Trackbacks and Pingbacks are mostly used as comment spam even though the purpose of having it in WordPress is something else. There is a difference between trackbacks and pingbacks. Where trackbacks are used to communicate between a website manually, pingbacks does the same automatically with the help of a software.
Before discussing how to manage trackbacks and pingpacks in WordPress, let us first understand both the terms.
What is Trackbacks in WordPress
Suppose you have a great article in your blog and I want to comment on that. Instead of giving comments on your blog, I want my readers to see my opinion on that issue in my blog and at the same time wants them to comment on my opinion.
In this kind of situation, I will post on my blog and send you a trackback to accept. On accepting the trackback, it will be displayed as a comment on your blog with a link to my blog. The idea behind trackbacks is that more people can be introduced to the conversation.
What is Pingbacks in WordPress
Pingbacks work similar to trackbacks with a small difference. In our above example instead of sending trackbacks, what I will do is that after writing the article I will link it to your blog.
If both of our blogs have enabled pingbacks then automatically a pingback will be sent to you from my blog. After you receive the pingback I will get a confirmation. Pingbacks can be shown as a link in your comment section or link with excerpt of my post. It depends on your theme.
Managing trackbacks and pingbacks in WordPress
To prevent comment spam, you can always disable it for a particular post or for the entire site. There are multiple ways to do it in WordPress. We will show you how to manage trackbacks and pingbacks in WordPress by disabling it either for the entire site or for a particular post or page.
Disabling trackbacks and pingbacks for the entire site
To disable for the entire site go to Settings and then discussion. Look for “allow link notification from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)”. Now uncheck this option to disable it for all future posts.
Disabling trackbacks and pingbacks for a particular post or page
The above changes will not affect the settings of existing posts. By which all existing posts will have this trackbacks and pingbacks function. To disable it for all existing posts you have to go to Posts from your WordPress admin menu.
By selecting all posts, select edit option from the bulk action option and then click on apply. Now you can edit trackbacks and pingbacks for all the selected posts. To do that you need to select “Do Not Allow” option from the pings section and click on update to apply it to all selected posts.
By not allowing trackbacks and pingbacks you can prevent comment spam in your blog. If you have problems of getting spam through your comment form then read our article on “how to prevent comment spam in WordPress”.