Akismet error code 10003: Time to choose your anti spam plugin

antispam-beeThe war against spam has become more serious and if you own a WordPress-based website it is time to decide what spam protection to use.

For a long time, we have used Akismet, which is the anti spam plugin made by the people behind WordPress itself.

And for a long time, that plugin has been free.

But it is free no more. Read on to learn why and discover an alternative.

Akismet matures

Akismet remodelled itself into a plugin that is free for personal use and paid for commercial use a little while ago but has now started alerting users to this fact.

Some WordPress users with Akismet active are receiving this message:

Howdy! It looks like you have an Akismet Personal subscription, which does not appear to be appropriate for your current usage. In order to continue using Akismet in this way, you will need to upgrade your subscription to one of our Enterprise or High Volume plans. You can click on the link below for further details. Akismet Error Code: 10003

In essence, Akismet has identified that your WordPress site/blog is for commercial use and is gently letting you know it is time to cough up some money for their spam killing service.

The plans on offer are:

  • Personal: Technically free but they do ask you to name your price if you’d like to pay
  • Business: $5 per month for one commercial site
  • Enterprise: $50 per month for unlimited commercial sites

If you want to stick with Akismet, visit the Akismet upgrade page to create your account.

Antispam Bee: An Akismet alternative attracting positive buzz

If you don’t want to move to a paid antispam plugin just yet, you can try Antispam Bee.

This free plugin by Sergej Müller, a WordPress coder behind 11 plugins altogether, does a darn good job of stopping spam and is easy to install.

In fact, without going into some of the more elaborate settings, here is what to do if you just want to quickly move from Akismet to Antispam Bee.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site and click on the Plugins menu
  2. Deactivate Akismet
  3. At the top of the screen, click Add New and search for Antispam Bee
  4. When it appears, click Install and when it has installed, click Activate

That’s it.

Spam is the scourge of the internet

Personally, I do believe in paying for plugins and donating to people who create free plugins for WordPress.

Such actions are fair and help keep the WordPress ecosystem healthy.

Plugins like Antispam Bee do show how healthy the ecosystem is and if it works for you, then use it with confidence.

In future posts I hope to return to some of the advanced settings within Antispam Bee.

Also, if you want help overseeing this transition from Akismet to Antispam Bee or other Akismet alternatives, contact Baker Marketing, your WordPress team in Adelaide.

It will be a small job without a sting in the tail!




  1. Gianfranco

    Thank you for this blog, it came in very handy.

  2. Barbara

    Thanks for the tips Steve! I have added the Bee. I would be happy to support freebies with a donation but how?
    Cheers, Barbara


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