The API key is needed when activating Akismet in WordPress.org. So basically, anyone with a WordPress.org site will still need to sign up to WordPress.com to get an API key.
(Akismet is a must-have, automatically installed plugin that stops spam comments before they reach you.)
Anyway, I just spent 10 minutes searching for mine. Every search I did, in Google or in the WordPress forums, brought me to the same useless article (useless considering what I was trying to do). So let me quickly tell you how to find your API key. This assumes you already have a WordPress.com account – if you don’t, go to the “useless” article which won’t feel so useless anymore).
Note: Your API key is nowhere to be found in your WordPress.com dashboard (even if someone tries to tell you otherwise). So you can stop looking now.
Probably the easiest way to find your API key is to do a search in your email. You were emailed the key when you first signed up to WordPress.com.
The other way
- Click on this link.
- Enter the email address connected with your WordPress.com account.
- Click “Continue.”
- Check your email.
That is the easiest way to retrieve it.
And where does it go?
In the sidebar of your WordPress.org dashboard, under Plugins, click on Akismet Configeration.
And that’s it!