Do you want to disable trackbacks and pings on your existing WordPress posts?
Trackbacks and pingbacks notify you that another blog has linked to your content and vice versa. However, spammers often abuse this feature by sending trackbacks and pings from spam websites.
In this article, we will show you how to disable trackbacks and pingbacks on your existing WordPress posts.
Why Disable Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress?
In the early days of blogging, trackbacks and pingbacks allowed blogs to notify each other about links.
Let’s imagine you write an article and link to a post on your friend’s blog. Your blog will automatically send a ping to that person’s blog.
This pingback will appear in their blog’s comment moderation queue with a link to your website. However, today, spammers often use this feature to send fake trackbacks and pings.
Even if you are using Akismet, some of these trackbacks may still get into your WordPress moderation queue.
You can disable the trackbacks and pingbacks feature by going to Settings » Discussion in the WordPress dashboard. Then, just uncheck the box next to ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts’.
Keep in mind that this setting only disables trackbacks and pingbacks for any new articles you publish. All your old posts will still have trackbacks and pingbacks enabled.
With that in mind, let’s see how you can easily disable trackbacks and pingbacks on existing WordPress posts.
Disable Trackbacks and Pings for WordPress Posts
The easiest way to disable trackbacks and pings across your entire WordPress website is by using the bulk edit feature.
First, you will need to change the pagination settings so that all your posts appear on the same screen. To do this, go to Posts » All Posts and then click on the Screen Options button in the top right corner of the screen.
By default, WordPress shows 20 posts per page.
To change this, simply type a new number into the ‘Number of items per page’ box. To update all your WordPress blogs, it’s a good idea to type in a high number, such as 999.
After that, click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will reload the post list and show all the blogs you have created.
Now, you can select all the posts by checking the box next to ‘Title’.
After that, open the dropdown that shows ‘Bulk Actions’ by default and select ‘Edit’.
Then, just click ‘Apply.’
WordPress will now show the bulk edit settings for all these posts.
Simply open the ‘Pings’ dropdown menu and select ‘Do not allow’.
Finally, just click on the ‘Update’ button to save your changes and disable pings and trackbacks in WordPress.
If you have more than 999 posts on your WordPress blog, then you will need to visit the next page and repeat the process.
We hope this article helped you learn how to easily disable trackbacks and pings on existing WordPress posts. You may also want to see our list of the best WordPress SEO plugins and tools or our guide on how to increase your blog traffic.