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How to add I am not a robot to WordPress

How to add I am not a robot to a WordPress website or blog.


What’s great about WordPress is that you more than likely used a plugin for capturing email subscribers and thought it would be ok to leave out the jumbled up  I-am-not-a-robot characters and letters that everyone hates. If this is the case, then you have probably noticed that you get a lot of spam to your admin email account. If you don’t, you soon will so it’s best to get it sorted.

The easiest way to add I-am-not-a-robot to WordPress is to use reCAPTCHA from google. This tool has been wrapped up in a handy plugin called Contact Form Ready by Nick Duncan.

How to set it up:

Go to Plugins on your admin and select Add New. In the search box type

Contact Form Ready

I think this is the most active Contact plugin available and it works really well on this blog. Click install now and activate. Once installed jump over your list of plugins and find Contact Form Ready. Click settings and enter:

  • The email address from which your subscribers will receive updates.
  • The name in the email
  • The short message that you want to include in the body of the email.

For example:

Thank you. Your message has been sent and I will be in touch as soon as possible with updates on my blog.

Simple! But how do I get the I-am-not-a-robot thing to work?

Just below the configuration that you just made you will see

Anti Spam Settings

Select enable reCAPTCHA

Enable reCAPTCHA? Click here to set up your reCAPTCHA profile.

Click the ‘here’ link and you will jump to Google’s  reCAPTCHA page where you can set up captcha for your site. In the top right-hand corner, click the Get reCAPTCHA button and enter the URL of your page.

Accept the terms of service. Don’t bother with step 2 from Google as Contact Form Ready looks after this.

Finally, try it out. Fill in a test name and subject on your contact or subscribe page and add an email address that you can check. The email address you entered in admin receives an email notification that someone has filled in the form. At the same time, the person that subscribed receives an email with the thank you note you configured in Admin.

As always, there are many ways to achieve the same result but this worked for me and was simple to set up. One thing I hate about websites is the pop-up ‘subscribe for notifications’ as you are about to leave the site. My configured plugin is a less ‘in your face’ alternative. I’ll update the page as more Contact/Subscribe tips come to me.

For the same reason above, turning on comments for this page means that I have to wade through all the spam. If you have a question or would like some clarification on something then send me an email.


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