How to Disable Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress

Are you seeing more spam trackbacks listed in WordPress comments?

A trackback helps to notify another author that something related was written to what the they wrote, even if you don’t have an explicit link to his article. This improves the chances of the other author sitting up and noticing 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.

That’s the way they are supposed to work. But spammers are also using them to bring unwanted comments into your site.

A pingback is an actual link to another blog contained within a post. 

To prevent the unwanted trackbacks and pings you can disable them in WordPress. Here’s how….

Disabling trackbacks and pings can be done in 2 places.

Overall under WordPress Settings > Discussion.  Uncheck the box next to allow link notifications from other blogs. settings-discussion
This will only apply to new posts.

To prevent trackbacks and pings on existing posts you’ll need to edit each one individually.

Open the post for editing and go to Screen Options at the top of the browser window to make sure that the discussion box is checked so it appears under the editor.

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Then scroll down to find the discussion task pane and uncheck the boxes. You can disable comments if you like as well.
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Trackbacks and pings can also be place on you media files. You will need to follow the instructions above to disable them by opening each image for editing.

If you’re not getting a lot of trackback spam you can simply keep deleting it from comment moderation. However, if you’re getting so much that it is making you crazy you can mas disable site wide via the database by following the instructions at WPBeginner.com post.. If that freaks you out, contact me and I will do it for you for a nominal fee.

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How to Open WordPress Menu Link in New Window

There’s a little known button concealed in the screen options menu that will allow you to have your links open in a new browser window.

Standard web practice is NOT to have links open in new windows as it is thought that in the end there would be to many windows open which will inconvenience the user.

It’s acceptable to have some external links, like social media open in new windows. Also links to documents like PDF’s is good practice to open in a new window.

So where is this mysterious function? Start by navigating to Appearance > Menus in the admin menu of your WordPress site.

Step 1

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1. Navigate to Appearance and click on Menus


Step 2
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2. Look up to the top right corner and click on the Screen Options tab


Step 3
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3. Check the box next to Link Target by clicking on it


Step 4
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4. Click on the menu item that you want to open in a new window and check the box next to “open link in a new window/tab”

It’s always easy when you know where things are.

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WordPress Single Image Gallery

The WordPress Media Library has come along way since I start using WordPress back at version 2.6. Internet connections are faster too (is anyone still on dial-up?). Having faster computers and lightening speed internet means that we don’t have to use thumbnail images as much.

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You have probably seen this concept on sites like This is Colossal and others. I decided to use this WordPress single image gallery on my fine art site  as is evident from the image to the left.

To do this insert  large uncropped images (meaning no thumbnails) directly on the page using WordPress’s built-in media library.

If you link the image to the media file, when people click on it, it will enlarge to full size but on a white screen. To avoid this and have the image pop up to full size use a plugin like Auto Thickbox

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The other option is to have the image open on the image attachment template should your theme have one. All Artbiz David themes have an image attachment template.

The last option is not to link the image at all. Often the large image on the page is large enough and doesn’t require an enlargement

For all the options for inserting images review this tutorial or this one at WordPress.org


Here’s some guidelines that will help format and make this type of WordPress single image gallery look and work the best.

  1. Because the images are going to be large it is imperative that they load fast. Optimize your images for the web!
  2. Make sure all the images are the same width. This blocks the images into a clean and simple column.
  3. Align the images with the “none” option so they stack nicely.
  4. If you add metadata to your jpegs using Photoshop the data will be extracted to fill in the image description only. You will want to copy and paste that into the image caption box so it shows under the image.

A number of artists I threw this out to on my Facebook page are looking for alternatives to NextGen-Gallery  plugin.  I think there’s a way to use both as can be seen on the Face series at my fine art site. 

 

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Insert a Single Image from NextGen Gallery

Once you have images in NextGen Gallery you can use them throughout WordPress posts and pages. This tutorial will show you how to insert a single image from NextGen Gallery on to any post or page.

You can always upload images into the media library for use as feature or post images but if you have already uploaded the image to a gallery you can access these images for use elsewhere. One really good reason to use the gallery images as post images is to save space on your server. After all it is a bit redundant to upload the same image over again.

So without further adieu this is how to insert a single image from NextGen Gallery

1. Open the page or post you want the image to appear.
2. Click the “Add Media” button on the top left of the editor
3. Once the media library window opens looks for NextGen Gallery on the left and click that link.

4. On the next screen select the gallery from the drop down menu  where it says “No Gallery”.

5. Once you have located the image click the “show” link to reveal some options.

6. The description does not show on the page under the image like a caption does. It will however show on the image enlargement of the lightbox  from NextGen Gallery plugin if you select to link to the media file.

To show the entire image and not a cropped version select “Singlepic”.  Select the desired alignment and then “Insert into Post” button.

 

7. Once inserted the actual image is not seen but rather a short code that calls in the image.  It looks similar to this >> [ singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=left ]

The image can also be used as the feature image if you select that option.

That is how you insert a single image from NextGen Gallery onto a page or post in WordPress.  Any Questions?

 

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Quick Steps to Create & Link NextGen Gallery

These three quick step lists should help you remember how to do the common tasks required to create and link NextGen Gallery.

Create and link a gallery to a page

  1. Create the gallery and upload your images
  2. Inside the gallery’s top task pane click the button that says add page.
  3. Go to Appearance > Menus and add the new page to the menu and save.

If you want the new gallery to also appear in the album

  1. Go to Gallery > Album
  2. Select the album from the drop down menu
  3. Drag and drop the new gallery into the album and save.

If you want to add a gallery to an existing page or post

  1. Open the page or post in the editor
  2. Place your cursor in the editor where you want the galley to appear
  3. Using the “Add Gallery” icon on the top row in the editor select the gallery you want from the drop down menu and insert, then update your page.
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How to Copy and Paste a Link

You will find many uses for it so I am going to show you How to Copy and Paste a Link URL.

First it would be handy to know some internet lingo, specifically URL. URL is an acronym for uniform resource locator which is basically a web address. So when I say copy and paste the URL you now know it’s the web address.

Where to find the URL

All pages on the internet have a unique URL which can be found in the address bar of the web browser.

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Browser Address Bar in Chrome

How to copy a URL

1. Navigate to the page you want and copy the URL by highlighting it all with your mouse, right-click and copy. It is now copied to your clipboard.

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2. Now navigate to where you want to paste the URL and right-click and paste.

It is important to know that pasting a URL does not automatically add a hyperlink to it.  Nor should you be using a URL as the link text for a hyperlink. This is because most URL’s are not pretty and don’t have meaning. Read more about meaningful hyperlinks here.

Pasting a URL on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter will dynamically turn the URL into a hyperlink. That’s unique to them.

Now that you know where and what a URL is you’ll be able to copy and paste it in all sorts of places.  I’m now going to copy the URL of this page and paste it into Facebook, you can too.

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