Managing Links

WordPress has this great core functionality regarding links called, appropriately, Links. These can be used in a number of different ways on your site but, most commonly, you’ll see these in a sidebar under “Blogroll” or thereabouts. With a little custom code, though, these can be a powerful way to add external links to other content.

Adding or Modifying a Link

  1. Add a new link by going to Links > Add New. Modify an existing one by going to Links, then clicking on the Name of the Link you’d like to modify.
  2. Walking through all the fields:
    1. “Name” is the text that will appear linked
    2. “Web Address” is the direct URL to the page you want to link to (heed the reminder about the http://)
    3. “Description” is a block of text that can appear below the link to describe its content
    4. “Categories” help you organize and display your links
    5. “Target” tells the browser how to handle the link. I’d recommend leaving this alone but, if you want the link to appear in a new window, choose “_blank.” Some plugins and custom installs may override this functionality.
    6. The WordPress Codex has a great piece on XFN Link Relationships, if you’re interested. Leaving this alone will cause no harm, though
    7. The “Advanced” fields at the bottom may or may not display depending on how you’re using links. The field field, “Image Address,” would point to an image for this link.
    8. The “RSS Address” indicates the RSS that belongs to this link, if any
    9. “Notes” give you a bigger text field for the link if Description is not long enough
    10. “Rating” is often used to order links