Trackbacks and pingbacks were developed in blogging as way to notify bloggers when certain things took place on their blogs. These tools are available in WordPress and so as a WordPress user, I believe you need to have a clear understanding about them. The two play a very important role in any WordPress site. In this blog post, I will explain what trackbacks and pingbacks are in WordPress and why you should or should not approve them.
What are Trackbacks?
To be able to understand what trackbacks are I want you to imagine this:
Your friend Josh wrote a blog post about how much he loves soccer. You also want to write a blog post about soccer an include something Josh said. So, you’d mention his post by copying his trackback URL or something similar in your own blog post. Your friend Josh will then be notified about the trackback so he can see what you had to say about soccer.
Basically, a trackback is a way of asking someone if you could reference what they had just said in your own conversation.
What are Pingbacks?
Pingbacks are just like trackbacks, though with a few difference.
A simple explanation of pingbacks are would be:
When researching about your new article, you come across a great article talking about a topic you are researching on. And so when you are writing your new article, you decide to include a link to the website you had come across earlier. Here is what will happen. If the website you are linking to has pingbacks enabled, the owner of the website will get a notification and choose to allow a link from your article to appear on their website.
Pingbacks are commonly displayed as a comment.
Do You Really Need to Enable Trackbacks and Pingbacks in WordPress
The truth is, trackbacks and pingbacks are not as popular as they used to be. They can be a good way for you or others to share opinions on the topic via the publishing platform but once you get popular, you will begin to receive spam trackbacks and pingbacks. This is why most bloggers choose to disable trackbacks and pingbacks in WordPress.
To enable or disable trackbacks and pingbacks in WordPress, log on to your admin dashboard. Go to Settings >> Discussions. Under the Discussions Settings, go to Default article settings and choose to check or un-check “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles”.
Finally, scroll down and click the button labeled, “Save Changes”.
Trackbacks and pingbacks may not be useful anymore but I think it is important that you know what they are and how they work.
Trackbacks and pingbacks are just but notifications you can use in WordPress. A pingback is a type that is created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. And they are displayed as comments. Trackbacks,