Simple Link Directory

Description

WordPress Directory Plugin for Modern Websites

WordPress Directory plugin with a unique approach! Simple Link Directory is a unique and advanced WordPress Directory plugin and a Link Manager for One Page directory and Content Curation. Create innovative and elegant Link, Resources page or Link page on your WordPress website in matter of minutes.

It is the best wordpress directory plugin for the new age web. Suitable for small to medium scale directory websites. Compatible with any theme. With the Pro version of Simple Link Directory you can start making money on complete Auto Pilot easily and quickly with Paid link submission and Claim Listing features. This plugin can be used for Single page Business directory, One page Link directory, Link library, Bookmark collection, Directory listing, Web directory, Listing directory, Vendor or Partners Directory, Affiliates Directory, Resources page, Link Curation, Intranet etc.

If you are looking for a business directory plugin instead of link directory – check out our Simple Business Directory plugin with maps!

This plugin also allows other website owners to Embed the Link Lists you curated, on their websites and increase sharing, engagement and value of your own website in return. As a HUGE bonus you can get Backlinks when your Curated Listing is embedded on another websites! Showcase all your Bookmarks and Favorite links with this useful plugin.

With the Thumbs Up feature, your site users can vote for the most useful Links in your Listings. This is a great way to make your website interactive and invite user feedback.

This is the new way to curate useful Link Collections and Link Directory easily and quickly. Turn your website into an Authority website by curating niche specific useful links or even a local business directory that your users will love, bookmark, embed, share and come back for more! Increasing user engagement and dwell time on your website is the best way to rank high in Google SERP.

View Demo of Simple Link Directory Pro Version
View Demo of Simple Link Directory Free Version

Video Tutorial on Getting started with the Pro version (but the general principle applies to the free version as well)

Upgrade to Simple Link Directiory Pro (now with monetization option)

Non Profit Organizations – like this PLugin? eMail Us. Your site may qualify for a hefty discount on the Pro Version.

Looking for a Complete Solution? Check Out our Simple Link Directory Theme

Who Should Use this Plugin?

This plugin is a good fir for you if you are a:

  • Prolific Blogger
  • SEO Specialist
  • Content Curator
  • Marketer
  • Webmaster
  • Advertising or Marketing Agency

Simple Link Directory Use Cases

Use for Your Resources Page:
Do you manage a Resources Page or Links Page with lists of useful links to other websites? If so, Simple Link Diretory is a perfect solution for you to manage those links, show them beautifully and invite user engagement.

Build a Complete Directory Website:
These days one page or small directory websites have become quite popular. If you are passionate about something why not turn your bookmarks into a Single Page directory? With the help of this plugin, you can create niche specific Directory website within a matter of hours that can attract a lot of new visitors and attention.

Create a Link Manager for Company Intranet:
A lot of businesses require their company employees to access certain websites on regular basis. Such as Media or Marketing company. You can create link directories for your company Intranet using this plugin.

The pro version also provides the ability for registered users to create their own bookmarks or favorite lists selected from your listings. SLD Pro version is the only plugin with such link bookmarking feature.

Create a Local Business Directory:
Do you want to create Lists of the best restaurants or pet shops in your city? You can do that with SLD. Create a directory for Chiropractors, resorts, schools or local businesses with SLD.

Create a Vendor Directory:
If you are a business with a lot vendors that carry your products – use this plugin to List them in a user friendly manner. Your website users will thank you.

Create Affiliate Links Directory:
Want to create useful directories with affiliate links? This plugin is perhaps the best possible solution that you will find online for the purpose. The professional version even allows you to mask URLs, should you want.

Create Top Sites List:
Although, Simple Link Directory does not have all the bells and whistles of top site scripts but you can easily make it work like that. The Upvote feature allows users to Vote for Links that they like and find useful. Order by UpVote feature lets you sort the links by number of upvotes. Pretty handy.

Make Money with Your Directory – Passive Income:
With the SLD Professional Version it is dead simple and insanely quick to create a best directory set up that can generate passive income for you over time. Do some SEO and regular blogging along with your website and you can start making money online with minimal effort.

Use Case Examples

How Does this Plugin Help you?

