Mollom launch coverage

It is now five days after Mollom came out of beta and some of the dust has settled, so I figured I'd give you an update on what people wrote. Here is a selected subset of some of the coverage we got:

  • Peter Hagopian at InformationWeek: Mollom Comment Spam Solution Emerges From Beta. Mollom is currently supported by Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla, as well as the recent additions Radiant (a CMS built on the Ruby On Rails framework) and DaliCMS. Mollom seems to be getting better and better and it's nice to see it come out of beta.
  • Mikkel Høgh: My six months with Mollom. Before Mollom, I’ve been using spam.module and Akismet with varying degrees of success, and when Mollom first came out, I wondered why we needed another Akismet, but decided to try it out to support Dries. The answer to that question is that Mollom is in fact not just another Akismet. Spam blocking is just one of the things it does. That does not mean that Mollom is not good at blocking spam. My experience is that Mollom is more effective than Akismet and spam.module combined.
  • Growing Venture Solutions: Mollom - Out of Beta and Ready to Eat Your Spam (without bothering your normal visitors). The service is now out of Beta and available to large sites that need redundancy and volume analysis for 30 euros/month. That seems like a great deal and they've even got a better deal: most sites with limited needs who are willing to accept occasional server downtime can still get the service for free. Wonderful news.
  • Jan Polzer at Maxiorel: Mollom: komentářový antispam a zkušenosti z praxe. (Czech article)
  • Justin Miller at Code Sorcery: Mollom anti-spam service is out of beta. I've been using Mollom for a few months and have been very happy with it. If you run a blog, even one that isn't in Drupal, I would encourage you to check it out. It's free for many uses, so you lose nothing by at least giving it a shot.
  • Josiah Ritchie: Mollom - The Bullet Proof Vest. All this means, the content on the site is pure, not diluted by the evils of this world. Pure, meaningful and trustworthy content means more activity from your visitors. If their experience in pleasant, not inhibited by spam checking devices or spent filtering spam themselves, they are much more likely to return.
  • Robin Wauters at The Next Web: Mollom drops beta tag in quest to challenge Akismet. In the six months that the Belgium-based company has been beta-testing Mollom, they said to have blocked almost 9 million spam messages on thousands of sites.
  • Glenn Paulley at Sybase: Fighting spam with Mollom. I’ve been using Mollom (as a beta customer) for several months for one of the websites that I manage and the effectiveness of Mollom’s techniques are impressive.
  • Patrick Teglia: It's Best if You Don't See This. So, what makes Mollom different, from a end-user point of view, than the other spam solutions I have tried (Akismet, Spam Karma, etc.)? Nothing, or rather, you have to do nothing, which is a whole lot less than what you do with the others. In fact, you don't have to deal with queues, moderation, constant attention and emails about all of the above. In other words you don't have to do anything. Oh, yeah, and the fact that it just plain works. I have yet to see a spam on my site.
  • Robin Wauters at Tijd.be: Mollom niet langer in beta, krijgt er een betalend broertje bij. (Dutch article)

Thanks for the positive feedback, and I'm glad you like our service.

Mollom for Radiant

Frank Louwers of Openminds (my favorite hosting company), wrote a Mollom extension for the comment extension of Radiant, an Open Source CMS developed in Ruby. The extension is available from Gitub. Thanks Frank!

Mollom out of beta

I'm very proud to announce we've just taken the "beta" label of Mollom and that we made our first commercial product available. Yes, that's right, our door is open for business! In the six months we've been beta-testing Mollom, we've blocked almost 9 million spam messages on thousands of sites. Starting today, we intend to block many, many more.

Our first commercial product

As promised, our most basic service is still free. We make Mollom Free available for free because we think that making spam protection available to as many sites as possible is the right thing to do. While Mollom Free is a great fit for the vast majority of our install base, it is limited to 100 legitimate posts or comments it can process per day. For larger sites, our Mollom Plus service is a great solution, providing protection against post and comment spam for about 1 euro per day. Supporting a volume of 10,000 legitimate posts per day, and backed-up by multiple Mollom servers in data centers around the world, Mollom Plus is designed for the needs of large community sites, web businesses and enterprise sites. For the largest sites -- or for customers who have many sites to protect -- we're also rolling out volume licensing. More details regarding Mollom Plus, Mollom Free, and other service plan options are available on the Mollom pricing page and in the Mollom FAQ.

Even if you don't have a large site and you hate spam as much as we do and believe that Mollom's services have reduced the amount of time you're spending policing your content, consider a Mollom Plus subscription to help support our efforts to fight spam. You can buy or upgrade to Mollom Plus starting today!

Mollom FAQ is available

In preparation for moving out of beta, we've updated our FAQ to address the most common questions we've received through email, including new sections detailing our pricing plans and billing arrangements. Still have questions about Mollom services after you've read through our FAQ? Please let us know via our contact form.

Update your sites' profiles

We've made a lot of changes in the last six months, and if you were one of our early beta testers, your Mollom.com profile may now be incomplete. If so, Mollom is still protecting your site, but we do want to keep your profile current. Please take a moment to access the Mollom Site Manager using your Mollom account, and if necessary, update your profile and subscription details. Thanks!

Want to partner with Mollom?

We've created reseller and developer partner programs that provide financial incentives for reselling Mollom Plus subscriptions, developing new Mollom Plus plugins for CMS and web frameworks, and for including Mollom Plus as a component of other packages. We're almost ready to launch these programs so let us know if you're interested. If you are, start selling Mollom Plus to show us you can.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to our beta testers, the many Mollom plugin developers, our great summer intern, and our contractors.

Mollom for DaliCMS

DaliCMS in an Open Source Web 2.0 content management system based on Glassfish, Sun's Open Source application server written in Java. DaliCMS is developed by LodgON and ships with Mollom support out of the box. Instructions on how to configure Mollom are available on this DaliCMS project page. Thanks LodgON!

Backend updates


new CAPTCHA

CAPTCHAs tend to be ugly and spoil the nice design of your site. We thought this shouldn't be the case so we just updated the Mollom servers to serve visually much improved CAPTCHAs based on a rich set of nice TrueType fonts, hope you love 'em.

The use of Mollom in Asia is also increasing. This is why we added improved support for Thai and Japanese. Because these languages don't use whitespace to separate the words in a sentence, special language handling was necessary. Support for more Asian languages is coming soon ...