• A WordPress.com account (sign up)
  • The latest version of WordPress
  • PHP’s fsockopen and gethostbynamel functions must not be disabled (they are enabled by default in PHP)
  • TCP connectivity to akismet.com
  • PHP version 7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater


  • Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  • Search for ‘Akismet’
  • Activate Akismet from your Plugins page
  • Enter the Akismet.com API key
  • Select “Always put spam in the Spam folder for review.” on Strictness option


  • For Google Analytics Code, DO NOT EDIT header.php.
  • Google Analytics code should be installed through Yoast plugin.

Useful Addon plugins