This plugin lets you create unique, responsive, one page link directory that you can show on any page, anywhere with short codes. It is an advanced Link Manager. It can also be used to create nice looking partners, associates, affiliates or Business Directory for your company if you want.

Forget those old and traditional, boring styles and layouts. This innovative and powerful, yet Link Directory PlugIn allows you to create and curate comprehensive Lists of links with website logo and a short description with ease. Build Useful Link Collections, Link Library, Business Diretory or Resource page of your favorite bookmarks in style with this Link Manager plugin. Share with your website users and let them share yours.

Curate dozens or hundreds of lists of relevant website links on any broad topic. Then show all your Link Lists in a beautiful layout on a single page. Or you can choose any single link List to show with short code. Let people upvote Links and show what they like. Possibilities are endless.

Lite Version vs Professional Version

The Lite or Free version of SLD is perfectly fine if you plan to have a small directory of few lists that you want to show on any one of your WordPress page. You can even use combinations of other 3rd party plugins to monetize website. Below are the Lite version Main Features:

  • Unlimited Directories and Lists that can be displayed on any of your pages easily
  • 4 Beautiful, Responsive Templates
  • Embed Option to share your Listing Directories
  • Show Single List or All Lists
  • Import Lists from CSV file
  • Integrated real support
  • Scroll to top
  • Outbound click tracking through google analytics
  • Upvote or Like Links
  • Add Link Button that Can Link to A Contact Form Page of Your Choice so Anyone Can Suggest Links to Your
  • Easy and Quick Short Code Generator, so you do not have to hunt down the shortcode parameters

A pro version of SLD is available with more advanced features to run a portal website.
Pro features:

Incredible Usability

  • Build lists with dozens or hundreds of links and show them in one page
  • Topic based Link Lists that can be Displayed Category wise
  • Auto Generate Title and Description from website link
  • Auto Generate Thumbnail from Website link
  • Tabbed Category Listing of All Your Lists
  • Use as Link Directory, Resources page, Links page, Partners page, Associates page, Logo showcase, Local Business Directory, or Vendors page. Possibilities are endless
  • Live, on page, instant search
  • Live, on page, instant filtering of lists
  • Scroll to Top Button
  • Optional Fixed Position Filter buttons that can be Left aligned or placed at top of your Lists

Community Features

  • Allow users to submit links
  • Complete front end user registration, login and link submission
  • Free or Paid Link Listing Opportunity
  • Auto approve option for user registration
  • New user role: SLD User
  • Auto approve links option
  • Manage user submitted links
  • Unlimited front end link submission for Admin user
  • Invite user interaction with Upvote
  • Choose your UpVote icon: Thumbs up, Firey Hot, Heart, Star or Smiley Face.
  • Allow users to embed your lists on their websites
  • Allow registered users to create their own Favorite List of links

Innovative Designs

  • 15 templates to choose from
  • Fully responsive and modern designs
  • Templates are designed for differenbt use case scenarios
  • Use theme fonts or choose a Google font
  • Fixed position filtering area option
  • Custom CSS to apply your own style

Extensive Customizability and Flexibility

  • Choose theme font or google font. Customize all aspects just the way you like
  • Configurable highlight color for each, different lists
  • Customize colors of all aspects of the link lists
  • Complete control over list ordering
  • Custom Ordering of Lists
  • Order List Items by Upvotes, Item title
  • Randomize List Items
  • Over 2 dozen shortcode parameters
  • Easy and Powerful Shortcode Generator – no need to hunt down all the different parameters
  • Custom JS and CSS panel to modify functionality
  • Pagination for List Items available as a shortcode option.
  • Mark Links as New or Featured

