21Publish introduces new plugins to fight spam

Good news if you're receiving spam comments on your BlogPortal: 21Publish now offers three different plugins to fight spam: 21Publish, akismet and defensio.
The native 21Publish plugin is a very basic service with only limited filtering capabilities, but we are constantly enhancing this service. If you stay with the 21Publish service, you will always get the latest anti-spam updates provided by 21Publish.
The other plugins can connect to services at akismet.com or defensio.com, two very common and powerful anti-spam services. If you want to use any of them, you need to sign up with the corresponding service and get your own API key, which you can then insert into your account.

To check out the new features, simply log on to your portal and go to "Portal Homepage -> More Options -> Spam checker".

If you do not enable any plugin, your BlogPortal will automatically use the 21Publish spam filter, so don't worry if you do not want to change your settings in the short term.


No more restrictions for usernames

Ever wondered why some username like "joe" has already been taken within your BlogPortal? That's because we didn't allow duplicate usernames throughout ANY portal registered with us.

Now, we've removed this restriction, so usernames only need to be unique per BlogPortal, not system-wide. Teachers can now set up student accounts with the same username for different classes, and community bloggers can choose a unique name no matter whether it's already been taken on another side.