Category Archives: Plugins

More Ham, Less Spam With Akismet

Akismet, a web service offered by the creators of to help control spam, is now in full effect across every site on That means you should see a significant decrease in the amount of spam comments requiring your moderation.

For the curious, this is how Akismet works:

Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to your site it’s submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. As a result, you don’t have to waste your time sorting through and deleting spammy comments from your blog.

So sit back, continue blogging and let Akismet separate the spam from the ham (i.e., “not spam”).

Update: You can set a couple of configuration options for Akismet by going to Jetpack > Akismet Configuration on your dashboard. You can also view your ham versus spam stats at Jetpack > Akismet Stats. (Note that Jetpack does not need to be enabled for you to use Akismet, which is already enabled for everyone — they are both simply developed by Automattic, the creators of


New Plugin: VCU Dates

There’s a new plugin available for activation on your blog — it’s called VCU Dates, and it lets you easily create and publish content that you wanted sorted by a date other than the date of publication. It’s ideal for date-specific content geared towards a small audience, such as an internal departmental event or a course assignment with a due date. You can read more about it and its features — such as a feed you can use on your departmental website, custom widget and more — on the VCU Dates overview page.