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Link Library

The purpose of this plugin is to add the ability to output a list of link categories and a complete list of links with notes and descriptions.

  • Allow shortcodes to be executed in link pop-up content

  • Added new mode to Web Link display element to only output URL

  • Added %link_url% to variables that can be used in link pop-up dialog
  • Added set_time_limit in reciprocal link checker to avoid issues when checking a large number of links

  • Changed reciprocal link checker output to send steady data to browser instead of building entire buffer to avoid timeout

  • Added validation for submitter e-mail field

  • Added call to process shortcodes in Link Library output content
  • Updated french translation

  • Added more advanced validation for e-mail and URL fields in user-submission form


  • Updated reciprocal link check to work on sites without allow_url_fopen
  • Added broken link checker
  • Added Form validation script to user-submission form to catch required fields before form submission

  • Fix for search page target not working

  • Changes to accept UTF8 characters in large description field (deactivate and reactivate the plugin to fix the database)
  • Pre-fill submitter name and e-mail address field if user is logged in

  • Added action hooks on user-submitted link approval and rejection. Actions are called link_library_approval_email and link_library_rejection_email. They receive two parameters, $linkdata and $linkextradata.

  • Fix for fields not appearing after submitting user link with bad captcha


  • Added user survey results

  • User-created links will now set the Updated Date field

  • Fix for large description field HTML tags getting messed up on save

  • Fixes to category drop-down list display mode

  • Fix to avoid re-writing .htacess file when you save settings

  • Added span and class to edit link to facilitate positioning or hiding

  • Corrections to link importer
  • Fix for required field when using a Link Acknowledgement URL

  • Prevent submission of search form if visitor has not changed search box content

  • Modified importer to update links with same URL instead of creating new ones
  • Export of links and library settings now directly trigger file download


  • New option to specify search box initial text
  • New option to specify Category filter text

  • Change to save paragraph indicators in large description field

  • Fix for duplicate link visit counts when multiple instances of Link Library on a page

  • Add new field for link target in link export and import operations


  • Add default stylesheet elements for alpha filter
  • Update french translation

  • Fix problem with Alpha filter in link-library-cats shortcode

  • Added ability to import and export link rating information

  • Corrected issue where some library configurations led to no links being displayed after update

  • Fixed problem with featured link mode to make features links appear correctly in each category

  • Adds options to specify code/text to be output before first link in each category and last link in each category


  • Fixed problem with Link Display Format not saving correctly in admin

  • Improvements to alphabetic category filter to play nice with the search feature


  • Fixed for add_query_arg potential XSS vulnerabilty issue

  • Adds message to invite users to participate to Link Library User Survey. Message can be dismissed.

  • Added new alphabetic category filter feature, configurable under Common Library Settings

  • Adds a new shortcode [link-library-count] to display the number of links that a library will show

  • Added visual editor for large description
  • Allow HTML code to be part of large description

  • Added Serbian translation


  • Correct problem with user-submission form, displaying a choice for user-defined categories even if configured not to allow them

  • Additional fix for 'Show link name when no image is assigned' option

  • Fix for 'Show link name when no image is assigned' option

  • Fix for new functionality introduced in when using HTML Get with category names method

  • Added new option for category drop-down list to go directly to selection without needed visitor to press Go button


  • Fix monthly update mechanism. Setting number and leaving for a few days to make sure update occurs

  • Corrected unexpected output on plugin reactivation

  • Corrects activation error for new users


  • Added ability to approve user-submitted links automatically if they provide a valid reciprocal link

  • Correction to resolve PHP warning

  • Added new option to build URLs for one category at a time mode using category names

  • Additional corrections for RSS feeds

  • Changed to RSS feed generation to make it compatible with feedburner and other rss services. RSS feed address is now site/feed/linklibraryfeed?settingsset=1.

  • Corrected to modified image display code

  • Modification to image display code to always show before and after tags, whether or not an image is present

  • Modified thumbnail generation to skip items that already have images when option 'Give priority to images assigned to links if present' is active


  • Added new option to build URLs for one category at a time mode using category slugs

  • Fixed issue with ordering links in descending order

  • Fixed to support file links in secondary link field

  • Additional enhancements to admin panel to organize using tabs

  • Re-structured Library Settings section to use tab to avoid scrolling up and down all the time

  • Re-integrate Thumbshots.org service to generate thumbnails and offer users choice between Thumbshots and Robothumb

  • Fixed issue with single quote in library name

  • Fixed issue with submission message not appearing when user specifies user-defined category
  • Updated french translation


  • Replaced Thumbshots.org service with Robothumb.com to avoid regular issues with site
  • Added new option to specify thumbnail size under general settings

  • Fix issue with theme preview not working when Link Library is enabled

  • Added new configuration options under User Submission form configuration to allow to set fields as Required

  • Fixed link importer to import extended fields (large description field, no follow, etc...)

