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  • Forgive the ignorance I am about to show here.

    Ok…so I have built a blog on WordPress.
    I believe it’s 2.0.1

    I have enabled the following options:
    Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)
    Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)
    Allow people to post comments on the article

    I can see “incoming links” on the dashboard … but nothing shows up in the comments as trackbacks.

    Here are the factors that may be complicating things.

    1) Link format.
    The support thread I read that was a similar issue had to do with the format of the trackback link.
    While this may be an issue… shouldn’t the pingback functionality STILL work?
    I have tried both methods with no luck.
    But for the sake of compete disclosure…

    I have chosen the permalink format of:
    The trackback URLS seem to show up as:

    When I place the trackback URL into a browser window I get:
    The document has moved here.
    To be honest I’m not sure if that’s supposed to happen or not.
    I EXPECTED to end up at the permalink page.

    So that may be an issue…
    But even if it is why would the pingbacks not be working?

    2) I have anti comment spam plugins running.
    Specifically Bad Behavior & Captcha!
    Not sure if those affect the pinkback / trackback functions – but there’s nothing showing up as needing to be moderated or anything.

    3) I am using a custom theme.
    It’s also completely feasible that I am missing something in the templates I have created.
    I have added the following code to the single post page:
    <!–<?php trackback_rdf(); ?> –>
    and I have added the meta tag
    <link rel=”pingback” href=”” />
    In my header I have also included the following code:
    <?php wp_head(); ?>

    Is there anything else I should be doing?

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  • First off, 2.0.1 is old and had issues. Among other things, security issues. You’ll probably want to update to 2.0.7 or 2.1 before you waste too much time.

    Secondly, and you may know this but I’m not sure from reading above, pingbacks/trackbacks are shown when OTHER blogs link back to you. (more )

    And you may indeed see “Incoming links” on the dashboard and not a corresponding trackback. Incoming links are pages that have your url on ’em. Those sites may not have actually issues a pingback or trackback though.

    Understand that they are incoming.
    I have another site running wordpress that does attempt to notify other blogs (pingback)

    From that blog I have tried just linking in the body (to fire off a pingback) and specifically using the trackback URL in the trackback are of the post page.

    neither are showing up at the other site.
    Though they do apparently show up as incoming links.

    Whether or not other sites send you pingbacks/trackbacks is really up to those other sites. All you can do is allow it or disallow it.

    The “incoming links” is courtesy of and has nothing to do with trackbacks and pingbacks.

    ok… sorry I must not be being very clear.

    I OWN the site that is sending the trackback as well.
    it IS allowed there.

    I mention the incoming links just as a side note.

    The point here is…
    from a site that I can verify DOES attempt to send pingback and trackback info… I can’t get it to show up.

    I’ll mention my first point again: Update to current versions for both sites before wasting too much time on diagnosis.

    Duly noted.
    It’s a stellar idea and I shall do that in the near future.
    BUT… This most likely doesn’t boil down to a version issue there are people on this version that have trackbacks working.
    …and I need to troubleshoot this before a new install. ๐Ÿ™

    Would appreciate anyone who can chime in with ideas on how I can resolve the issue with the current version.

    DougYitbous, seems that we’re having the same problem. For me, the problem has persisted with every upgrade through 2.0.7. I’ve tried to solve it at times, unsuccesfully, as described in these threads:

    Let me know if you find a solution.

    Thanks halsnalle.
    I will pass along any info I find – please do the same.

    Come on there are obviously some wicked smart people here.
    +8,000 cool points to the one that figures this out.

    I just used to test my OUTBOUND trackback and pinkbacks.
    They went out and were accepted by the destination site as expected.
    So my problem is purely RECIEVING trackbacks and pingbacks.


    1. On your blog, do you have this sort of thing in the header of the html?
    <link rel="pingback" href="" />
    The relevant code to generate this should be in your theme’s header as this:
    <link rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo('pingback_url'); ?>" />

    2. Does the xmlrpc.php file exist?

    Beyond that, there’s really little to check. If you’re running a spam blocker like Akismet or Bad Behavior, check to see if they are blocking the pingbacks.

    Trackbacks are a bit more direct. Somebody has to use your trackback URI, which maps to the /wp-trackback.php file. Make sure it’s there and accessible.

    yup the pingback link tag is in there.
    xmlrpc.php is there and accessible.

    Trackbacks don’t even work.
    I have tried referencing the wp-trackback.php file directly… no luck.

    At the site that SENDS the ping or trackback the url referenced shows up in the “already pinged” list.

    Nothing Errors out… but nothing shows up at the site that us supposed to get the trackback.

    This may drive me mad.

    Hej dรคr,

    Turns out that after upgrading to 2.1 I receive spam trackbacks… Always a start. No non-spam ones so far, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it just works all of a sudden.

    ok I upgraded to 2.1

    Still can’t RECIEVE trackbacks or pingbacks.
    I can send them out just fine.

    ๐Ÿ™ wth is going on…


    now on 2.1
    got trackback and ping backs to work but had to disable ALL plugins and also make sure the the author’s name and email was NOT required.

    If I enabled Akismet things still worked… but anything else or anything + Akismet killed trackbacks and pingbacks. (and in this case too I had to make sure the the author’s name and email was NOT required.)

    I know there are sites out there that use Akismet and Bad Behavior as well as require email and name. They have Trackbacks showing up like crazy.

    So… any ideas.
    Any one…
    I’ll send you a cigar…

    I’ve also recently upgraded to 2.1 and am having the same troubles as Doug.

    By simply disabling Akismet and unchecking the author name/email box, trackbacks starting working but not pingbacks. (receiving trackbacks.)

    All this is present and correct:


    1. On your blog, do you have this sort of thing in the header of the html?
    <link rel=”pingback” href=”” />
    The relevant code to generate this should be in your theme’s header as this:
    <link rel=”pingback” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘pingback_url’); ?>” />

    2. Does the xmlrpc.php file exist?

    I also have a testblog running on 2.1 with the identical theme as the blog I’m having problems with. Turning off all plugins enabled be to send and receive trackbacks, but pingbacks still wouldn’t work. Switching themes to default also had no effect.

    So, I have one blog that can only receive trackbacks by doing the same as Doug, but can’t send them or receive or send pingbacks. The testblog with no plugins and the default theme can only send and receive trackbacks and can’t do anything with pingbacks.

    Both blogs are also redirecting the /trackback/ to its permalink when you click on the trackback link, irrespective of what theme is used.

    I’ll up the ante and send anybody a box of cigars. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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