Have you tried:
– deactivating all plugins (yes, all) to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s). Don’t forget the ones in mu-plugins. If you can’t get into your admin dashboard, try resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.
– switching to the Twenty Eleven theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.
I will do so, but I have so few, and the ones I have, I already had before there was a problem.
But, I will do so and see what happens.
Sadly, deactivating the plug ins has had no impact on my ability to create new links.
Just to test, try installing a new WordPress in a test folder. See if you can add links in it.
If you have used copy/paste into any of your existing pages, and pasted from Microsoft Word, or from content copied from a website, you may have unintentionally brought along some extra unintended code which is breaking things. Word is especially infamous for throwing in extra junk.
If you are aware of such things happening, you may want to remove those posts and see if that fixes it. Before doing so, use the Export feature to get a backup of your database.
If the test site you installed worked, try importing that exported content into it and see what happens. If it breaks the test install, then you know that one of your posts/pages is breaking it. If it does not break it, then something with your actual WordPress content is breaking it.
If it does not break the test install, then you can try switching your theme on the main, and/or installing the main again and importing your content into it.
As always, make sure you have a backup.
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