  • Fixed problem with Heading tag around category names

  • Fixed favicon generator
  • Minor PHP warning bug fixes

  • Fixed problem with table layout introduced in version
  • Updated french translation
  • Tested against WordPress 4.1

  • Updated code for translation and translation files
  • Added new option to combine all links results together without displaying category


  • Added filters to allow users to implement their own captcha and captcha validation solution
  • Added new dialog above text editor to simplify insert of Link Library shortcodes in content

  • Corrected problem with no follow option getting set when users submit links

  • Update french translation
  • Fix one string that could not be translated

  • Added new option to show hidden links to editors and administrators


  • Resolved XSS security issue

  • Change in general defaults function to avoid reading in stylesheet file unless necessary

  • Updated internationalization template

  • Added new general option to allow user to specify additional link protocols to be accepted by link editor

  • Added alternate shortcode with different endings to resolve issue in WP 3.0.1 around shortcode confusion [search-link-library][cats-link-library] and [addlink-link-library]

  • Fixed problem with new singlelinkid option

  • Fix problem on WordPress 3.0 with is_multisite and is_network_admin functions not existing
  • Fix for category meta creation issue on upgrade

5.8.10 - October 2014

  • Ability to select standard updates (as soon as they are released) or monthly updates (rolled up on first of month)
  • Fixed bug with pagination when displayed before Link Library
  • Added performance metrics in debug mode
  • Added new [link-library] shortcode option to display single link (singlelinkid)
  • Change user permission check only to be done one per library instead of every link
  • Updated RSS Genesis library to avoid some warnings

  • Fixed issue with pagination in AJAX mode

  • Fixed issue with creating new libraries beyond the initial first library

  • Fixed issue with default category is displayed when only showing one category at a time

  • Fixed error with missing function addhttp


  • Re-arranged Link Library code only to load necessary elements depending on the shortcodes that are actually used to increase performance
  • If you run into any major issues and need to roll back to previous version until I address them. Download here, then report issue in support forum

  • Corrected problem with user link submissions not getting stored


  • Fixed problem with link losing some data such as featured flag when generating favicons for all links

  • Fixed problem with importer when category name contains special characters

  • Added options to specify custom images for expand and collapse icons

  • Fixed issue with link category list not appearing correctly when selecting in Multi-select list mode
  • Added warning for users who do not have any link categories in their install

  • Corrected PHP warnings

  • Updated information on RSS feed link

  • Updated french translation
  • Added missing translation strings
  • Fixed problem with reciprocal link checker and rss feed if links_recently_updated_time variable not set

  • Fixed fatal error on ll_reset_options
  • Added space between track_this_link and featured classes in Link Library output

  • Added new functionality to expand and collapse link categories on display
  • Add new option to select categories via selection lists instead of a comma-seperated list of IDs
  • Add warning before copying a library onto another
  • Corrects PHP warning in admin pages

  • Fixed problem with No Links Found message not appearing if no search results found and no link category is set to display on startup
  • Fixed some PHP warnings


  • Final fixes for new link submission response e-mail variable %linkurl%
  • Added new message for finding no results in search

  • Fixed problem with new variable %linkurl%

  • Added variable %linkurl% for link submission response e-mail template
  • Fixed problem with link title having bad tags when using link description as title and search terms are found in that description

  • Fixed tabs not appearing correctly in reciprocal link checker
  • Updated french translation

  • Fixed problem with resetting stylesheet to default
  • Added FAQ section, include embedded new Link Library tutorial videos

  • Updated pagination code to preserve URL parameters from other plugins
  • Updated FAQ section on plugin page

  • Changed layout of delete and reset buttons to make them more obvious to use
  • Fixed late refresh after deleting or resetting options

  • Fix link updated date setting to use blog time instead of GMT time
  • Corrected issue with RSS feed URL generation

  • Fix problem with user-submitted categories on link submission

  • Reverted all new functions from 5.8.5 until further testing can be done to resolve layout with new version

  • Fixed problem with category links when paginating results

  • Fix problem with link counts when displaying category list

  • Added hack to allow people to page through links by adding parameters to the end of the link manager URL (?linksperpage=1&linkspage=2)


