Just created a new self-hosted WordPress blog, and among the very first things, I "unchecked" the Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) option under Settings > Discussion.

I was fixing a few things for the to-be-launched-soon blog, when I noticed a pingback on the default "Hello world!" post on my blog.

But I've already disabled pingbacks/trackbacks, so why exactly is this happening? What could be wrong?

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    Jun 6, 2012 at 19:31

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The thing is, the default post has both comments and pingbacks/trackbacks enabled by default. And post or page level settings override the site-wide settings.

So, for ONLY the "Hello world!" post (if you are not deleting it), you'll have to specifically uncheck Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page. option which is available when you check the Discussion option under Screen Options menu:


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