I love WordPress plugins. I’m a tech geek, so finding a new plugin that makes my life easier makes me happy. Seriously, I think they are little bits of heaven (is that sad?). I love them so much that I’m going to regularly feature cool WordPress plugins here on Edit and Post.
For those of you who are just getting to know WordPress, a plugin is a piece of code that you install and activate. Plugins can be complex or simple, and they either add functionality to WordPress or change existing WordPress behavior. We’ll cover the process of installing and activating plugins in the Building Your WordPress Blog series.
Some plugins have settings that you change based upon how you want them to perform. Some have CSS files (remember CSS?) that style their results. Others require you to edit something in your theme.
Today’s plugin is easy, all you have to do is install and activate, and it works its magic.
Each time you update content on your site, you are creating a ping. A ping tells the whole web world that there is a new post in the blogosphere. If your blog post links to another blog post, you send a pingback to the blog you linked to (make sense?).
If someone sends you a pingback and you have enabled link notifications from other blogs in your WordPress discussion settings, a pingback will then appear as a comment on the post they linked to.
This is all well and good, until you link to you. It looks kind of silly for your own blog to comment on your own blog, now doesn’t it?
No Self Pings fixes all of that, by stopping yourself from pinging yourself.
Do you have a simple but great WordPress plugin that we should all know about?