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Trackback or Pingback
When we started developing our own blog functionalities we were quite blue eyed as to what we should put in there.
But now we've seriously read up on the subjects and discovered that reciprocal linking between blogs was very standard procedure.
In the past I've already created a tool called the links exchanger, that enabled quick reciprocal linking between web pages along with control mechanisms to make sure that links were present and stayed that way. The mechanism is still implemented at a lot of the sites we developed for our customers, as well as for our own e-commerce sites. And still works great.
But we never actively promoted that tool, and put further development on hold.
And in the meantime the web world experienced this huge wave of blogging and bloggers created their own ways of commenting on each other blogs, and manage reciprocal linking along the way.
Enter trackback and pingback!
Then I soon found out about another method: trackback.
This left me wondering if there were even more "protocols" around, but I could not find any relevant information in ping or trackback related pages and posts on the internet.
Pingback or Trackback?
Also we noticed that pingback relies on XML-RPC heavily and it appears that the PHP manual pages for XML-RPC states all PHP functions for XML-RPC are EXPERIMENTAL and has no manual entries that can be of use.
And with the help of Sam Ruby's blog and his common sense point of view on trackback vs. pingback we decided to start studying and implementing the trackback functionalities first, and will investigate if we can support pingback after finishing trackback.
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