WordPress has a feature, which is enabled by default, that allows websites to send and receive trackbacks and pingbacks. Basically this is a method for alerting other sites that you have linked to them. If you recently started blogging, then probably you know about these things, it’s used for linking between sites.
In fact, Pingback and Trackback are same but do kinda different work.
A Trackback can be thought of as an external WordPress comment. If another site using different blogging software links to one of your posts, they can manually send a notification (a trackback) to let you know. Pingbacks are very similar, the only difference is they are automated. This is a type of comment that is created when you link a blog post to another post. For example, you have a blog post and you mentioned to another blog post(using a hyperlink), then the blog owner will see a pingback appear in their comments section that he can approve.
However, today this feature is mostly used by spammers to send thousands of fake trackbacks and pings. For these reasons you probably want to disable these options. In this article, we’ll show you how to do that.
How to disable trackbacks and pingbacks on WordPress posts
From your WordPress menu, open Settings > Discussion Settings and uncheck the “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).”
However, it only turns them off on any new articles that you publish. All your old posts will still have trackbacks and pingbacks enabled. Below we show you how to easily disable trackbacks and pings on existing WordPress posts.
Firstly you need to select all posts by checking the box next to title label.
After that you need to select ‘Edit’ from Bulk Actions drop down and click on the ‘Apply’ button.
In the bulk edit box, you need to look for the pings option and change it to ‘Do not allow’.
Do not forget to click on the update button to save your changes.
We hope this article helped you to disable trackbacks and pingbacks on WordPress posts.