I’ve been meaning to put this down for a while but then I completely forgot. For a long while now, those of us that have been using WordPress have had the ability to autoping or rather autotrackback certain aggregator site. For for those of us in the Malaysian blogosphere, we have a multitude of sites like that namely PPS and Blogsmalaysia. The catch to this is that everytime you wanted to post, you had to manually enter the trackback code yourself. Tedious for many, clueless for some.
Yes there have been ways to autoinsert your trackback ping. LcF here first gave us the way to automatically insert our trackback pings in every post. It was a good first step…unfortunately even with the instructions, some people couldn’t be stuffed in editing their PHP on fear of screwing things up. Szehau on the other hand then made a plugin which does this (specifically only ping PPS). Joy…it made things easier…half the time.
You see for some reason, both LcF and Szehau’s techniques and methods only worked half the time especially if you’re using version 188.8.131.52 and above. I discovered that it wasn’t because of a bad connection that you couldn’t ping because if you manually type in the trackback pings, it would work 100% at a time. It turns out it has something to do with more than just inserting the line, there has to be a hook somewhere for the WordPress’ XMLRPC to start pinging. It’s a technical thing, you don’t really have to know this.
What you do have to know is there is a better autotrackback plugin out there that works. It’s called “Autotrackback By Category“. Yes, it’s a good name…it’s a very obvious name. What it does prior to its predecessors is give you the option to autoping any trackback ping by just saving it in the options. It doesn’t have to be just PPS, it can be anything else automatically. The really good thing about this is that you can choose which categories you want to automatically ping which sites.
For example, if your blog contains really personal posts you would rather not let so many people know. You can not set your “Personal” categories to autoping. Have a specific category that only pings to one more site other than what you already ping? Simple, add that trackback ping to the specific category of your choice. If you’re still clueless, here’s an example of what I mean.
I’ve been running this for quite a while and it’s fair enough to say that it works 100% of the time, no timeouts and no faulty pings. It works exactly as it should. So if you were already looking for a way to autoping trackbacked sites out there, this would be your plugin for it. Probably the last autotrackback plugin you will need…for WordPress users…naturally.