Using the Links Widget

Link Categories

Editing & Creating Link Categories

Do you want to provide your visitors a list of links to other, related sites that you feel would be of benefit?  If so, WordPress provides a simple widget that allows you to display them in your navigation bar(s).  The widget is simply called Links and can be implemented easily.

Categories

You will want to note that while the widget is fully functional as delivered, you will likely want to create link categories that are appropriate as they relate to your site prior to displaying the widget on your WordPress site.  To do this, follow these steps:

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Links > Link Categories
  • Change the Blogroll category to something more appropriate
  • Click the Update button
  • To add a completely new category go to Links > Add New. On our accompanying image you can see that we created a custom category called Links & Policy that is used solely to direct users to our faculty website options, service level agreement, terms of use, and our WordPress documentation.

Deleting the Delivered WordPress Links (optional)

Often times users will inadvertently display the delivered default links to WordPress.org.  If you do not want to display these links, do the following:

  • Go to Links > Links
  • Check each link, select delete from the drop-down menu and click the Apply button

Adding Links

Once you have created categories that suit your site you can easily create new links in those categories.

  • Go to Links > Add New
  • Provide a link name, web address, link description, appropriate category, link target, and decide if you would like the link private or public and click the Save button.

Configuring the links widget in the sidebarDisplay Links

Now that you have your site’s categories and links created and configured correctly, you’ll want to display them on your site’s sidebar(s).  To display your new links widget, do the following:

  • Go to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Links widget to the sidebar of your choice
  • Maximize the widget and configure the display options to your liking
  • Click the Save button

Note that on this site, we displayed only those links in the Links & Policy category and display only the link image and name as illustrated by the accompanying image.

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