How to Use Akismet With Elementor Forms

How to Use Akismet With Elementor Forms

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Do you want to use Akismet with Elementor forms?

While Elementor Forms includes a few anti-spam options, it doesn’t integrate with Akismet.

In fact, the range of spam prevention tools in Elementor Forms is quite lacking.

But there’s a very easy way to deal with this problem.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can use Akismet with Elementor Forms to create spam-free contact forms on your site.

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Does Akismet Work With Elementor Forms?

By default, there’s no way to connect Akismet with Elementor Forms. That’s because Elementor hasn’t yet added support for Akismet.

However, the good thing is that Elementor integrates with other form builders like WPForms which offer more spam prevention options including Akismet.

So, if you want to block spam submissions for forms you’re embedding using Elementor, your best bet is to build an Akismet-enabled form in WPForms and then use the WPForms widget in Elementor to embed the form anywhere on your page.

Now that you know more about using Akismet in Elementor, let’s go over the steps you’ll need to perform in detail.

How to Use Akismet With Elementor Forms

Step 1: Install WPForms

Because Elementor doesn’t directly support Akismet, we’ll be taking advantage of WPForms’ native Akismet integration. We can then use Elementor’s WPForms widget to add a form with the Akismet spam filter enabled to a page.

While WPForms supports Akismet across all pricing plans, we recommend getting WPForms Pro. Then, go ahead and install WPForms on your website.

WPForms Pricing

With a Pro license, you’ll have access to over 1,800 pre-built form templates, along with a variety of advanced features like Coupons and Lead Forms.

After installing WPForms, it’s time to set up Akismet.

Step 2: Install and Set Up Akismet

Akismet often comes pre-installed in WordPress. But if you don’t already have it installed, you can install it by opening your WordPress admin menu and going to Plugins » Add New.

Add new plugin

Then, search for Akismet and click on Install Now.

Install Akismet

Once you’ve installed and activated Akismet, you’ll be redirected to the Akismet settings page. You can also manually visit that page by going to

Akismet anti spam settings

On the Akismet settings page,, click on the Set Up Your Akismet Account button.

Set up Akismet account

You’ll be taken to the Akismet pricing page. Select an appropriate license plan for your business. We’ll get the Personal plan for this tutorial.

Get personal plan Akismet

Akismet allows you to select your own pricing for the Personal plan. You can move the slider all the way to zero to get Akismet for free.

Akismet pricing slider

Scroll down to find checkboxes to confirm that you’re using Akismet for non-commercial websites. Akismet’s free Personal plan is only available for site owners who aren’t using their website for commercial purposes.

So, if you’re a blogger without anything to sell, you can use Akismet completely for free. Otherwise, please choose a paid plan and continue with the steps below.

Continue with personal subscription in Akismet

Enter your billing information on the checkout screen and press Continue to Payment.

Continue to payment (Akismet)

If you’ve selected the free plan, you can choose to assign a payment method later and skip entering your credit card details altogether.

Scroll down and click on Complete Checkout.

Complete Akismet checkout

You’ll now be taken to the WordPress.com login page (because Akismet is owned by the same company that’s behind WordPress.com). Click on the Continue button to proceed.

Log in to Akismet

You’ll find your API key as soon as you log in. Copy the Akismet API key.

Copy Akismet API key

Now, return to the browser tab with the Akismet settings screen and click on Manually Enter an API  Key.

Manually enter API key in Akismet

Simply paste your API key inside the box and click on the Connect with API Key button.

Connect with API key Akismet

As soon as you connect with the API, Akismet will be ready to use on your site.

Step 3: Create a WordPress Contact Form

With Akismet set up, we can go ahead and create a new form using WPForms. From your WordPress dashboard, go to WPForms » Add New.

add new form

You’ll now see the form setup screen where you can name your form and get started with a ready-made form template. For this tutorial, we’ll use the Simple Contact Form template.

Use simple contact form template

As soon as you select your template, it will load up inside your form builder. You can customize the form template by adding other fields to your form or edit any existing ones.

The WPForms Simple Contact Form

Once you’re happy with how your form looks, move on to the next step.

Step 4: Enable Akismet on Your WordPress Form

While you’re inside the WPForms form builder, navigate to WPForms » Spam Protection and Security.

Opening the form spam and security settings

You’ll see multiple anti-spam options available here. Simply click on the Enable Akismet anti-spam protection toggle button to add Akismet spam filter on your form.

Enabling Akismet protection for a form

Great. Now that you’ve turned on Akismet, your form submissions will be automatically checked by Akismet for signs of spam.

Go ahead and press Save to save your settings.

Saving your form

Brilliant! We have everything set up now. All that remains is to embed this form using Elementor.

Step 5: Publish Your Akismet-Enabled Form With Elementor

After saving your form, return to your WordPress dashboard and go to Pages. Next, select the Add New button.

Add Contact Us page for Elementor contact form

This will lead you to your WordPress block editor. If you have Elementor installed, you’ll see a blue Edit with Elementor button.

Editing with Elementor

As soon as you press this button, the Elementor page editor will start loading. Inside the Elementor interface, you can find the WPForms widget on your left.

Drag and drop the WPForms block on the right-hand side.

Use the WPForms widget in Elementor

After you’ve added the WPForms widget to your page, you can select any form that you’ve previously created and saved with WPForms using the dropdown.

We’ll select our simple contact form using this dropdown.

Selecting an existing form from the WPForms Elementor widget

Your selected form will appear exactly the way you set it up in WPForms. At this point, you can also customize the appearance of your form extensively, as shown in our guide on creating Elementor forms.

When you’re ready to embed this form, simply press the Publish button at the bottom of the left-hand pane.

Publish Elementor page button

Your Akismet anti-spam form will now immediately be embedded on your site.

But before you do anything else, we strongly recommend testing your form to ensure that Akismet is properly filtering spam submissions.

To do that, simply visit the form you just published with Elementor and try entering one of Akismet’s spam triggers, such as:

Filling out form with a spammy entry as above and then press submit.

add-akismet-spam-triggers

If Akismet is functioning correctly, you’ll notice that your message won’t submit and an error will pop up indicating that the entry was identified as spam.

Anti spam failure notice

And that’s exactly what we want to happen.

With the steps we’ve shown above, you can now easily use Akismet with Elementor Forms and keep your site spam-free.

Next, Integrate WPForms With WooCommerce

If you’re an eCommerce store, you should automate as many processes as you can to save you time. One of the best ways to do that is by integrating WPForms with WooCommerce.

Also, do you know that you can design accordion forms with WPForms? It’s an excellent way to make your forms easier to fill and improve user experience.

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