.

Google offers reCAPTCHA as a free service, but just like mom and dad’s place this requires a site key and secret key.  By visiting Google’s reCAPTCHA setup page you can simply generate the key you need.

Let’s Talk Access:

On the setup page, click on the Admin Console button in the top right corner.

Log into your google account, once you do that you’ll be redirected to a page where you can register your site for reCAPTCHA.

Let’s say mom and dad have different addresses (you’ve already registered a website for Google reCAPTCHA in the past) that is no problem you’ll see a different screen where you can register your new site.

Less Spam Submissions with ReCaptcha!

Pick a name to identify your site and enter it in the label field.  This is for your own use, you will identify the website if you find you need to get the keys again.  Hey, who hasn’t lost a key or five?

Less Spam Submissions with ReCaptcha!

Now, time for the options!  You can choose the type of reCAPTCHA you want to implement on your website.  In this example, we’ll select reCAPTCHA v2 and then the “I’m not a robot” Checkbox. 


Less Spam Submissions with ReCaptcha!

Now you need to add your website’s domain, such as mywebsite.com.

When you click the Submit button it automatically saves your information.

Now, you will see a page with a site key and secret key for your website.

Copy your site and secret key, and switch back to the WPForms » Settings page.  Paste your site and secret keys under the reCAPTCHA settings.

Click on the Save Settings button to store your changes.

Less Spam Submissions with reCAPTCHA!


Step 4: Add reCAPTCHA to Your Contact Form

Now for the big payoff we’ve all been waiting for.  Adding reCAPTCHA to your WordPress form is so easy to do.

Go to Settings » General in the form editor.

Scroll to the bottom, check the box next to Enable Google Checkbox v2 reCAPTCHA.  You won’t have a big red arrow pointing to it, but we do! Just scroll down.

Less Spam submissions with reCAPTCHA!

Now you can click Save and add your contact form, complete with Google reCAPTCHA, to your website.

Step 5: Add Contact Form with reCAPTCHA to WordPress.

WPForms allows you to add your forms to many locations on your website, including your blog posts, pages, and even sidebar widgets.

Let’s take a look at the most common post/page embed option.

When you create a new post or page in WordPress try this: Click on the Add WPForms icon inside of a block.

Then you can select your form from the dropdown in the popup.

Now, when you publish your post or page your form will appear on your website.

There is another great tutorial from WPForms if you want to add an icon with extra info to a form field.  Head over to: how to add Tooltips in WordPress forms.

The options with WPForms seem pretty endless.  I would like to think this post will tick all the right boxes for reducing spam in your life. reCAPTCHA really is a top notch spam-free WordPress plug in.

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