Technology Insights

Disable Trackbacks In Existing WordPress Blog, Stop WordPress Trackback SPAM

Trackbacks, also known as pingbacks, in WordPress are a great idea however they typically generate a lot of SPAM for little benefit. A trackback is generated within a post on your site by another bloggger linking to your WordPress article. Personally I disable the display of trackbacks in most WordPress sites however I still let the sites backend process trackbacks as it normally would. This means the person generating the trackback assumes that it functions properly and the WordPress site owner still receives notification via email of the trackback or pingback. Recently though my stance is changing to completely disable trackbacks on all posts and to go back and disable it in article that were previously published and disable trackbacks in those as well because the SPAM has been getting more intense over the past 6 months. Use the instructions below to disable trackbacks on your WordPress site.

Technology Errors

iPhone WordPress App Error: XML-RPC Services Are Disabled On This Blog

I recently downloaded and installed the WordPress iPhone application for an easier way to manage blogs from my iPhone. The application provides a really nice interface to manage WordPress blog comments, posts, and pages. The first blog I configured without issue however the second blog would not let me connect providing an error stating XML-RPC services were disabled on the WordPress blog. This is a really easy error to resolve and the details are posted in the error message that appears on your iPhone. Below are instructions and images related to correcting the error message displayed.

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Add Google Content Ads Between Your WordPress Search Results

I have been thinking about the best way to display ads on my WordPress blog search results for a long time because there are numerous options. You could just display content ads at the top, bottom, or both locations, you could add a WordPress plugin, or you could create a custom page with Google custom search results geared for your page. I played around with the latter two options but wasn’t happy with eaither result. One of the ways to do the Google custom search results is using an iFrame and iFrames suck. Anyway I decided to add some custom PHP code to display the ads however I ran into a problem quickly which was the fact that you can only display 3 of the same ad on any one page so if you want to display ads in between each search result it would get a bit more tricky.

Technology Errors

WordPress HighSlide Plugin Error: ‘hs’ is undefined

When integrating Highslide with your WordPress blog there are numerous additions that need to be made outside of actually installing the plugin. First you need to make sure that you have the highslide.css file located in the /wp-content/plugins/highslide/ directory. After that you need to make sure that you add the code listed below to the footer.php file of your blogs theme.

After doing all of this my site was extremelly slow to load. It was taking over a minute to actually load any page that had thumbnails on it. After some debugging I finally noticed a Highslide JavaScript error which is below.

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  1. 'hs' is undefined