Are you tired of spam bots filling in your form entries? Do you want to stop bots interacting in your website? No need to worry! You can integrate reCAPTCHA in WordPress forms to avoid spamming in your site.
Google reCAPTCHA is a free service that anyone can use to prevent spam and abuse on their website. So, reCAPTCHA helps website owners distinguish bots from valid users. If you integrate reCAPTCHA on your site then, your website is sure to be secure from spamming and abusive users.
In this tutorial, we are going to give you detailed and clear-cut instructions to integrate reCAPTCHA for your forms using Everest Forms. Let’s get right into it!
STEP 1: Create an account for your site
First and foremost, you need to register your site. So, go to Google’s overview page and click on the Admin Console.
If you haven’t registered a site yet, you will need to register a new site.
So, fill up the fields such as Label, reCAPTCHA type, Domains, Owners, Terms of Service, and Send alerts to owners.
After you’re done, click on SUBMIT.
About reCAPTCHA type:
There are two types of reCAPTCHA that you can integrate in your site i.e. reCAPTCHA v2 and the NEW reCAPTCHA v3.
reCAPTCHA v2 tracks users actions to identify bots. There are three options in this:
- Checkbox reCAPTCHA
- Invisible reCAPTCHA
- reCAPTCHA Android
reCAPTCHA v3 returns a score for each request from 0.0 to 0.1. And, depending on the score the valid requests are passed. So, it doesn’t track user friction like v2.
Click here for more details on reCAPTCHA types.
About reCAPTCHA keys:
After your site is registered, you need to copy the given Site Key and the Secret Key to Everest Forms reCAPTCHA settings.
However, this Site key and Secret key will not work for other reCAPTCHA types.
Note: For each reCAPTCHA type, there is a different pair of keys. Meaning each reCAPTCHA type, even of the same version has a unique pair of keys
STEP 2: Choose reCAPTCHA type for your forms
Everest Forms allows you to not only invoke reCAPTCHA v2 but also, reCAPTCHA v3 on your forms.
First, go to your WordPress dashboard and go to Everest Forms>>Settings. Now, click on the reCAPTCHA tab there and, fill in the fields there.
For v3, select reCAPTCHA v3 in reCAPTCHA version option. Then, copy and paste the Site key and Secret Key for reCAPTCHA v3 from your Google’s reCAPTCHA admin console.
For v2, select reCAPTCHA v2 and paste the keys for the reCAPTCHA type you chose(Checkbox, Invisible or Android).
If you’re using invisible reCAPTCHA, you need to check the Enable Invisible reCAPTCHA option.
Once you’re done, Click on Save Changes.
STEP 3: Enable reCAPTCHA in forms
Now, to integrate reCAPTCHA in WordPress forms, you need to enable reCAPTCHA. For this, go to Everest Forms>>Add New. Or, choose any previously created form. In the Form Builder, click on the Settings.
Then, Click on the Enable Google reCAPTCHA v3 or Enable Google reCAPTCHA v2 checkbox according to your reCAPTCHA type. After that, hit SAVE.
Your work is done! Your forms are now protected from unwanted abusive users and bots.
STEP 4: Testing reCAPTCHA
Lastly, you can test the reCAPTCHA by allowing form entries in your site.
Preview your form to see how the reCAPTCHA works.
For Checkbox reCAPTCHA v2
For Invisible reCAPTCHA v2 and reCAPTCHA v3
In the Google reCAPTCHA admin console, you can then view the records of the overall traffic on your forms.
Therefore, you can now integrate reCAPTCHA in your forms with no trouble using our Everest Forms plugin.
We hope you found this tutorial helpful.