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. The link categories can also be added, deleted, and edited. This article describes how to do all of the above, using the Links section of the WordPress Administration Panels.
When you click on "Links" in the navigation menu on the left of your dashboard screen, you will come first to the Manage Links SubPanel, where you will see a list of all of your links.
In the Manage Links SubPanel, your links are displayed in a tabular format. Each link is a row in the table, and the table has the following columns:
You can change the display in the following ways:
When you click Links in the navigation menu, and then click Add Link, you will come to the Add Link SubPanel, where you can add a new link to your list.
The screen looks similar to the image above, and has the following sections - Sample input is shown in parentheses.:
When you have set all the options you are interested in, click Add Link to add the new Link to your blogroll. You can hide a link (temporarily or permanently) by choosing "Keep this link private".
To edit a link, in case of an error or change in the link information, WordPress provides an Edit Link option. This is only viewable when hovering over an entry in the link's table row.
Clicking on Edit brings you to the Edit a Link subpanel.
This mode is essentially the same as the Add Link SubPanel. The only difference is that the button to save your work is called "Update Link" instead of "Add Link".
To delete a link, go to the Manage Links screen. From the table list of links, identify the link you wish to delete. Hover over this entry and click the Delete link for that link to delete it.
Remember, you will not have a chance to recover from this delete. It makes a permanent change to the database.
A popup window with a confirmation should appear. Choose OK or Cancel if you hit the Delete link by accident. Remember, this is the only chance you have. After making your choice, you will be directed back to the Manage Links page.
To delete multiple links you can select the tick box of link entries that you want to delete on the Manage Links screen and then select Delete from the Bulk Actions drop down menu and then click on the Apply button.
Links in WordPress can be organized into categories, all the better for organization. The default installation of WordPress automatically sets one category, Blogroll. You are given the ability to add, edit and delete categories.
To add a Link Category navigate to the Links Link Categories Screen using the side menu
Enter the name and other details of your category.
Click on the Add New Link Category button.
A full description of how to add, edit and delete Link Categories is on the page on the Links Link Categories Screen
In WordPress 2.0, you can alter how WordPress displays the list of links from this category by modifying the text found in the following three text boxes. However, these options are only used by some themes.
The following template tags are used only with Link Manager:
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To actually add the category, just click Add Category or Save Category Settings to save the information you've entered.
If you upgraded from a version prior to 3.5, you may still have the link manager in the sidebar, even if it is not needed. To remove this, edit the "Link Manager Enabled" field from 1 (on) to 0 (off) in /wp-admin/options.php or through any database manager.
To re-enable the link manager, add the following line to your theme's functions.php file:
add_filter( 'pre_option_link_manager_enabled', '__return_true' );