Are WordPress Loopback Requests Enabled?

Learn How to Determine if WordPress Loopback Requests Are Enabled

Loopback requests are a method used to perform various background processing tasks for WordPress. These are often important for the regular function of your site even though you do not necessarily see them running.

An example of this would be the wp-cron.php file, which requires loopbacks to run and is used to automate tasks like publishing scheduled posts, checking for plugin or theme updates, sending email notifications, and more. We have also seen instances with WooCommerce, where the Square extension requires background processing/loopback requests for product syncing tasks. 

If you are getting errors such as “loopback is disabled” regarding your WordPress site, you can confirm whether this is accurate or not, which helps further narrow down the cause of the problem. In this guide, we’ll show you how to verify in the WordPress Dashboard that loopback requests are enabled.

How to Verify WordPress Loopback Requests Are Enabled

InMotion servers allow loopback requests for background processing by default. But, you can verify this in WordPress with the following steps.

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Tools then Site Health in the navigation menu.
    Accessing Site Health Tools in WordPress
  3. Click the Passed tests drop-down button.
    WordPress Site Health Tools - Passed Tests
  4. Scroll down and you should see a message stating “Your site can perform loopback requests.” Click it for additional information.
    WordPress Loopback Requests Enabled

Making Custom Server Modifications

Keep in mind that a VPS or Dedicated server environment allows for custom modifications or tweaking if necessary. The shared hosting environment, however, will have certain restrictions and may not be able to accommodate advanced tweaking tasks.

It’s best to check with a developer to find out which specific loopback processes are needed or coordinate with our managed hosting if you’re unsure of how to proceed.

Now you know that WordPress loopback requests are enabled on InMotion servers and how to verify this from your WordPress Dashboard. If you are experiencing any additional problems our WordPress Troubleshooting guide can help you narrow down the specific cause further.

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John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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