This is by far the strangest I've experinced... Hoping someone can help me out here?

So if I were to create post named Hello World. Then create a new post called "test" with a link to post Hello World's absolute url. Then automatic there is a comment to "Hello World" named:

Hello World | DomainName blog
[…] Hello World[…]

How would I go about disabling that?


This kind of automatic comments are called "trackbacks" and "pingbacks". They are a blogging feature that consists of automatically notifying blogs that are linked to from an article when said article is published. This notification appears as a kind of comment on the mentionned article, with a link pointing back to the newly published one.

Specifically in the case described in the question, this is a "self-ping" (as in within your own site).

You can disable both emitting and receiving trackback in WordPress as follow:

  • To stop emitting trackbacks and pingbacks: Settings > Discussion > Default Article settings: Uncheck "Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article

  • To stop receiving trackbacks and pingbacks on future articles: Settings > Discussion > Default Article settings: Uncheck "Allow link notifications from other blogs". This setting will serve as default from future article, but does not affect existing articles.

  • To stop receiving trackbacks and pingbacks on existing articles: You can disable trackbacks for each article individually just like you can disable comments. From the edit screen, hit "screen options" at the top right and make sure "Discussion" is checked. Scroll to the "Discussion" box below the content editor, you'll find two checkboxes to enable/disable comments and trackbacks, respectively.

  • To only prevent self-pings without disabling trackbacks and pingbacks to/from other blogs, the solution is to use relative URLs in your post when linking to other posts on the same site (as opposed to absolute urls starting with http)

Reference and more information: https://make.wordpress.org/support/user-manual/building-your-wordpress-community/trackbacks-and-pingbacks/

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