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How to Add Google Invisible reCAPTCHA in WordPress

google recaptcha tutorial

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to easily set up the Google invisible reCaptcha on your WordPress website. This will help you stop spam, fraud and abuse on your WordPress posts, pages, forms, or even checkouts. 

What sets the invisible reCaptcha apart from the other versions of reCaptcha is that it does not require a user to click on a checkbox, it is instead invoked directly when a user clicks on a button on the website.

Note: the digits in brackets e.g. (00:02) indicate the minutes of that exact explanation in the video so you can easily jump to that section and follow along.

Video: Google Invisible reCAPTCHA Setup Tutorial

Install Google reCaptcha WordPress Plugin

Log into your WordPress website then go to Plugins > Add New, search for Invisible reCaptcha then  install and activate it (02:11)

Google Invisible reCAPTCHA plugin

After you install and activate, go to Settings, then click on the Invisible reCaptcha option. 

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Create reCaptcha Site and Secret Key

Here, you need to add your Site Key and Secret Key. To be able to generate these, you need to have a Gmail account.

Go to google.com/recaptcha then click on Admin Console (02:39)

Under Label enter your site name.

Under reCaptcha type, select version 2 then select the Invisible reCaptcha badge option. 

Under Domains, add your URL, then accept the terms and click the Submit button.

You’ll be given the site key and secret key (03:10), copy them, and paste them into your plugin.

On the Language option, choose to automatically detect. Position the badge on the bottom right or wherever you want it (03:34), then save changes.

You can choose where you want your reCaptcha badge to appear, for example when you go to the WordPress option, you can enable it on your login (that is yourwebsite .com/wp-admin), so you can be protected from unwanted logins.

You can enable it on comment forms, registration forms, and password resets (04:16), when you’re done save changes.

Google Invisible reCAPTCHA setup

If you’re running an ECommerce website you can still choose the options where to enable your badge.

On the Contact Forms option, you can check all the options where to enable your reCaptcha, then save changes

Open up your website in a new browser to preview your reCaptcha (05:06)

To Read: Google Site Kit Plugin Setup Tutorial

Add Google reCAPTCHA in WPForms 

If you’re using WPForms as your form plugin, go to WPForms > Settings > reCAPTCHA (05:20), select the invisible reCaptcha option, enter your site key and secret key then save your settings.

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In closing

That’s how you can protect your WordPress website from spam and abuse by using the Google invisible reCaptcha service.

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