  • Updated admin menu look

  • Second fix to allow searches to work with apostrophes
  • Fix to allow categories containing no links to be displayed

  • Allow link searches to work with apostrophes
  • Fix issue with duplicate images appearing


  • Added entry to stylesheet template to style featured links
  • Added new option to use local images attached to link if they are present when thumbshots automatic thumbnail generation is active
  • Restores support for versions before 3.5 that did not have the media uploader

  • Fixed bug with links and settings export functionality

  • Fixed problem with AJAX mode when configured not to show library at first. Library was still showing if empty.
  • Link dates can now be formatted and translated to local site language
  • Changed links and settings export folder to site upload folder instead of plugin folder

  • Added option to hide donation links and Support the Author ad
  • Added ability for link updated date to be translated to site language
  • Updated french translation

  • Increased execution time when importing links to allow for larger imports
  • Enhanced media uploader selection to show image right away when no previous image was present

  • Fixed bug with Link popup option, which was not creating link with correct URL

  • Added option to suppress Link Library footer in notification e-mails

  • Fixes bug with search results appearing in ajax mode when hiding links on first page display

  • Fixed additional PHP warning

  • Fixed PHP warnings


  • Fix compatibility issue with WordPress 3.9

  • Fix additional problems found with pagination mode

  • Fixed problem with AJAX and Pagination mode both active at the same. Pages other then 1 in a category would not display

  • Fixed RSS Preview functionality that had been broken in 5.8.1 update


  • Addressed security concerns raised by WordPress.org plugin maintenance team

  • Added option to display pagination selector before or after links

  • Corrected problem with user link submissions introduced by previous update

  • Updated french translation
  • Added support for media upload to attach new images to links

  • Fixed link moderation page to show links submitted by bots with no category

  • Added option to display link name or description in link title tag

  • Added debug code in moderation section to help troubleshoot issues

  • Small styling change in admin interface to adjust to removal of background image in WP 3.6

  • Corrected redirection bug when user submitted link with bad field, then corrected and re-submitted


  • Added new Export All Links button to download all links and their associated data in a CSV format

  • Fixed issue for search to now be able to accept non-alphabetic characters

  • Fixed issue with disappearing category names

  • Allow images to be associated to links when they are first created instead of only when you edit them later

  • Fixed bug with large description field not getting saved when users submit links

  • Corrected undefined method errors when users submitted new links

  • Fixed wp_set_link_cat error when user submission option is active
  • Fixed problem with links extra info table not getting created in new installations

  • Fixed javascript error on add new link page


  • Fix for error submitting links in 5.7.8


  • Fixed error with unknown column when selecting List Featured Links ahead of Regular Links options


  • Cleanup to avoid PHP warnings when some variables don't exist
  • Support for plugin being located in a non-standard location
  • Addition on uninstall scripts to delete extra table and settings on plugin deletion
  • Thanks to Juliette Reinders Folmer for identifying all these issues
  • Split code from admin in separate file to improve load times


  • Added option in general settings to select if images that are uploaded or generated should be stored using their full path (functionality in 5.7.3 or older) or relative paths


  • Fixed issue around category name div tags in list


  • Changed stored URL for uploaded images to use relative paths


  • Fixed bug in on-demand thumbnail generation


  • Added div around Thumbshots notice to allow paying users to hide notice (free users need to keep notice displayed to avoid being banned by service)


  • Fixed issue with Thumbshots CID having non-url compliant characters


  • Re-worked Thumbshots integration to comply with new terms of use
  • Updated french translation


  • Added option to load styling on all pages with keyword 'all'


  • Corrected error from version 5.6.7


  • Added option to load styling on category pages with keyword 'category'


  • Added option to load styling on front page with keyword 'front'


  • Adds a div class to category names for styling


  • Added new option so that no category is shown in AJAX mode until the visitor selects a category


  • Re-implemented changes from version 5.6.1


  • Rolled back changes


  • Corrected problem with two undefined variables


  • Added count of links to moderate in top-level Link Library menu item
  • Added dashboard widget to display count of links to moderate

  • Changed WP 3.5 support code to force presence of Link Manager if Link Library is installed and activated


  • Removed check for presence of Link Manager in versions older than 3.5


  • Added check for presence of Link Manager to support version 3.5 where the link manager will be inactive by default


  • Added codes in pop-up content to display link rating and rss link


  • Fixed link visit tracking code


  • Added codes in pop-up content to display link submitter, link alternate URL and number of visits


  • Attached popup to image and link name instead of only link name, when configured


