Remove the “Send Trackbacks” Post Meta Box

Be hon­est: Have you ever used the “Send Track­backs” box on the Word­Press post edit­ing screen? No?

Have you even noticed that such a box exists at all? It’s like­ly pushed down quite a bit, espe­cial­ly if you’re rock­ing The­sis, which adds a few addi­tion­al meta box­es which may push the track­backs box far­ther down the page.

You can eas­i­ly hide the “Send Track­backs” box via the “Screen Options” pan­el near the top of the page, but that’s a sim­ple style trick; Word­Press will still have to process and out­put that pan­el every time you load the add or edit post screens.

To do away with the box alto­geth­er, sim­ply drop the fol­low­ing code into your custom_functions.php file:

 * Eradicate the "Send Trackbacks" post meta box
function brazenly_remove_trackback_meta_box() {
	remove_meta_box( 'trackbacksdiv', 'post', 'normal' );
add_action('admin_menu','brazenly_remove_trackback_meta_box' );






2 responses to “Remove the “Send Trackbacks” Post Meta Box”

  1. sergeliatko Avatar

    Screen options tab works nice as well, but thanks for the code as very use­ful on mul­ti author sites. So admin may dis­able the thing for everyone.

    1. Rick Beckman Avatar

      The dif­fer­ence is that the screen options only hide the pan­el on the client side. It’s still processed and sent to your brows­er (hide one, refresh the page, then search for it in the page source to con­firm, if you want). This code saves that pro­cess­ing time & band­width, even if it is a small savings.

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