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pingbacks + recent posts widget

  1. I had a few questions:

    1) First concerning pingbacks:

    According to the FAQ, pingbacks are dealt with automatically by the WP software. These are my assumptions:

    • if outgoing pingbacks are enabled, then for every link included in a post the WP engine attempts to ping the URL,
    • b) to most blog sites (and all(?) other sites) this ping is meaningless,
    • c) outgoing pingbacks are enabled on the Options > Discussion page via the first checkbox under "Usual settings for an article".

    (If any of the above is incorrect, please let me know.)

    While "Usual settings for an article", indicates that all the options there may be set for individual posts, the "Discussion" box on the "Write post" page appears to only have settings for incoming pings and comments. Is there a way to enable outgoing pings on a per post or, even better, per link basis? Or is the global setting the only one available? (Perhaps the usual solution to this just to disable the pingbacks and use trackbacks?)

    What software aside from WP supports pingbacks? (Is there a list in the docs somewhere that I've missed?)

    Do the pingback settings have anything to do with Ping-o-matic notification? Or is that entirely determined by the setting on the Options > Privacy page?

    2) The recent posts widget does not include any way to customise the heading that will appear in the blog sidebar. Is this a feature that could be added easily? (Should I add a separate forum post about this under "Suggestions"?)

    I don't actually care about being able to add a customised heading for the widget so much as forcing the heading to appear in all lowercase. Is there some currently available way to accomplish this?

  2. "I don't actually care about being able to add a customised heading for the widget so much as forcing the heading to appear in all lowercase. Is there some currently available way to accomplish this?"

    you could do that with a text widget, but it's a bit high-maintenance because you have to edit it each time you have a new post.

  3. Is there a way to enable outgoing pings on a per post or, even better, per link basis? Or is the global setting the only one available?

    Not that I'm aware of. You can turn off the setting before writing a post if you want and turn it back on afterwards.

    I can't see Matt wanting such a feature to be honest. He seems big on communication and that would limit such a stance. You may want to send in a Feedback with the suggestion.

    Inbound announcements are setable though. It's along the right hand side of the Write Post page under 'Discussion.'

  4. sulz:

    Thanks for the suggestion, but, yeah, it sounds like that method is probably more trouble than it's worth.

    drmike:

    Thanks. It seemed unlikely that what I described above was available, but I wanted to make sure I understood what was going on.

    I guess I should put up a suggestion.

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