Advanced Functionality

  • 5 ways to add images: Auto Favicon, Font Awesome Icon, Upload Image, Paste Image Link, Generate Thumbnails from Links. This allows you to build your lists extremely quickly
  • Auto Generate Title and Description from website link
  • Auto Generate Thumbnail from Website link
  • Front End User Registration with Captcha, Log in, Link Submission
  • Alternaive option for link submission button (link to a contact form or google doc)
  • Admin Approves User Submitted Links to Listing or Set to Auto Approve
  • 3 widgets for Latest Links, Most Populat Links and Random Links
  • User Up Vote Items (restricted to 1 vote per day)
  • Admin settings to turn on/off live search, filtering
  • RTL support
  • Embed option. Other website owners can now embed the useful lists you create on their websites with a backlink to your own website. Great for SEO!
  • Google Analytics Integration for outbound link click tracking!
  • CSV Import to create new lists easily.
  • CSV Export your lists for backup
  • Import your exported CSV back with update lists and links

Link Directory for Company Intranet
* Allow any registered user to create their own favorite List by bookmarking links from your diretory lists.
* Dynamically add or remove links from bookmark list from front end
* Use a single master CSV file to Export and Import your listings

Speed

Creating lists is a breeze with SLD Each List item needs only a Title, Link, and an Image. The subtitle is optional. There are 4 ways to add images: Auto Favicon (as in auto), Font Awesome Icon, Upload Custom Image, or Paste External Image Link.

You can also build your list as CSV file in excel and import your Lists. You can export all your lists as CSV file, make changes, and import it back quickly.

SLD is optimized for speed and performance in code level.

SEO Friendly Directory

The templates’ HTML are SEO friendly. h2 and h3 tags were used as appropriate. You can define if a link should be no-follow or do-follow.

This plugin allows you to create a content hub and authority website.

Also, as part of your main website this plugin is a great addition because outbound links to relevant websites are great SEO plus marks for your website.

Monetization Option to Earn Money Online on Auto Pilot

  • Integrated PayPal payment option for user link submission
  • Create subscription package with any amount and your PayPal email ID
  • Free and/or Paid Listing to Earn Money
  • Claim Listing
  • Define link visibility duration and your currency of payment
  • AD/Text Block with each list to make money using shortcode of other plugin
  • URL masking option for affiliate links
  • SLD is the best way to earn money online – and the quickest. You can start making money with wordpress in 48 hours or less

Upgrade to Simple Link Directiory Pro
Looking for a Complete Solution? Check Out our Simple Link Directory Theme

ShortCode Generator

You are encouraged to use the SLD * handy Short Code generator * from your page’s Visual Editor. But here are the most important shortcode parameters if you want to do it manually.

Link Lists can be shown in the front end using short tags with different options:
[qcopd-directory mode=”all” column=”3″ style=”style-1″ ]

  1. mode
    Value for this option can be set as “one” or “all”.
  2. column
    Avaialble values: “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.
  3. style
    Avaialble values: “simple” or “style-1”.
    Only 4 templates are available in the free version. For more styles or templates, please purchase the premium version.
  4. orderby
    Compatible order by values: ‘ID’, ‘author’, ‘title’, ‘name’, ‘type’, ‘date’, ‘modified’, ‘rand’ and ‘menu_order’.
  5. order
    Value for this option can be set as “ASC” for Ascending or “DESC” for Descending order.
  6. list_id
    Only applicable if you want to display a single list [not all] out of your link directories. You can provide specific list id here as a value. You can also get ready shortcode for a single list under “Manage List Items” menu.
  7. enable_embedding
    Allow visitors to embed list in other sites. Supported values – “true”, “false”. Example: enable_embedding=”true”

** We welcome your feedback and new feature requests to improve the plugin! **

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Use

  1. After activating the plugin, create a new page or post. In the body section write this shortcode
    [qcopd-directory mode=”all” column=”3″ style=”style-1″ ]
  2. Save the page/post and check the page in front end. You’ll see a nicely designed Link Directory.
  3. Under the settings page in admin you can find the help in “Tabbed Category” menu.

Screenshots

  • BackEnd Create New List of Links
  • BackEnd Manage Your List of Links
  • BackEnd View All Your Lists
  • BackEnd Settings
  • Front end design template 2
  • Front end default design template

Installation

  1. Download the plugin zip file. Extract and upload simple-link-directory in your wp-content/plugins folder.
  2. From the wp-admin panel go to plugins and activate the plugin
  3. Create a new page and paste the plugin Short Code with short code generator.
  4. You are done.

FAQ

Does the free version have filter buttons?

