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DreamHost and Receiving Pingbacks (26 posts)

  1. I know, there are numerous people who have reported problems with receiving pingbacks. This is more of a confirmation request.

    Are any of you DreamHost customers out there suddenly having problems receiving pingbacks? All of my blogs have suddenly stopped receiving pingbacks. It may be due to DH disabling allow_url_fopen(), but I thought that they disabled that a week ago.

    If you need to test your ability to receive pingbacks, Podz has setup a blog just for that purpose: http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/TestTrack/

    If you are a DreamHost customer, please respond with whether or not you are able to receive pingbacks. If you know that it's due to DreamHost disabling allow_url_fopen(), and you have a work-around, please post that as well.

  2. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The explanation on how to use the Trackback tester is in fine print and hard to find. And a little hard to understand how it is supposed to work. Can you give a quick step by step so we can test our pings and trackbacks? Thanks.

  3. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm sorting that on the above link now.

  4. Marc
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just login to the test page. Enter some simple text in the post entry, ie: "this tests trackback" for example.

    Place the TB url from one of your blog entries in the correct box then and publish the entry.

    Then check your entry to see if you received it.

  5. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Done.
    I have the TB's already, but no pings - that is almost certainly due to the build of 1.5.1 I have running.

  6. lbessant

    Posted 9 years ago #

    On DH. Using Podz's very useful test blog[1], my conclusion is that Pingbacks don't get through, but Trackbacks work just fine. On my site, anyway.

    [1] Thanks, Podz :-)

  7. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Dreamhost has disabled fopen on their servers and several important parts of WP no longer work. We have been in contact with them about this and hope to have a fix in 1.5.1.

  8. Dreamhost has disabled fopen on their servers and several important parts of WP no longer work.

    Ouch ::faith in DreamHost dwindling:: Would you mind shedding some light on what those several important parts are? I may be able to find some work-arounds.

  9. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'd find that helpful, too, Matt. I've been thinking that the only thing that could explain the variances in can/can't send/receive pingbacks/trackbacks would be differences in server setup.

    I've just tested my two 1.2 blogs; both send/receive PBs but don't sendTBs (I *know* TB receive is working due to the TB spam I'd gotten earlier).

    I'm off to check into fopen. FWIW, I'm at Verio (not Dreamhost) on a couple of virtual private servers.

    Does anyone know whether pingback is as virtually accepted a technology as trackback? (That is, given that PBs/TBs are not blocked on specific blogs.)

  10. Well, I can say that I've never been able to pingback any posts on MovableType blogs, PHPNuke, or Drupal. So, I'd say that while pingback is easier than trackback, trackback is more widely accepted.

  11. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks, macmanx. Guess I was lucky early on in my blogging "career" that the few people I pingbacked happened to have WP. Guess I have some work cut out for me.

  12. DianeV, can you confrm whether or not your host has allow_url_fopen() enabled?

  13. nscott
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Can I assume that this disabling of fopen in Dreamhost is also the reason my wordpress plugin manager 1.7 doesn't work anymore? I get the message "remote file opening disable on this install of php."

    I also have a problem with pingbacks and the automatic update of wpblacklist.

    Is the best solution just waiting for the release of 1.5.1? Has that been announced?

  14. brainwidth
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm on Dreamhost using their stock "one-click" installation of 1.5, so here's another datapoint: Using the very useful test blog, I determined that I can successfully send both trackbacks and pingbacks, and I can receive trackbacks, but I can't seem to receive pingbacks.

  15. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    nscott, that is correct. I've lost my plugin manager, Amazon plugin, and a few other things. They say you can still use most things with curl (?) but I have no idea what that would entail. I've just switched to what I hope is a host that's a bit better for me :(

  16. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "They say you can still use most things with curl (?) but I have no idea what that would entail"
    It'll mean you have to rewrite the components that use fopen to use curl instead. Only really a viable option for those who have some knowledge of php.

  17. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ifelse, don't I know it. You should see the mess of code I made trying to "fix" it. A true programmer/coder wouldn't know whether to laugh or cry if they saw it :)

  18. Jennmiller, your best option would be to ask the plugin developer if he/she knows a way around it, and send him/her this article as well: http://blog.unitedheroes.net/archives/p/1630/

  19. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks, macmanx, but I finally "bit the bullet" and transferred. That will free up some space to keep DH working great for the others ;)

  20. Cypher
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    For those on Dreamhost or other hosts that have disabled allow_url_fopen and want to use the WP Plugin Manager, I have made it work with CURL and have emailed the plugin author about releasing it.

    Thus far, it's been almost a week and half and I haven't heard back from the author yet, so not sure what to do with my mods. :)

    Regards

  21. brainwidth
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Cypher, the WP Plugin Manager is released under the GPL, so you could release your own version under the same license.

  22. Cypher
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    True enough. Then I will do so for those suffering without this plugin. :)

  23. mo2this
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    trackback works for me at the test URL ( http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/TestTrack ), but not to other blogs for example run on MT. I am hosted at dreamhost .. can someone tell me if my problem is due to the same function of fopen as described here? ... Thank you

  24. Problem solved! ...I moved to BlueHost...

  25. creepigurl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    em"For those on Dreamhost or other hosts that have disabled allow_url_fopen and want to use the WP Plugin Manager, I have made it work with CURL and have emailed the plugin author about releasing it."em

    Cypher ~ have you had a chance to release your version of WP Plugin Manager? If so where can the file(s) be found?

  26. Since my DH account was still open, I stopped in and put up a test v1.5.1 blog. The changes made to the trackback and pingback system are perfect and trackbacks and pingbacks work perfectly under DreamHost as long as you're using WordPress v1.5.1.

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