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  • OK, let me start by saying I love WP. I moved here two days ago from my Movable Type which I also use, primarily for the change of pace and the learning experience it afforded me. Also, I love the many gorgeous themes available for my blog with WP.

    The problem is that MT is CGI based, more or less, and WP is PHP based. That little factoid makes the learning curve a tad challenging for me because PHP is something I am only slightly familiar with. So far though, I have been able to muck my way through making a couple of nice blogs. One of them is located at

    This is a fitness journal I use to chronicle my strength training. As you can see I am still tweaking it.

    One of the areas I am struggling with is LINKS.

    I am having so much trouble with it that I ended up gun-coding strict html UL to make my links, but that is cheating. 😛

    I want to learn how to use the links.php and links manager, and I am having trouble figuring out how WP connects the links.php page and the links manager. I basically do not know how to “turn on” the links.php page and make the blogroll/links show up in my sidebar.php

    I realize this is basic WP stuff, but as I said I am new. I would love it if someone would help me with a handful of ‘structions.


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  • PS I am using

    <h2><?php _e(‘Links’); ?></h2>

      <?php get_links(‘-1’, ‘

    • ‘, ‘
    • ‘, ‘ ‘); ?>

    in my side bar, but all it does is display the word LINKS, it does not actually display THE links. Hmmmm

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    You should probably try using get_links_list() or wp_get_links() instead. get_links() will work, but it’s a bit manual. wp_get_links() is my preference, because I can have a lot of control over each link using the Link Manager this way.

    And this may be a dumb question, but have you actually created any links in the Link Manager? They must exist for it to display them. 😉

    Just to add a bit to Otto’s post:
    displaying the links (and Blogroll is just one category/group of links!) in the sidebar or on a separate Page – are two totally different tasks!
    Most themes don’t even have a links.php Page template, and the links usually are displayed in the sidebar (see sidebar.php) by using one of the template tags mentioned above.
    Some bloggers, especially if they have a huge number of links, prefer to have their links shown on a different Page – that’s where the links.php Page template comes into play.

    For displaying the links in the sidebar you just have to have the template tag in the sidebar template… then start adding links through the Links Manager (in admin).
    For using the separate Page template – you have to create a new Page by using that special template (i.e. selecting it from the dropdown while creating the new Page), NO content should be typed in it… and you are done. Probably, in this case you’ll have to put a link to the Page somewhere in your navigation.

    Thanks for the help, lol, but here is the issue,

    wp_get_links() is a great command, but where to I put it and what tags need to enclose it?

    Here is what I am currently using, and it seems to work. Took some playing but it gave me some results.

    <h2><?php _e(‘Links’); ?></h2>

      <?php get_linksbyname(”, ‘

    • ‘, ‘
    • ‘, ”, TRUE, ‘name’, FALSE, TRUE); ?>

    now look at

    It displays link names. But, what if I want it to display link names and discriptions?

    All the template tags have detailed description, usage examples and parameters to use:

    Well, I have it working fairly nicely,


    <?php get_linksbyname(”, ‘

  • ‘, ‘
  • ‘, ”, TRUE, ‘name’, FALSE, TRUE); ?>

    But I want the links to be grouped according to category, and I fear the above code is missing something. I want the link names displayed, but I want the links to br grouped by blog, category and rating. Is that possible?

OK I am beginning to get the hang of this. Thanks guys.

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