Trackbacks in WordPress are a feature that notifies you when other websites link to your posts. While this can be beneficial for networking and content sharing, some users prefer to disable trackbacks to reduce spam and streamline their website’s functionality.

Here’s a concise guide on how to disable trackbacks in WordPress.

Steps to Disable trackbacks and pings using Ecenica WordPress Manager

  1. Login to Ecenica Dashboard.
  2. From the main menu, click Services, My Services.
  3. Click Manage next to your Ecenica WordPress Hosting plan you wish to manage.
  4. Click WordPress Manager
  5. Click the down arrow to open your website’s options.
    Opening WordPress Manager website options.
  6. Click Security Measures.
  7. Enable Turn off pingbacks.
  8. Click Apply.

Steps to disable trackbacks and pings in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Settings in the left-hand menu then click Discussion.
  3. Find the section titled Default article settings.
  4. Uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles.”
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the Discussion Settings page and click the Save Changes to apply the new settings.

Steps to disable trackbacks and pings on your existing posts in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Click Posts > All Posts
  2. Select all posts, click the Bulk Actions drop-down list, select Edit and click Apply
  3. Click the Pings drop-down list, select Do not allow and click Update

Steps to disable trackbacks and pings using wp-cli

WP-CLI command to disable pings and trackbacks by default

wp option update default_pingback_flag "" | wp option update default_ping_status ""

WP-CLI command to disable pings and trackbacks for existing posts

wp post list --ping_status=open --format=ids | xargs wp post update --ping_status=closed

Disabling trackbacks in WordPress can help streamline your website’s functionality and reduce spam. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can easily turn off trackbacks globally for new posts and also for existing posts on your WordPress websites.