One fine day, I get an email from Dreamhost that tells me that how my blog’s database is over loaded. I was literally shocked and thought that it might be some kind of security attack because of which my blog’s database was bloated or could be causing some kind of problem. However, I was relieved to know that it was any security attack on my wordpress blog however, it was bloated because of comment spam.
1. Akismet – This is the most known and trusted spam fighting plugin from Automattic itself. It helps in keeping the spam comments away and thus saves your blog from being bloated. Make sure that you delete spam comments regularly.
2. WP-SpamFree – When I came to know about this plugin, I installed it right then and there. Now, I realize that how effective this plugin is and that how it has helped me in fixing up the problem that DreamHost kindly brought in front of me.
3. Optimize DB – This plugin runs an “optimize table” command to keep the WordPress database clean. This not only helps in speeding it up, it also removes extra “bytes” from the database.