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What Is The Purpose of Pings Tracback??

  • I’m looking for a good explanation of what Pings and Trackback pings are for? I am clueless about what the use for this is.
    Kevin

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  • Pingback lets you notify the author of an article if you link to his article(article on a blog, of course). If the links you include in an article you write on a blog lead to a blog which is pingback-enabled, then the author of that blog gets a notification in the form of a pingback that you linked to his article.
    Trackback, on the other hand helps you to notify another author that you wrote something related to what he had written on his blog. So that the other author will sit up and notice that you gave him credit for something, or that you improved upon something he wrote, or something similar.
    With pingback and trackback, blogs are interconnected.
    Think of them as the equivalents of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper, or a chapter in a textbook.

    Thanks. Now How Do You Know You’ve Been Pinged? Access Logs?
    Kevin

    When you have been pinged, the ping appears along with your comments.
    When you get a trackback, that too is listed on the same page as your comments.
    Try pingingback another entry on your blog by including the url of that post/entry in a new entry, and turning the “pingback urls in this post automatically” options.
    Also try trackback by entering the trackback url for another entry. It should work fine.

    Thank you very much. I have never paid much attention to the “Blog” technology until I bumped into WP about the middle of March this year. I don’t even remember how or why, I think I must have seen a site that was using it that attracted my attention so I clicked on the link to see what WP was. I’ve been going at it ever since.
    Kevin

    My pleasure!
    Hope you have a good ride 🙂

    Thank you for that wonderful explanation! I too have always wondered what those two things were for, and wondered if I should bother turning them on. Now I see that I should. Thanks again 🙂

    Gald to be of help! I added it to the GlossaryofTerms WikiPage.

    I thought there was already something about PingBack/TrackBack in the Wiki? Did it get deleted?

    I checked in GlossaryofTerms, and, finding a vacuum, filled it.

    If on the other hand you had done a search you would have found:
    http://wiki.wordpress.org/index.php/TrackBack
    and http://wiki.wordpress.org/index.php/PingBack.

    My bad! Well, I did not harm anyone, and the Wiki is, I beleive, a free document, open to changes. I tried to answer a question, and since it helped a couple of people, I thought I should make a note of the answer for someone else to use in the future. So forgive me, but I was using the Wiki as I pleased.

    No problem. Its in the nature of Wikis to be chaotic. I just thought that in future, a simple search would save you and other people attempting to write ‘documentation’ from reinventing the wheel. But of course its up to you how you use your time.

    >>But of course its up to you how you use your time.
    You are absolutely right about that!

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