No. It is a pro version feature at the moment. But in the future, we have plans to make it available in the free version as well.

I’m having trouble grasping the use of categories. It seems like and that they can only be assigned to a list rather than a specific link.

The base pillars of SLD are Lists, not individual links. The most common use case scenario of SLD is to create and display multiple Lists of many Links on specific topics. As such, there is no option for a Link (list item) to belong to multiple Lists or Categories. That would make the process of creating Lists slower. For each link you would have to select a List and a Category from drop downs despite the chances of a single List item to belong to multiple Lists are usually not that high. When you have dozens or hundreds of Lists that would become a real issue to create or manage your Lists.

Do you have pagination or load more items? I have thousands of links

Items in lists can be paginated in pro version. This option is available in the shortcode generator. But you can also add the parameters manually.

Values: “true”, “false”. This option will allow you to paginate list items. It will break the list page wise.
Example: paginate_items=“true”. You also need to add the parameter per_page. This option indicates the number of items per page. Default is “5”. paginate_items=“true” is required to get this parameter working.
Example: per_page=“5”

Lists themselves cannot be paginated as the main concept of SLD is to be a Simple, One Page Directory.

I have a list to import but it does not work and there is no message saying why my import does not work.

The most common reason for failed import is encoding. The CSV file itself and characters in it must be in utf-8 format. Please check your CSV file for any unusual/non-utf-8 characters. If the problem persists, please email us the CSV file.

I have some blank pages that are crawled by Google! How to avoid them?

Like many, if not most, WordPress plugins SLD uses custom posts and WordPress creates slug URLs even though they are not being used by SLD at the moment. We are working on making use of them.

But rest assured they are not harmful. They are generally not linked from anywhere and not indexed by Google. The only exception is if you have an XML sitemap generator that automatically scans and generates Links to these slug URLs. Yoast SEO plugin does that. You can exclude those slugs from xml sitemap. Go to Yoast->XML Sitemap->Post Types tag and select Manage List Items (sld) to Not in sitemap – then Save.

Does the free version of SLD have filter buttons?

No. It is a pro version feature at the moment. But in the future, we have plans to make it available in the free version as well.

How can I upgrade from free version of SLD to Pro version?
  1. Download the latest pro version of the plugin from website
  2. Log in to your WordPress admin area and go to the Plugins management page.
  3. Deactivate and Delete the old version of the plugin (don’t worry – your data is safe)
  4. Upload and Activate the latest pro version of the plugin
  5. You are done.
Do You Have a Pro Version FAQ for SLD?

Please check pro version FAQ for this plugin here: Pro Version FAQ for Simple Link Directory

I have setup List Categories and Lists and neither is showing on home page. Did I install correctly?

You have to put the short code on the WordPress oage or post page where you want to show the List/s. There is a Shortcode generator in your page or post visual editor. Use that to create shortcode and insert to your page, where you want to display the lists, easily.

Is SLD mobile friendly? Does it function well on cells and tablets?

Yes, all templates are mobile device friendly and Responsive.

Why can I not add more than 37(or any other) number of links in one list?

The issue you are having with saving the Lists is because of a limitation set in your server. Your server probably has a low limit for how many form fields it will process at a time. So, after you have added a certain number of links, the server refuses to save new link items. The server’s configuration that dictates this is max_input_vars. Set it to a high limit like max_input_vars = 10000. You can do it with local php.ini file or htaccess if your server supports it, Otherwise, please contact your hosting company support if needed.

How Can I Translate Your Plugin or Use Another Language Besides English?

We are working on better multi language support. In the mean time, you can use either WPML with String Translation addon or the Loco Translate plugin – which is free. If any string is missing, let us know.

Reviews

Superbly and smartly done plugin. Really like it.

I’ve been looking for a plugin to display my link directory for a good while.
There are a few around but none was good.
I almost abandon my idea to have my directory but lucky for me I came across Simple Link Directory. Exactly what I was after, can’t wish for anything else. My search is over for sure. Perfectly done plugin, unique in its design and professional/speedy service and help. Top stuff for sure. Well done guys, keep it on like that! Thanks for the plugin!

stop harassing me

You really need to stop harassing users about leaving reviews. Your nag menu won’t go away no matter what option I click.

