As of Version 3.5, the Links Manager and blogroll are hidden for new installs and any existing WordPress installs that do not have any links. If you are upgrading from a previous version of WordPress with any active links, the Links Manager will continue to function as normal. If you would like to restore the Links panel to your install you may download and install the Links Manager plugin. This page is still relevant for any user with an existing Links Manager or with the plugin installed.
WordPress allows you to store a set of external links, also known as your blogroll. These links can be put into categories, imported, exported, added, deleted, and edited. This article describes how to add new Links.
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The Screen Options allow you to choose which modules are displayed, or not displayed, in the underlying Screen. Clicking on the Screen Options tab shows a list of the columns with a check-box next to each column. Check the box for each module you want displayed, or uncheck the box to not display that module. Click the Screen Options tab again to close the Screen Options.
The modules, Categories, target, Link Relationship (XFN), and Advanced, can be expanded, or collapsed, by clicking on the module title bar.
In addition, those same four modules can be moved by hovering the mouse cursor over the module title bar, when the mouse cursor changes to 4-arrows, hold the left-mouse button down, drag the module to where you want to place it, then release the mouse button (this is called drag-and-drop).
The first three fields of the Links Add New Screen are the esssential fields when creating new links.
Categories are displayed in a module box that allows selection of one or more Link Categories in which to associate a link. New Categories can also be added by clicking Add New Category link and simply typing that Category in the box and clicking the Add button.
This modules houses radio buttons that allow you to decide how the link's destination is displayed when someone clicks the link. Note: Specifying anything but none will cause validation problems on your page. In this specific case, however, these validation problems will not cause problems for your viewers' web browsers.
XFN stands for XHTML Friends Network. WordPress allows for the generation of XFN attributes automatically so you can show how you are related to the authors/owners of site to which you are linking. XFN tags are an effort to add meaning to the connections (links) on the world wide web, and are gaining in popularity. See XFN Relationship Definitions for a list of available relationships.
When you add a new link you may specify in this section of the Screen the relationship you share in real life with the author of the page to which you're linking. This will automatically add a rel="X" attribute to the HTML code for the link (where X is the relationship you specify).
XFN relationships are optional for WordPress links. You can leave everything in this section blank and all your links will still work.
To specify your relationship, use the following.
Descriptions of the XFN relationships were modified from those found at the XFN Getting Started page.
Suppose a friend of yours whom you have met in real life owns the site http://www.example.com/. When you add that site to your list of links, you can specify that the owner of that site is a friend, and that you have met in real life. The link that is created will be of the form <a href="http://www.example.com/" rel="friend met">Example</a>. This link works just the same as a normal link, but contains extra information about your relationship to the site.
For more information about XFN relationships and examples concerning their use, see the Official XHTML Friends Network Website.
The following controls allow more advanced manipulation of your links.
Click the Add Link button to ensure you saved your Link to the database. Once you click the button, a confirmation text box will appear at the top of the page telling you "Link Addes".