Blogging Tip

If you’re using WordPress or another engine that has Pingback functionality, might I suggest that either 1) You disable that option or 2) You either ping or send a TrackBack to a given post? Personally, I recommend option 1). I’ve yet to figure out the utility of Pingback, given that it’s not nearly ubiquitous while TrackBack is.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Jay says:

    I’d noticed your blog shows both pings and trackbacks, while others don’t. Wondered what was different about it.

  2. Jay says:

    Ah, I forgot…

    In WordPress the pingbacks are optional and not related to trackbacks. It’s actually better to turn pingbacks off for speed of the post saving.

    In pMachine, trackbacks only work after pings are turned on. I seem to recall a great deal of frustration trying to get trackbacks to work before someone let us in on the secret.

    One would hope Expression Engine does not work the same way.

  3. DeWaun says:

    I found this article on a blog about Trackbacks vs. Pingbacks. It might be useful.

  4. Paul says:

    Thank you DeWaun, some of us had no idea what was being spoken about.

Blogging Tip

If you’ve got a blog that incorporates the TrackBack feature, it would be a good idea to put a link to the TrackBack URL somewhere where it is easy to find. Preferably, in the signature block of every page on which the post appears–especially the individual archive page.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. *mumbles something under his breath about WordPress lacking autodiscovery*

  2. Ask and ye shall receive
    Because we considered Signifying Nothing‘s pages insufficiently cluttered, we have added the manual trackback link to individual post and daymode pages, as requested by James Joyner. And, before you ask, no, we wouldn’t jump off a cliff if …

  3. doug says:

    Speak Engrish

  4. McGehee says:

    Chris, does that mean you have to instigate trackback pings by hand, as I do with Expression Engine?

  5. I believe WordPress lacks automatic trackback (i.e. requires you to do it manually). I don’t have to do it, however, because my blog isn’t powered by WordPress.

  6. McGehee says:

    And here I was thinking that if EE doesn’t incorporate autodiscovery fairly soon I might jump to WP.

    Guess I’ll stay put and keep lobbying pMachine to add autodiscovery to EE. They did incorporate a few of my suggestions in 1.1, just out this week.

  7. McGehee says:

    And I just got word that autodiscovery is in the works for EE. Hopefully this will be a rebuild of 1.1 rather than something to be featured in 1.2

BLOGGING TIP

Those of us with Movable Type blogs should heed Stephen Green’s lesson: Keep an eye on your available disk space on your host. Do not exceed your allocation or you will experience serious problems.

Ironically, I found that out the hard way my first day with MT, because I had purchased too small a plan and exceeded my allocation IMMEDIATELY. No fun.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Kevin Drum says:

    Ha! Tell me about it.

  2. brendoman says:

    I ran into problems because my hosting had a limit on the number of files you could have. I started getting all sorts of script errors. Thankfully they lifted the restriction on the number of files you can have.

  3. Paul says:

    FMI (for my information)

    How much disk does the run of the mill blog use???

    Just curious.

    P

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If you’re going to send out e-mails to bloggers saying “please link me” followed by “I really love your site”. . .
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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. I’m a bit annoyed that the URL he put in the mass-message had spaces in it. Plus, on top of that, I didn’t see an XML or RSS feed.

    Sheesh!

  2. O. F. Jay says:

    Traffic-attraction tip: Mass email people with a please link me AND make it so it’s wrong. Wow. Sweet justice that you didn’t link him in your post, eh James?

  3. John Lemon says:

    Sigh…unrequited love really sucks.

  4. bryan says:

    Man. I am so envious. I never get these please link me e-mails. The only ones I get are from girls named Jenny and Nigerian scam artists.

  5. Hoochie Coochie says:

    Gees Bryan, you’re unhappy that you’re getting letters from Jenny? I don’t even GET THAT!!

    Darn you. Darn you to heck.

  6. I don’t know which is more hilarious: my original impression, on reading James’ post, that some idiot had sent him a “please link me” note without linking *him,* or the revelation that this was a mass e-mail! Wow. Blogspam.

    This is, apparently, the only kind of spam I don’t get.

    (But I am finally getting fan mail. All I need is hate mail, and I’ll feel like I’m really playing in the big leagues . . .)