Pro Version: Excellent

… and the support even better. Complex functionality, backend a bit crowded but self-explanatory. Easy set-up of options (but paid packages not yet tested). Support provides walk-through of issues via ticket and email until problem is solved. Highly recommended.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Link Directory” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

5.9.0

Improved deactivation survey and fixed duplicate emails

5.8.0

Added a survey for plugin deactivation

5.7.0

Replaced OT with custom framework for settings

5.6.0

Removed OT folders not being used by SLD plugin and improve security.

5.5.0

Allow any user role to no show review request

5.4.0

Moved Custom css to the bottom

5.3.0

Copy to Clipboard button added.

Add shortcode change to generate shortcode.

Shortcode generator updated.

5.2.0

Updated text.

5.1.0

Fixed a conflict with hueman theme

5.0.0

Fixed a conflict with sese theme

4.9.0

Improved help and tips

4.8.0

Item sorting issue fixed.

Help submenu added.

Item order None label is change to Menu Order.

Conflict CMB with Coastal theme – fixed.

4.7.0

Order=”none” should order according to backend ordering.

4.6.0

TPL_URL already defined issue fixed.

4.5.0

Fixed a conflict with max button plugin

4.4.0

Fixed an issue with WP fastest cache

4.3.0

New feature – mark item as featured

4.2.0

New sorting option added for list item – Date Modified.

4.1.0

Fixed upvote count for supercache

4.0.0

Embed option added in shortcode generator.

Added new Style-5.

3.9.0

Added new template style.

3.8.0

Add plugin credit similar to yoast.

Conflict with WP BackItUp Community Edition issue – fixed.

3.7.5

Upvote issue fixed.

3.7.0

Fixed packery conflict with Bridge theme

3.6.0

itemorderby upvote added in shortcode generator

3.5.2

Recommitting 3.5.0

3.5.0

Added option to change some system language

3.4.3

.ui-datepicker-group Class override issue – fixed. Removed Important flag.

3.4.2

.ui-datepicker-group Class override issue – fixed. Removed Important flag.

3.4.0

Removed some unnecessary CSS

3.3.5

Fixed a CSS issue causing links to not work with style-2

3.3.0

Rolled back CSS minifying issue fix because it was causing problem with Embed lists

WP reset added

3.2.0

Outbound Link Tracking – Added.

3.1.0

CSS minifying issue fixed.

Embed Credit Title and Link added.

3.0.0

New feature – Scroll to top button added.

Fixed – occassional Packery Overlap issue

2.9.0

Add Link Button added Which can Link to Any Page

2.8.5

Updated embed button design

2.8.4

Removed some text

2.8.2

Increased PHP version compatibility for this directory

2.8.1

fixed upvote display setting bug

2.8.0

http:// label added for item link.

Added rating review request.

Upvote feature added.

2.7.0

Custom Javascript Added in Settings area

Case insensitive Sorting fixed.

2.6.7

Fixed a bug for option tree conflict

2.6.6

Fixed a bug for php include error in some server

2.6.5

Fixed some potential css conflicts

Custom Css section added in settings

2.6.2

Adjusted some minor help language

2.6.0

Enable Top area added in General Setting.

Option tree added as Setting page

2.5.0

Do shortcode bug fix and small changes

2.4.0

Fixed some order & order by options.

order_by should removed as option for Single List in shortcode generator.

item_orderby added in shortcode.

2.3.0

  • Hide SLD from backend for subscriber user role

2.2.0

Embed icon update

Open new tab problem fixed.

Update All templates’ HTML/CSS to use H2 for the list title, then H3 for the link title, the link text should just be a paragraph. Done.

Font size & line height add for title & description through short code

2.0.0

*Support page email bug fixed

1.9.0

*Removed auto import of sample links

1.8.0

*Populate Directory with CSV import

1.7.1

*Minor bug fixes and a new section

1.7.0

*Added two more templates

0.9.1

*Initial version of Simple Link Directory

1.0

*Fixed some issues with plugin activation

1.6

*Fixed minor bugs, added embed option