This plugin disables the XML-RPC API on a WordPress site running 3.5 or above and unsets the X-Pingback header.
Beginning in 3.5, XML-RPC is enabled by default. Additionally, the option to disable/enable XML-RPC was removed. For various reasons, site owners may wish to disable this functionality. This plugin provides an easy way to do so.
- Upload the disable-xml-rpc directory to the
/wp-content/plugins/directory in your WordPress installation
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- XML-RPC is now disabled!
To re-enable XML-RPC, just deactivate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu.
- Is there an admin interface for this plugin?
No. This plugin is as simple as XML-RPC is off (plugin activated) or XML-RPC is on (plugin is deactivated).
- How do I know if the plugin is working?
There are two easy methods for checking if XML-RPC is off. First, try using an XML-RPC client, like the official WordPress mobile apps. Or you can try the XML-RPC Validator, written by Danilo Ercoli of the Automattic Mobile Team – the tool is available at http://xmlrpc.eritreo.it/ with a blog post about it at http://daniloercoli.com/2012/05/15/wordpress-xml-rpc-endpoint-validator/. If you host provides a caching service, make sure to clear your cache before you check with any of the validators.
Completely disables the XML-RPC endpoint and also removes the “X-Pingback” header. No configuration needed. Just install and activate.
Contributors & Developers
“Disable XML-RPC & Unset X-Pingback” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Interested in development?
- Initial release