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[resolved] no links button in my dashboard (20 posts)

  1. ogill2000
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi everyone I am a newbie here and this is my first post ,my problem is that I have no "links" button in my dashboard so I cant create external or internal links on my website.I am following tutorials from WP academy and he has a links button on his dashboard but his might be an older version of word press.Is it somewhere else? I disabled my plugins but it made no difference.Thank you.
    Darby

  2. Aaron
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Look at the source code of the page and what is the URL to the broke images?

  3. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The Links system was removed in WordPress 3.5. If you need it, it's available in the form of the "Links Manager" plugin.

  4. Aaron
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ahhhh... I read it as missing images. Wow I was off. :)

  5. ogill2000
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    thank you very much...its weird that such an important facility was removed is there an other way to create links on 3.5? or is the plugin the only answer?

  6. ogill2000
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    thank you very much for your help my problem is resolved I know there is a way of flagging it as resolved but I don't know how to do it yet
    O i see it now at the bottom of the post!

  7. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    its weird that such an important facility was removed

    It was removed because it was not important at all, in fact. Virtually nobody used it. The Links system is a sort of leftover from the days of the "blogroll".

    If you want to make lists of links, the menu system is a simpler way to do that sort of thing.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Oh great! I'm a virtual nobody! ;-)

    Whilst I agree that is not commonly used in many sites, I disagree that with the idea that "virtually nobody used it". Or wants to use it in future. I was also surprised that the removal was so abrupt. OK - so I know how activate the Links Manager via options.php but most don't (hence why I keep the plugin link handy). What might have been nicer would have been to hide by default on new installs but have a checkbox option in (say) Settings -> General to turn it back on again.

  9. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What might have been nicer would have been to hide by default on new installs but have a checkbox option in (say) Settings -> General to turn it back on again.

    That is exactly what happened. Except, instead of a checkbox, there's a one-liner plugin.

  10. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Also, I wouldn't say the removal was "abrupt". I mean, it was talked about for at least a couple of years before finally getting some traction and patches around 6 months ago.

    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/21307

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry - I meant in terms of the removal from the UI.

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Except, instead of a checkbox, there's a one-liner plugin.

    But people have to go looking for that plugin and they may not know what to look for. It may not even occur to them that there is a plugin available.

  13. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well... good. We want to get people to stop using the Link Manager. It's old and outdated and kind of silly. The custom menu system does pretty much everything the link manager could and more.

  14. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry - I meant in terms of the removal from the UI.

    Well, the thing is that the UI wasn't removed for people who were already using the Link Manager. If you had links in it, then it hung around after an upgrade. Only new installs or installs with no links in them would be missing it.

  15. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Only new installs or installs with no links in them would be missing it.

    Understood but that still leaves people somewhat confused when they carry out a fresh install and there's no Link Manager.

    Well... good.

    Oh - you're a hard man! ;-) It's a done deal now, so I'd agree that there's no going backwards. But, given the chance, I'd have opted for something a little different. More of a phased removal. I did try and voice concerns during the 3.5 development phase but perhaps I didn't make enough noise. But it's not caused anywhere near the level of complaints that (say) the removal of the image title has. And since that change was kinda down to me, I guess this is just karma balancing the universe.

  16. ogill2000
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    but if you a are using word press for a static site the links facility is essential.how do I access the custom menu from my dashboard? if its better as Samuel says well that is obviously the way to go.

  17. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It is possible to register a new custom menu location and then display that menu on a page (via a custom page template) or in a sidebar. Then you can create a new menu and use the Custom Url option to create a list of external links.

  18. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There is also the Menu widget, which will display any created menu as, haha, a list of links. This works whether you have a defined menu location or not. You'd need widget locations, of course.

  19. ogill2000
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    is there a tutorial anywhere about the custom menu system and how to use it? (still a novice)

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sure - see custom menus.

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