The Akismet Configuration feature allows you to automatically discard spam comments that come in on posts that are more than a month old.

Most “false positive” comments, those valid comments that Akisment erroneously marks as spam, occur on new posts.

Typically, older comments are targeted by spam agents as these posts “fall off your radar” after awhile – you’re just not as likely to return to posts that are six months old as the topic becomes exhausted.  When spam agents attack these areas, you will receive notification of this repeatedly within your spam queue, which can become an issue for large blogsites.

When this Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month option is enabled, these notifications will not appear in your queue – Akismet will just automatically delete the spam and not tell you about it.

Configure Akismet

To configure Akismet, do the following:

  • From within your Dashboard, click on Plugins > Akismet Configuration.
  • Select the Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month checkbox.
  • Click the Update Options button.

There are four different Plugins that, by default, come with the WordPress installation:

  • Popularity Contest: enables ranking of your posts by popularity, using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity
  • Sociable: automatically adds links on your posts, pages, and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites
  • WP-Polls: Adds an AJAX polling system to your blog.
  • WP-PostRatings: adds an AJAX rating system for your blog’s post/page

Activate a Plugin

To activate a Plugin, do the following:

  • From within your Dashboard, click on Plugins. This will automatically open up a list of all installed Plugins.
  • Select the desired Plugin by clicking on its corresponding Activate link.
  • The background on the newly activated Plugin will change to white
  • Depending on the Plugin, a Settings link may also be made available.  Some Plugins may require configuration.  If a Settings link is available, click on it to go into the Settings and make any changes you desire.

Deactivate a Plugin

  • From within your Dashboard, click on Plugins to open your list.
  • Locate the Plugin to be deactivated and click on its corresponding Deactivate link.
  • The background on the newly deactivated Plugin will change to grey

Plugins are add-on pieces of software which expand the functionality of WordPress.

Plugins differ from Widgets in the fact that the code used is typically more complicated.  Some Plugins actually create Widgets.  Other Plugins may simply perform tasks in the background of your blogsite and show no real visible effects on the screen.

Widgets are small add-on features that can help make your site more enjoyable or efficient.  You may choose to use any or all of the available Widgets, or none, if you prefer.

The Available Widgets on are:

  • Akismet: Shows the number of spam entries blocked.
  • Archives: A monthly archive of your blog’s posts
  • Calendar: A calendar of your blog’s posts.
  • Categories: A list of the categories used on your site.
  • Links: External links managed through your blogroll.
  • Meta: Log in / log out, Admin, Feed, and WordPress links.
  • Pages: The pages within your blog.
  • Recent Comments: The most recent comments left on your blog.
  • Recent Posts: The most recent posts on your blog.
  • RSS: Entries from an RSS or Atom feed.
  • Search: A search form for your blog.
  • Tag Cloud: Your most used tags in a cloud format.
  • Text: Arbitrary text or HTML that you create for whatever purpose you need.

Enable a Widget

To enable a Widget, do the following:

  • From within your Dashboard, click on Appearance > Widgets.
  • Choose a Widget from either the Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets list by clicking on it.
    • Available Widgets: These Widgets are “fresh”, they have had no configurations performed on them.
    • Inactive Widgets: These Widgets are ones that may have been in use previously and have been configured in some manner.
  • Drag the Widget to the right and place it in a Sidebar region.
  • Most Widgets have some small configurations that can be made, such as changing the name of the title.  If there is an arrow to the right of the Widget block, click it to open up the Widget’s configuration panel.
  • Make any configurations that you desire.
  • Click the Save button.

Disable a Widget

To disable a Widget, do the following:

  • From within your Dashboard, click on Appearance > Widgets.
  • Drag the Widget to be removed from the Sidebar region and place it in either the Available Widgets group or the Inactive Widgets group.
    • Available Widgets: Dragging Widgets back to this area will erase all configurations that have been made.
    • Inactive Widgets: Dragging Widgets to this area will remove them from the sidebar but will retain their configurations.
  • Click the Save button.