WordPress supports the ‘Blogroll’ model for links, which works fine for links but I wanted to be able to put together a series of pages listing links on different subjects for my CommunityNet project.
For example, I wanted to have links grouped into such topics as ‘Think Tanks’, ‘Animal Welfare Groups’, etc. I couldn’t work out a way of doing this in a manageable fashion through the existing WordPress functionality. I had a look around for Plugins but found nothing that seemed sensible for what I wanted, so I decided to ‘homebrew’.
Elsewhere in this blog I mention the use of WordPress Templates and so decided to develop a solution whereby each ‘Category’ of links would be on a separate page, and the page would contain the list of links.
Setting up the links
First of all, I imported the links I had in to the links table in the WordPress database. As there were relatively few, and they hadn’t yet been categorised, I just created an INSERT SQL scrip and ran them in with phpmyadmin. Alternatively, I could have simply added them in under the Blogroll option in the WordPress Dashboard.
I then set up the categories I desired, and made a note of the ‘ID’ value allocated by WordPress to each category. Finally, I allocated the links to the desired category.
Create a Template
I followed my own instructions, in the link above, and created a template page within the relevant theme for each category I wanted to have, based on the standard ‘Page’ template for the Theme.
Modify the Template
In a similar way to that detailed above, I replaced the call that normally puts the page content with a call to a WordPress routine that displays links.
<?php /* Template Name: Think Tanks */ ?>
<?php get_header(); ?> <?php get_sidebar(); ?> <div class="main-content">
<div class="entry"> <h2>Think Tanks</h2> <?php get_links(10, '<li>', '</li>', '<br />', FALSE, 'name', TRUE, FALSE, -1, TRUE, TRUE); ?>
</div> </div> <?php get_footer(); ?>
The first parameter of the get_links call – in this case 10 – is the ID of the category of links that you want displayed on this page. That’s why I suggested you write those Category IDs down…
And that’s it – you can add some static text to the page, but be aware that the links will be in a single long list.
This particular page is seen in action here, at CommunityNet.