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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.

9 reviews
Average Rating
4.4 out of 5 stars
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Steep learning curve but great plug-in
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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!

Great plugin use it a lot
By , for WP 4.0

I love ths plugin and must say my linkbuilding has ben omproved a lot. Lots of options.

Great!
By , for WP 3.9.1

Great plugin for making an index of links.

Only giving 4 stars is because I missing Category to be part of WP, so I can make a menu containing of categories.
It would also be great if you could tag the links, and use that for navigation also.

But a great plugin that is easy to work with out of the box.

Great plugin but needs documentation
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This is a great plugin and you can do a lot with it, but it takes work to setup. Have a look at my dutch travel agencies page (it's using WP UI plugin for tabs and accordeon)

The biggest problem I had was figuring out all the options (and working around some bugs).

It doesn't make sense that Yannick does not provide a proper manual... because that would:
1. make the plugin more attractive
2. show off his writing skills
3. an opportunity to advertise the book he wrote

Thanks.
By , for WP 3.5.1

Great plugin. Solved many a design issue I had.

Easy to use, easy to work with.

Functional but Complex
By , for WP 3.5.1

I like what can be acheived with this plugin, but found it a bit complex to set up. Also I found the display to be a bit hard to configure.

This said, there are a lot of tool tips and helpful notes, so although not easy for a beginner it does the job and will be fine once learnt.

Things that would be nice to see improved would be a nice default layout out of the box and simple styling options.

4 Stars for the idea and ? if works more
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4 Stars for the idea and ? if works more.

Good luck! :)

Good plugin
By , for WP 3.5

It isn't a very sophisticated plugin but it works the way I want so I recommend it!

Works Well
By , for WP 3.8.1

Much more than I need, but a great system!

Well-maintained.

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