Trackback pings and references

In Squarespace 5, you can use trackback pings and references to connect your blog posts to other sites.

  • Trackback - Links two posts. For example, if someone writes about your post, they can send a trackback ping to create a link between the entries.
  • Reference - Gives credit to another site. Useful for citations or providing resources for more reading.
Tip: You can see when visitors come to your site from a link in the Referrers area of your site's traffic analytics.

Where trackbacks and references display

  • Trackbacks and references appear below the blog post in the References section.
  • Trackbacks display as a Response.
  • References display as a Source.


Add a reference

To give credit to other sites, add a source URL:

  1. In the Blog Post Editor, click References.
  2. Fill in the fields on the left. Only the URL and article title fields are required.
  3. Click Add Source Reference.

Repeat these steps for every reference you want to add. When you're finished, click Save & Close.


Enable or disable trackback pings

To enable or disable trackbacks:

  1. While in Structure mode, go to your Blog Page.
  2. Click Configure This Page.
  3. Scroll down to the Commenting/Permission Options section.
  4. Use the Reference Permissions drop-down to choose who can add trackbacks. 
  5. Check or uncheck Allow Trackbacks
  6. Click Save Page Configuration


Add a trackback ping

Visitors can add trackback pings to your posts by opening an individual post and clicking My response is on my own website link in the comments section.


To send a trackback ping to another blog from your own blog post:

  1. In the Blog Post Editor, click Options.
  2. In the Send Trackbacks section, add the URL to the blog post you want to ping. If you add multiple URLs, separate them with a space.
  3. Click Save & Close.


Remove a trackback ping or reference

To remove a trackback or reference:

  1. In the Blog Post Editor, click References.
  2. On the right, click the reference you want to remove.
  3. On the left, click Delete.
  4. Click Save & Close.
Tip: To receive notifications when someone adds a trackback ping, subscribe to page updates.


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