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  • Can someone please explain the difference between a Trackback and a permalink? As far as I can tell, they are both URLs – is this correct? Are they the same URL? Is Trackback a MT thing? Thanks.

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  • Mark (podz)


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    Permalink is a Permanent Link, on your blog, to that entry.
    Trackback is a link that is sent from one blog to another, usually about a notable entry.
    They aren’t the same URL (the end differs) and no, it’s not a MT thing 🙂

    I see… but I hope you have the patience to answer some follow up questions:
    I’ve noticed I can discover my Trackback URI by clicking on link to show Comments – there is a line that reads:
    The URI to TrackBack this entry is: http://whatever
    But how do I discover my permalink URI? Can I change the permalink URI? For example, let’s say I want my “permanent” entries stored in a separate directory on my web server, and in a different format, from the rest of my blog? How do I configure this?

    Mark (podz)


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    Your permalink URI is the title of your post.
    You can get this by right-clicking on a title and ‘copy link location’, or by clicking on the link and looking at the address bar in the browser.
    Why do you want to change it and what to ?
    As for storing elsewhere …. not sure, but you could look at
    and it may be possible to tweak that to display the information from your blog.

    I see. So, the Permalink looks something like this:
    — this is what appears in the address bar of my browser when I click on the title of the entry.
    What I’m trying to do is store the entry (the permalink) in a different format (different stylesheet) and without any comments.
    So if someone uses RSS to find the entry, he only sees the original article. If he wants to see comments, the permalink entry will have a link back to the main index.php where the teaser portion of all the various entries appear with their corresponding comments.
    I need to keep the permalink entry and the comments separate for a reason. So, each “entry” is really only the first few sentences of the full entry, which appears in its entirety elsewhere, without comments.
    I will look at the information you suggested. If you can provide any other guidance on how to do this I would be extremely grateful.

    Ya know, if I could modify the permalink template (i.e. whatever template is used when I click on the title of the entry) so that no comments appear, and have it use different CSS styles, that would do it. I could have a separate template for posting/viewing comments. The idea here is to keep as much of this in native WP code as I can.

    WordPress doesn’t have templates for individual entry pages, so you are going to need to use the $single variable to control their appearance. If you aren’t familiar with conditional statements in php, you may need to find somebody who is.

    What you also can do is syndicate only the content of your posts, without the comments. You can even choose between the full post and a summary only.

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