The problem: Freehostia Free Accounts block outside connections. This means that Akismet can’t access it’s servers and you can’t have spam checking. So, all of your comments are spam spam spam!
I tried to add a captcha, but they got around that. I tried to add Disqus using the plugin, but that failed to install because of the account’s limitations.
But, I was able to add moderated comments to my freehostia site by manually installing Disqus. This is very necessary because otherwise you get hit with a bunch of spammers.
Here is how you manually install Disqus on WordPress.
- Create New Disqus Account
- Go to your dashboard
- Click on your site
- Go to Settings
- And then click Install
- Select Universal Code
- Copy that code
- In /wp-content/themes/THEMENAME/single.php Replace:
<?php comments_template( '', true ); ?>
echo ' YOUR COPIED CODE HERE. But you must remember to ESCAPE the single quotes with backslashes example: \' ';
- Save, Upload, then go to one of your posts. You should see Disqus loading at the bottom.
- Remember to setup your Disqus the way you want it. It’s a little restrictive out of the box. You can even add Akismet to Disqus in their admin interface.