Smart Throttle WordPress plugin dynamically adjusts the time out between comments. Time out is decided by the rate of comments in the last hour. WordPress has a default comment time out of 15s. Which is sometimes not sufficient when your blog is being flooded with spam comments, every comment requires at least one write to the database. With a swarm of bots it quickly adds up, specially on a server with limited resources. Smart Throttle adjusts the time out depending on the rate of comments in the last hour from the given user. Bellow you will find the time out increments.

  • Upto 5 comments/h – 15s
  • From 6-14 comments/h 5s increment
  • Every comment/h there after 60s increment.


  • Download the smart-throttle plugin archive and extract it.
  • Upload smart-throttle to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

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