We've been reading through the documentation and watched a video, and gone through all the options in the Dashboard, but whenever we try adding links to the Blog Roll or 'Blogs I follow' section, they never appear on my blog.

How do you add favorite links/links to blogs to the side of the blog?

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  • Have you checked LINKS post type. – amit Aug 10 '12 at 5:02
  • Yep, and it posts a link (as a post), but it doesn't add it to the sidebar. Which is what we're trying to do. – jason Aug 10 '12 at 5:03
  • what you're using ? any plugin or function ? to show those links ? – amit Aug 10 '12 at 5:04
  • Plugins? Functions? Can't you just add a link to the sidebar from within the Dashboard? We're not using any plugins at the moment. Which ones would you suggest? – jason Aug 10 '12 at 5:06
  • We're not hosting our blog ourselves, we're just using Wordpress.com – jason Aug 10 '12 at 5:09

There are two ways to get what you want.

Link Manager

Go to wp-admin/link-manager.php, add a new link and enable the Links widget inwp-admin/widgets.php in one of your sidebars.
However, the link manager will be removed in the next version (WP 3.5). It will be converted to a plugin. I would not rely on it.

Custom Menu

Create a new custom menu in wp-admin/nav-menus.php, name it … Links and add custom links to it. Don’t forget to press Save. :)

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Now go to wp-admin/widgets.php, enable the widget Custom Menu and activate the Links menu.

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This will not change any time soon. I asked for it and I was told there are no plans to touch the widgets for 3.5.


The widget method is a decent method, but hand-coding the sidebar is my preferred technique, because it lets you easily change the order, any rel="nofollow/dofollow" settings, titles, etc.

It's pretty simple, all you have to do is make a list using the link's < a > tags within < li > tags, paste the code in the sidebar file, and use the CSS file to style it (if you have a "sidebar" section in the CSS, be sure to put the styling in there so you can find it again).

Since this method doesn't use a widget, it also gives the server a little less to do.

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