VS Link Manager

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About

With this lightweight plugin you can display a set of links from the Link Manager.

The Link Manager is part of WordPress but disabled by default. This plugin will activate it again.

To display your blogroll you can use a block or a shortcode.

You can customize your blogroll by adding attributes to the block or the shortcode.

This plugin can also be used to create a link portal.

How to use

After installation go to menu item “Links”. You can add your categories and links here. Links must be assigned to a category.

Add the VS Link Manager block or the shortcode [links] to a page to display your blogroll.

Default settings categories:

  • 4 columns
  • Order by name
  • Ascending order (A-Z)
  • Empty categories are hidden

Default settings links:

  • Order by name
  • Ascending order (A-Z)
  • All links are displayed

Attributes

You can customize your blogroll by adding attributes to the block or the shortcode.

  • Add custom CSS class to blogroll: class="your-class-here"
  • Change the number of columns: columns="3"
  • Include certain categories: include="1,3,5"
  • Exclude certain categories: exclude="8,10,12"
  • Display empty categories too: hide_empty="0"
  • Display category description: category_description="true"
  • Change the number of links per category: links_per_category="5"
  • Reverse the order of links: order="DESC"
  • Display links by ID: orderby="ID"
  • Display links in random order: orderby="rand"
  • Hide link title: hide_link_title="true"
  • Hide link description: hide_link_description="true"
  • Change the “no categories are found” text: no_categories_text="your text here"

Example: [links include="1,3,5" category_description="true" links_per_category="5"]

When using the block, don’t add the main shortcode tag or the brackets.

Example: include="1,3,5" category_description="true" links_per_category="5"

The columns attribute will be ignored when using the block. Set your number of columns via the block settings.

With the columns attribute you can set the number of columns between 1 and 4. In mobile screens 2 columns (except the 1 column blogroll).

You can disable the columns with columns="0". This can be handy if you only want to use your own styling.

The hide link title attribute does only work when the link has an image assigned to it.

Widget

This plugin activates the Links widget again. Because this widget is part of WordPress, plugin has no control over it.

Have a question?

Please take a look at the FAQ section.

Translation

Translations are not included, but the plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

The translation folder inside this plugin is redundant, but kept for reference.

Credits

Without the WordPress codex and help from the WordPress community I was not able to develop this plugin, so: thank you!

Enjoy!

Screenshots

  • Links page (GeneratePress theme)
  • Block (dashboard)
  • Links page (dashboard)

Blokke

This plugin provides 1 block.

  • VS Link Manager

Kwel-vrae

Where is the settings page?

Plugin has no settings page. Use the block or shortcode with attributes to make it work.

How can I change the layout or colors?

You can use an attribute to set the number of columns between 1 and 4 or to disable the columns. But you should use custom CSS for making other changes.

If you disable the columns CSS class “vslm-custom” is added to the blogroll. This can be handy if you only want to use your own styling.

Can I order links by date?

No, this is not possible.

But with the orderby and order attribute you can order links by ID and in descending order. That way new links will be displayed first.

Where to find the category ID?

Every category URL contains an unique ID. You will find this ID when hovering the category title in your dashboard or when editing the category.

It’s the number that comes after: tag_ID=

Where to find the link ID?

Every link URL contains an unique ID. You will find this ID when hovering the link title in your dashboard or when editing the link.

It’s the number that comes after: link_ID=

Why is there no semantic versioning?

The version number won’t give you info about the type of update (major, minor, patch). You should check the changelog to see whether or not the update is a major or minor one.

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and want to make a donation? There’s a PayPal donate link at my website. Thank you!

Other questions or comments?

Please open a topic in the WordPress.org support forum for this plugin.

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Contributors & Developers

“VS Link Manager” is oopbron sagteware. Die volgende mense het bygedra tot die ontwikkeling van hierdie uitbreiding:

Contributors

“VS Link Manager” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “VS Link Manager” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

Version 2.5

  • New: set number of columns via the block settings, instead of using an attribute
  • Changed attribute no_link_categories_text into no_categories_text

Version 2.4

  • Changed several attribute names, to make it more clear for users
  • This means you might have to update your attributes
  • Attribute limit becomes links_per_category
  • Attribute hide_title becomes hide_link_title
  • Attribute hide_description becomes hide_link_description
  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.3

  • New: VS Link Manager block
  • Block editor users can now replace their shortcode block with the VS Link Manager block

Version 2.2

  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.1

  • Added extra validation for link category query
  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.0

  • Bumped the “requires PHP” version to 7.0
  • Bumped the “requires at least” version to 5.0

Version 1.9

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.8

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.7

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.6

  • Removed function load_plugin_textdomain() because redundant
  • Plugin uses the WP language packs for its translation
  • Kept translation folder for reference
  • Because of this change plugin now requires at least WP 4.6

For all versions please check file changelog.