Since my install of WordPress – I loved the functionality of it…all except for one, small thing.
Not so small, really – from my perspective. It was big enough that I was actually thinking of going back to MT (gasp!) because of the level of my frustration with it.
The issue was with the ability to receive trackback pings from other blogs. If you’ve attempted to send me a trackback over the past few weeks – you may have noticed that it didn’t work. You may have thought that it was an issue with YOUR blog 0r YOUR server, huh?
Well, it wasn’t your fault – it was mine. I researched this for days and days – this morning I was googling it to death, posting it in the WordPress forum and searching through different support forums to find the answer.
At first I thought it was an issue with the version of Apache or PHP that we are running on our server (I host my own stuff, ya know) – so I was looking into upgrading Apache or PHP.
Then (pardon me for a minute while I ‘geek-speak’) I thought it was an issue with the fact that our server did not recognize path_info in PHP. I was Googling things like “PHP as CGI”…or “PHP path_info issues Apache”…blah blah blah.
What it turned out to be was the mod_rewrite rules. In WordPress – the options allow you to identify custom permalink URL’s via mod_rewrite in PHP. In the options, you indicate how you want your permalinks to be written. For example – for my permalinks I have them set for /archive/%year%/%month%/%day%/%postname%/ – – once you indicate your preference for permalinks – – you click “Update” then WordPress gives you a set of re-write rules to paste into your .htaccess file on your server.
Problem is – -WordPress gives you a set of re-write rules for your archives and your category archives – – but does not specify the re-write rule for your trackback entries. Once I figured this out – I tried various different versions of a re-write rule for wp-trackback.php until Chris leaned over and said…”Remove that one slash and see what happens?”
I removed the slash – and wala! I now have the ability to accept trackbacks. Men!
Go ahead – trackback me. Make my day! It ain’t broken no mo’!
(And no, UptownGirl – the trackback was broken on MY end, not yours. Mine was BROKEN! OH! and yes! I logged into your blog and resubmitted that post that linked me just to see if I got it working – and it worked! Hope ya don’t mind! 🙂 )
If you have experienced the same issue with WordPress Trackbacks – – leave a comment and let me know if you need to see the re-write rule I have.