Setting up reCAPTCHA v2 – “I’m not a robot” checkbox

When you include the Email sharing button, Shared Counts will recommend you Enable Email reCAPTCHA.

If you don’t enable reCAPTCHA, bots could use your email sharing form for spam which could make your site appear to be spammy in the eyes of Google and email clients. It can also slow down your server if bots are heavily using the form.

Setup is pretty simple. Click the Learn More link shown in the settings page, which takes you here.

Click “Admin Console” in the top right corner, then the “+” sign in the top right to add a new property.

Give the website a label (ex: the site name), select v2, and type all the domains on which this will be used. If you have any development or staging environments for your site, include those URLs here so the email sharing form will work there too.

Check “Accept”, then click “Submit” at the bottom.

You’ll be given two separate keys – a Site Key and a Secret Key. Copy both of these to their respective fields on the Shared Counts settings page, then save the settings.

Now you’ll have the “I’m not a robot” checkbox in the email sharing form.

Published by Bill Erickson

Bill Erickson is a freelance WordPress developer and a contributor to the Genesis framework. For the past 14 years he has worked with attorneys, publishers, corporations, and non-profits, building custom websites tailored to their needs and goals.