How to disable trackbacks and pingbacks in wordpress

WordPress has the default option to receive and send pings/trackbacks from and to other sites. Unfortunately because of hundreds of spam trackbacks comments sometimes it is better to disable trackback/pingback.

Trackbacks – are created manually
Pingbacks – are automated

In addition there has been news around for sometime that hackers have been using WordPress Pingback feature to attack website. So I have turn off trackbacks all together from my site and you can do this also through the admin dashboard without any coding or plugins.

Step 1: Click SETTINGS > than click DISCUSSION and than under the first heading, Default article settings, DE-SELECT the check box for Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).

Disable trackback and pingback from wordpress

Disable trackback and pingback from wordpress

Click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page and that’s it – you won’t get trackbacks anymore. It’s as simple as that.

Step 2: Delete existing spam comments by visiting COMMENTS and send all spam comments to MOVE TO TRASH (Delete)

Step 3: Now some of you have sent me email that even by following above two steps you are still receiving trackback/pingback. Yes that is possible because at the level of post there is option whether to receive trackback/pingback and if you check option there you may still get the spam. Similarly perhaps you might have published post before and in those you might have allowed trackback/pingback which you need to uncheck and that’s it. 🙂

Uncheck trackback pingback in DISCUSSION option below each post in WordPress

Uncheck trackback pingback in DISCUSSION option below each post in WordPress









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