Do I need to use Trackbacks and Pingbacks?
While Trackbacks, Pingbacks, and Comments are useful in some circumstances. Many sites don’t need them so it may be a good idea to disable them. Leaving them enabled, you are often subjected “comment spam” and few or none of the trackbacks/pingbacks are of any use. That is because many of these are submitted by SPAM bots straight to the backend. It often becomes more of a hassle to keep up with moderating the comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks. Unfortunately just turning off these default settings in WordPress is not enough to stop it. It will only prevent these settings from being enabled on future posts and pages. You would have to go back and edit ALL your existing pages and posts to changes the settings for each one which can be very time consuming.
What Does It Do?
This is a utility plugin that runs database operations on your WordPress database to change settings for and clean up unwanted trackbacks, pingbacks, and comments. Without this plugin you would have to change settings in WordPress and go through all your existing pages and posts and update those as well or have to manually execute SQL commands on your database. Simple Trackback Disabler does this for you…Automagically! It centralizes these functions so you can do what needs to be done all in one place. After you’ve done what you need to do you can simply uninstall the plugin or keep it around so you can do periodic checkups to make sure nothing has changed.
Here is what it does:
- It tells you if comments, trackbacks/pingbacks, and the notify other blog settings are enabled in the WordPress settings and allows you to disable them from the plugin page with the press of a button.
- It allows you to see how may pages/posts have pingbacks or comments enabled and allows you to disable each type in bulk.
- It allows you to delete comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks from the plugin page….even the malformed ones.
- You don’t have to manually edit your existing pages and posts individually.
- You don’t need to run any SQL statements on your database.
- Supports WordPress installations with non-standard database prefixes.
- This plugin HAS NOT been tested on WordPress MultiSite. While in theory it should install and work fine when used on individual sites in the Network, there is currently no functionality to support the plugin functions across all the sites in the network at one time.
Installation and Use
- Install Simple Trackback Disabler either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server
- Activate the plugin
- From the your sites administration page, go to “TOOLS” then to “TRACKBACK DISABLER”
- Perform the functions one at a time listed on the page base on your needs.
How Can I Help?
Well…the plugin is offered for download for FREE. The WordPress community has been good to me so this is my contribution back. That said, it does take time to develop and test a plugin and keep it up to date. If you found the plugin helpful and appreciate how much time it saved you…consider making a small donation via PayPal to support it’s development.