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Should you Disable WordPress Trackbacks and Pingbacks?

Have you wondered about whether or not to disable your WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks? You can disable them since some people feel they aren’t really necessary. Trackbacks work to offer a clip of the blog after a comment is made which can increase readership while pingbacks work to display excerpts too but very few WordPress themes will actually display them.

How do you decide if it’s worth keeping them around? Are they helping your blog gain readers? Does the control you have behind the trackbacks and pingbacks make them okay? Here is a look at what you should know about trackbacks and pingbacks so that you can decide if they should be disabled.

The positives and negatives

Trackbacks And PingBacks in Comments

On the positive side, your website will get mentioned on other websites which is great for your search engine rankings. It’s always great to increase your traffic because someone else mentioned your website to the world.

It’s great for the reason of increasing interaction on your site and it can encourage a healthy debate about opinions you’ve expressed on your blog. It’s handy too because you’ll know of any website linking to your content and potentially profiting off of some of the things you wrote together with other content they’ve used to create theirs.

The downside to trackbacks and pingbacks would be the huge level of spam you’ll see. You’ll see people pushing their own websites by using your website to propel their own sites. They do this by adding their site’s URL to other websites and it’s their attempt to push their site for search engine optimization. People add links and have good intentions but it becomes spam central because they are submitting URLs to thousands of sites.

If you have spam in your comments, you’ll have to moderate them which is a waste of time. In addition, you’ll have to moderate self pings as well. You can use an anti-spam tool to help some of the spam in your comments folder though.

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Can you Really Stop Spammers on your WordPress Website?

Spammers can cause a headache for WordPress users. You are trying to run a successful website through WordPress and even without attempting to increase your blog traffic, you are receiving traffic from automated bots and spammers. In fact, over half of web traffic is not even human because non-human traffic continues to increase.

While non-human traffic increases, it’s taking away from the authentic traffic of real people that want to check out your website. It makes it difficult when web bots are being easily built and they are causing spam to increase more and more. What can you do about this and is there a way to really stop spammers on your WordPress website?

What are my options?

You can use a free, anti-spam solution which will help counteract the problem. These are effective ways to decrease the spam but they take time to integrate and maintain on your site. Start with some free anti-spam options to protect your WordPress site with choices including Akismet, Antispam Bee and WP Spam-Shield Anti-Spam.

Wp-Spam Shield

The WP Spam-Shield Anti-Spam is a popular choice that works with all popular contact form plugins, subscriptions and WooCommerce plugin. It can protect you from annoying spam bots and human spam, plus it will stop registration spam. It will deal with spam before it hits your database and it will work to defend your site somewhat against SQL injections or XSS vulnerabilities. You can also count on it to work with JS/Cookies Anti-Spam Layer.

The Antispam Bee is free to users, even commercial projects, and it works to differentiate Spam IPs and authorized commentators. It doesn’t require registration for use and won’t store personal data. The plugin will support auto deletion of spam and selective country blocking. Your comments will only be allowed in one language.

Akismet

Akismet is another great free option and it’s the default for WordPress sites. There is no cost for this plugin and it will auto check all of your comments and filter the spam out. You can see the history of each comment and permit the user to check if a comment was cleared by the plugin. It will work in 42 languages. Since it caps at 50,000 checks for comment spam, you’ll have to either start paying $5 per month or you can add on a different plugin option.

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8 Excellent Minimalistic Themes for WordPress

A minimalistic theme is a great choice for your WordPress blog because it’s clutter-free, clean and showcases the true gem: your content. Rather than going with a busy theme with tons of colors, fonts, images and videos, you can have a clean, sophisticated and professional look by going minimalistic. The focus should be on what you want to put out in the world rather than the fluff behind the busy themes.

WordPress has some great minimalistic themes to really portray your content and it won’t distract your visitor with excessive designs. Don’t worry about looking too plain; your high quality content will stand out and your viewer will want to come back for more again and again. Here is a look at 8 excellent options for WordPress themes that are focused on minimalism.

Backer

Backer

Check out the Backer theme with WordPress to start. This awesome theme is designed for those that want to create a crowdfunding website because the minimalism behind it is easy for investors to find the right projects to invest.

Your entrepreneurs will have an easier seeking funding because of the simply design. It works directly with Ignition Deck, a plugin designed to offer a strong crowdfunding platform for the tech world, charities, music and fashion. You’ll love the $18 free revolution slider and the unique project grids to display projects.

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An Easy Way to Add a Points System to Your WordPress Blog

Adding a points system to any WordPress blog gives users a new reason to engage with your site and others on your site. This type of system allows for user participation as they can rate things on your site. Here’s how you can easily add a points system to your WordPress blog or website.

Using the WordPoints Plugin

WordPoints

The first thing you need to do is download, install and activate the WordPoints Plugin for WordPress. After you have installed and activated the plugin, you can access it from the new WordPoints section within the sidebar of your dashboard.

WordPoints Section

From here, you can access the Point Hooks Page to create different points types.

Point Hooks

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Can you Easily Manage Content Progress on a Multi-Author WordPress Blog?

Multi-Author blogs require a large amount of tools to manage them properly. They can be difficult and getting the most out of them means proper management of content progress. When you need to manage the content progress for your multi-author WordPress blog, you need the right strategy. Here’s what you can do to better manage the progress of content from all of your authors.

Install and Use the Content Progress Plugin

Content Progress Plugin

The Content Progress plugin for WordPress will give you just what you need for better management of authors and their content. After installing the plugin, make sure you activate it. You will be able to access it within the Posts>>All Posts section of your dashboard.

Flag

You will notice a flag icon will show up on any posts not completed. Both the Flag and the Notes columns were added to this section of your blog from the Content Progress plugin. The Flag provides a status for the progress of the post and the notes section allows you to add notes for the author. You may notice some flag icons next to unfinished posts as soon as you install the plugin.

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