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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


How To Get a New Akismet Key When Yours Is Deactivated (Akismet Error Code 10003)

January 26th, 2015

If you login to your WordPress Dashboard and see that Akismet is giving you an error message regarding a deactivated key, or if your blog is suddenly getting more spam than usual, you might need to get a new Akismet key.

You may also see this error:

Akismet Error Code: 10003

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.

Akismet is a wonderful blogging spam prevention plugin made for WordPress websites. I’ve been using Akismet for many years. But recently, Akismet has made changes in their policies such that many business owners must now get their own unique keys. In the case of my clients, for example, I have been using my own key on the sites I build and Akismet has been free of charge. Now, all business owners need to apply for their own individual keys and select a plan that’s appropriate for their business.

Here’s where you go to get a new Akismet key for your WordPress site:

Here's also a link to general information and frequently asked questions about Akismet:

And if you want to disable comments on your blog, here's how to do that:
J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

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