Links 101

Managing Links

In this WordPress video tutorial we’ll learn how to use WordPress links, formerly called the blogroll. We’ll examine how to add links, what we can do with those links, advanced fields, and how to use links on your WordPress site.

WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll take a look at the Links page. You can access the links page in the Sidebar. As you might’ve already guessed, this page lets you create a list of links. You can display the list of links you create in different areas of your website which we’ll show you how to do in just a minute.

Let’s go ahead and add a new link so you can see how it work. First, click “Add New” either in the sidebar, or toward the top of your page.

Now on the Add New Link page, we’ll start by entering a name. Then a Web Address. You can optionally add a description and later choose whether it is displayed or not. Next, we’ll select a category for the link to reside in. You can also create a new category from here. Target sets the target frame for the link. “_blank” will open the link in a new window or tab when clicked. “_top” will allow the link that it within a frame break outside the frame and load in the current window or tab. “_none” is the default action and will load the link in the current window or tab.

Link Relationship is somewhat of an experimental feature that didn’t really seem to take off. XFN stands for “Xhtml Friends Network” which was a movement to humanize hyperlinks by include relationship data. If you wish you use this feature, simply check or select the options that apply. You’ll see your selection reflected in real time int he “rel” box.

The Advanced fields are optional but can add extra information. The “Image Address” let’s you display an image next to you link by providing an image URL. You likely want this image to be relatively small. A feed link in the “RSS Address” box will display a feed next to the link of your theme supports it. Notes are for internal use and aren’t displayed on the website. You can use this as a personal memo for the link. Rating can be used as a way of sorting within categories.

Finally, the save module has one last option: “Keep this link private”. Checking this box will keep the link from being displayed on your website and will leave it accessible only to you from within the dashboard.

Now that you’re familiar with how to add links, we’ll show you how to implement them once you’ve accumulated a list similar to what you see here. To do this, we need to go to the Widgets page. It’s under the Appearance menu in the sidebar.

We’re going to quickly show you how to setup your links to display on your website. If you want more in depth explanation on the Widgets page as a whole, we cover that in the Appearance 102 video.

In the center of the screen, you have your available widgets. We’re looking the links widget. On the right are the available widget areas. For this demonstration, we’re going to put the links in the sidebar. To do this, we simply drag the Links module into the Sidebar widget area. You’ll notice we have a few options with the widget. Remember when we added our link, we had the chance to add it to a category? You can use this dropdown to output links from within a certain category. You have the options to display or hide link image, name, description, and rating. Just click save and the links will be displayed in the sidebar.