WordPress.org

Plugin Reviews

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.

40 reviews
Average Rating
4.4 out of 5 stars
I love this plug in
By , for WP 4.1.1

I was looking for an easy way to have a link resource library for my membership and this was a great plug in for it. The CSS is customizable to fit whatever you need and it's a very solid plug in. Also, the creator is amazing at his customer support and updating for fixing bugs. There are people that say he updates too much, but you have the option to update on a timeframe basis or as they become available. My favorite function was the import function, it saved me from putting in over 500 individual links for different categories! I am very thankful for this plug in.

Just what I needed and great support!
By , for WP 4.1.1

This plugin is just what I was looking for and the support provided by the creator has been excellent! For what it does this plugin is pretty customizable...there isn't a lot of documentation, but as I said before the developer appears to be very active in the support forum and answers questions quickly!

Excellent plugin!
By , for WP 4.1.1

Very useful plugin. A little tricky to figure out but with a little creativity can be used for more than you might think!

Also appreciate the developer's support.

Great plugin!
By , for WP 3.9.3

Absolutely the best!! The developer has obviously put great time and efforts into building it ... you can tell, because the plugin works great!
Thank you.

Fantastic!
By ,

Great, great work. What a fantastic plugin, and more, what a fantastic support. Thx yannick!

Very good plugin
By , for WP 4.1.1

It does what I needed.

Very useful plugin
By , for WP 4.1

I have been very pleased with this plugin. There is a bit of a learning curve but the plugin is very flexible. The author keeps it updated.

Creative
By , for WP 4.1

You know, i cant believe how creative some developers are, but you made my day! never seen an more advanced pc. off code that should just generate some links. fascinated about it :)

Great plugin that met my needs.
By , for WP 4.1

I had to create a couple lists of websites with post date and description. The way that this plugin is created it allows to customize each section easily instead of having to dig into the php script.

You will need some degree of knowledge of HTML and CSS if you want to customize this, but if you intend to customize anything in the web you should know about it anyways.

Steep learning curve but great plug-in
By ,

Great plug
Link Library is an excellent plug-in to populate pages or posts with a selection of links. Word Press short codes - I did not know what they were at first - make working with Link Libray a breeze, allowing you to embed the output in the page almost any way you like.
Link Library uses your existing style sheet, so it fits in nicely with your existing pages and there are many options for customization. Overall very good.

But...
After working and trying to understand the plug-in for about a week now I start to get the hang of it and discover more and more features. I initially abandoned the plug-in because I could not figure it out, only to give it one more try two days later. What this plug lacks is a proper manual - adding that first rather than new features will unlock its potential for many non-technical skilled users. Note: my website is for personal use, not for business and I am not a programmer.

The other thing I struggle with is the interface. I am currently using this plug-in for a Dutch language website, which means that the quirky WordPress admin is in Dutch too, including the translation for Link Library. I use the "Admin in English" plug-in but that does not work for Link Libary, most of it is still in Dutch. The translation is far from perfect and makes looking up questions difficult because often you don't know the exact English word the developer uses.

Fortunately!
If WordPress has one potential fatal flaw then it is the fact that it needs so many third party plug-ins to achieve things. If a developer stops supporting a plug-in you as a website owner have a big problem. I use Link Library together with "My Link Order" and "Short codes in Side Bars" and I depend on all three of them. From what I've seen so far the developer provides excellent support here in the forums. And he has been around for a long time. A big, big plus. Thank you sir.

Links in WordPress are very limited by default but as the author explains in one of the support questions he stays close to the concept. which makes it more likely that the plug-in continues to work with future update (perhaps with minor adjustments). Makes perfect sense. love that too.

Rating
Overal rating is 4/5 because of the cluttered interface and the limited documentation.

Suggestions for future development
I am only using the plug-in for a week, so it is very likely some things are already available but:

  • Documentation: this will unlock the software for many more users.
  • Admin in English.
  • Redesign the interface, make it less crowded , for instance divide library settings over several different items. Add hyper-links to navigate the library settings, especially in the testing phase you keep on scrolling and after save, Link Library jumps to the main page, rather than staying on the Library Settings page.
  • Ability to filter output based on a period of time, e.g. a year. I bookmark news stories from various sources and one story a day is over 300 per year. I currently use a main category called "Read & Recommended" and annual categories like "Read & Recommended 2015"
  • additional fields: next to date added by web-master I would like a field for date of publication by newspaper; tags, and author like NY Times. Maybe it is possible to use existing fields for this but I haven't figured that out yet.
  • I understand a lot of the limitations are due to WordPress, but if there is any way to improve working with links, or adding subcategories I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for a great plug-in!

You must log in to submit a review. You can also log in or register using the form near the top of this page.