  • Added code in pop-up content to display link description, link large description, telephone number and e-mail
  • Added pop-up configuration options to specify width and height


  • Updated link popup mechanism to use link target information


  • Added support to convert [ and ] to < and > in large description fields


  • Added new option to display a popup with user-defined content when links are clicked, then present user with link to click through
  • Updated danish translation

  • Fixed problem with category links not going to the correct results page when pagination is turned on

  • Fixed problem with nofollow and featured item check boxed not unchecking properly

  • Fixed problem with e-mail notification when user-submitted links were received

  • Correction to bad site admin path in e-mail notification

  • Changes method used to build paths to images and other plugin files
  • Fixed reciprocal link checker


  • Removed previous affiliate link and added information on my upcoming book.


  • Reverted all changes made in version 5.4.7 to remove undefined variable warnings


  • Fixed undefined variable warnings, which showed up when WP_DEBUG was activated


  • Clearly identified affiliate link in user interface
  • Made affiliate image local to plugin


  • Fixed problem with Link ID missing on some installations from links in moderation page


  • Updated danish translation


  • Cleanup to avoid PHP debug warnings


  • Fixed problem with library switching logic


  • Fixed path to plugin icon file


  • Redesigned user submission processing code to send post data to external php file and redirect back after data storage and validation


  • Fixed duplicate check on user-submitted links
  • Fixed problem with other plugins causing shortcode to be evaluated multiple times, resulting in multiple links submission


  • Updated meta box creation code to be compatible with WordPress 3.3


  • Added option to specify address for search box results. This allow you to place search box on one page and results on another page.
  • Updated French translation
  • Updated Italian translation
  • Added Turkish translation


  • Fixed way that messages were displayed when using user submission form
  • Added error message when submitting a link without an address


  • Updated Italian translation
  • Updated French translation
  • Added missing translation


  • Updated translation file to add text for new option introduced in 5.2.7


  • Added option to replace image with link name if no image is assigned to a link


  • Added missing translation for UI element


  • Split a sentence in two full pieces to facilitate translation.


  • Fixed glitch with reciprocal check menu item disappearing


  • Added italian translation (Thanks to Gianni Diurno!)
  • Fixed some text strings which could not be translated


  • Added check for search parameters to verify that they are only text or numbers


  • Added an option to display link category list on search results page


  • Added span tag to link category description to allow for styling


  • Fixed updated date mechanism


  • Removed debug code in link moderation screen
  • Fixed problem with empty categories not showing up even if Hide when empty is not checked


  • Fixed problem with category drop-down in user-submission form that prevented it from appearing in some situations
  • Added data type validation code to avoid security exploits


  • Corrected problem with link moderation list screen


  • Corrected a problem with new link submission in admin editor


  • Removed extra debugging code


  • Added new sort mode to display links based on updated date
  • Added field to links editor to see updated date and be able to manually change it


  • Changed RSS parsing library back to Simplepie, but using version supplied with WordPress with extra layer


  • Corrected plugin installation function to properly create custom tables in multi-site environment
  • Replaced SimplePie with PHP_RSS library to avoid PHP5 validation errors and have simpler code base


  • Correct path for RSS Icon and RSS Preview Icons


  • Security fix


  • Fixed RSS Feed generation code to accept https links


  • Added details on use of catogory list in link submission form
  • Now using Moderator E-mail (if present) as destination address for moderation notifications


  • Fixed problem with path of images uploaded for links


  • Added option in reciprocal checker to delete links that return a 403 error during check


  • Made code change to always load jQuery as soon as Link Library is rendered on a site to enable link click tracking


  • Changed link id field to contain text before their numeric ID to be xhtml compliant
  • Added code to strip slashes on custom fields in link editor
  • Added link category to link moderation screen
  • Add option to use textarea instead of input field for link notes in user submission form
  • Added check in Reciprocal checked to see if site is dead. Display appropriate message if it is.


  • Corrected a problem where slashes were getting added in front of quote and apostrophes when editing large description


  • Added code to escape special characters in large description field when importing links


  • Added new mode to show link categories in a drop-down list
  • Replaced calls to wp_specialchars with esc_html since the previous function was deprecated in WP 2.8
  • Corrected bad CSS styling in admin sections
  • Added bookmarklet creation section in admin to allow for quick link creation
  • Fixed problem where settings became "sticky" until you went out of plugin admin and came back after resetting them

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.3.1
Last Updated: 1 week ago
Active Installs: 20,000+


4.5 out of 5 stars


12 of 24 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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