How to Create and Categorize Your WordPress Blogroll - dummies

How to Create and Categorize Your WordPress Blogroll

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

A blogroll is a list of links that you display on your WordPress blog. You can add and manage the links in your blogroll. To view your default blogroll, click the Links menu on the Dashboard navigation menu. The Links page opens, and you see the default links already included in your WordPress blog.


If you want to remove a link from your blogroll, select the box to the left of the link name; select Delete from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu at the top of the page, and click the Apply button.

Creating link categories

WordPress lets you have an unlimited number of link categories on your blog. Link categories, which function similarly to the post categories, allow you to separate your blogrolls (or list of links) into topical categories.

By default, WordPress sets up a link category for you called — by no coincidence — Blogroll. To add a new Link Category, click the Link Categories link on the Links menu to open the Link Categories page on your Dashboard.

You add a new link category the same way you add new post categories.

Adding new links to your blogroll

To add a new link to your blogroll, click the Links subtab and then click the Add New link. The Add New Link page opens.


Follow these steps to add your new link:

  1. In the Name text box, type the name of the website you’re adding.

  2. In the web Address text box, type the website’s URL, making sure to include thepart.

  3. (Optional) In the Description text box, type a short description of the website.

  4. In the Categories box, select the check box to the left of the category you want this link to appear in.

  5. (Optional) Select the target for your link in the Target box.

    The target tells your browser how you want this link to load in your visitor’s browser window after the visitor clicks it. You have three choices:

    • _blank: Loads the link in a new browser window

    • _top: Loads the link in the top frame (if your site is designed with frames)

    • None: Loads the link in the same browser window (the default setting, should you choose to overlook this step)

    The third option — None — is recommended.

  6. (Optional) Select the Link Relationship (XFN) option and define why you’re providing this link.

    XFN, or XHTML Friends Network, allows you to indicate the relationship you have with the people you are linking to by defining how you know, or are associated with, them. Table 4-1 lists the different relationships you can assign to your links.

    Link Relationship Description
    Identity Select this check box if the link is to a website you own.
    Friendship Select the option (Contact, Acquaintance, Friend, or None) that
    most closely identifies the relationship.
    Physical Select this check box if you’ve met the person
    you’re linking to face to face. Sharing pictures over the
    Internet doesn’t count — this selection identifies a
    person you’ve physically met.
    Professional Select one of these check boxes if the person you’re
    linking to is a co-worker or colleague.
    Geographical Select Co-Resident if the person you’re linking to lives
    with you. Or select Neighbor or None, depending on which option
    describes your relationship with the person.
    Family If the blogger you’re linking to is a family member,
    select the option that tells how the person is related to you.
    Romantic Select the option that describes the type of romantic
    relationship you have with the person you’re linking to. Do
    you have a crush on him? Is she your creative muse? Is he someone
    you consider to be a sweetheart? Select the option that most
    closely identifies the romantic relationship, if any.
  7. (Optional) Select advanced options for your link in the Advanced box:

    • Rel: Enter the link relationship in this text box. This adds a rel value to the hyperlink and allows you to style links based on the value. There are several link rel values you can use here — you can read more about rel values at

    • Image Address: This option associates an image with the link, and some WordPress themes display the image on your site along with the link. Type the URL for the image in the Image Address box. For this purpose, you need to know the direct URL to the image (for example,

    • RSS Address: Type the RSS feed URL for the blog you are linking to. WordPress displays the link to the site’s RSS feed alongside the link that appears on your site. Not all WordPress themes accommodate this feature.

    • Notes: Type your notes in the Notes box. These notes aren’t displayed on your site, so feel free to leave whatever notes you need to further define the details of this link. A month from now, you may not remember who this person is or why you linked to her, so you can add notes to remind yourself.

    • Rating: Use the Rating drop-down menu to rate this link from 0 to 10, 0 being the worst and 10 being the best. Some WordPress themes display your blogroll in the order you rate your links, from best to worst.

  8. Scroll to the top of the page, and click the Add Link button.

    Your new link is saved and a blank Add New Link page opens, ready for you to add another new link to your blogroll(s). Additionally, in the Save section at the top right, you can choose to keep this link private; this option, if selected, keeps the link from being displayed publicly on your blog. The link would be kept protected and for your eyes only.

Revisit the Manage Links page anytime you want to add a new link, edit an old link, or delete an existing link. You can create an unlimited amount of blogroll categories to sort your blogrolls by topics.