VS Link Manager



With this lightweight plugin you can display a set of links from the Link Manager.

The Link Manager is part of WordPress but disabled by default. This plugin will activate it again.

Add shortcode [links] to a page to display your blogroll.

You can customize your blogroll by adding attributes to the shortcode.

This plugin can also be used to create a link portal.

How to use

After activation you will notice a new menu item called “Links”. Add categories and links here. Links must be assigned to a category.

Create a page and add shortcode [links] to display your blogroll.

Default settings categories:

  • 4 columns
  • Order by name
  • Ascending order (A-Z)
  • Empty categories are hidden

Default settings links:

  • Order by name
  • Ascending order (A-Z)
  • All links are displayed


You can add attributes to the shortcode mentioned above.

  • Add custom CSS class to blogroll: class="your-class-here"
  • Change the number of columns: columns="3"
  • Include certain categories: include="1,3,5"
  • Exclude certain categories: exclude="8,10,12"
  • Display empty categories too: hide_empty="0"
  • Display category description: category_description="true"
  • Change number of links per category: limit="5"
  • Display links in descending order: order="DESC"
  • Display links by ID: orderby="ID"
  • Display links in random order: orderby="rand"
  • Hide link title: hide_title="true"
  • Hide link description: hide_description="true"
  • Change the “no link categories are found” text: no_link_categories_text="your text here"

With the columns attribute you can set the number of columns between 1 and 4. In mobile screens 2 columns (except the 1 column blogroll).

You can disable the columns with columns="0". This can be useful for your own styling.

The hide link title attribute only has effect when the link has an image assigned to it.

Example: [links include="1,3,5" category_description="true" limit="5"]


This plugin activates the Links widget again. Because this widget is part of WordPress, plugin has no control over it.

Have a question?

Please take a look at the FAQ section.


Translations are not included, but the plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

The translation folder inside this plugin is redundant, but kept for reference.


Without the WordPress codex and help from the WordPress community I was not able to develop this plugin, so: thank you!



  • Link Manager (GeneratePress theme)
  • Link Manager (dashboard)
  • Links page (dashboard)


Where is the settings page?

Plugin has no settings page, use the shortcode with attributes to make it work.

How can I change the layout or colors?

You can use an attribute to change the number of columns or to disable the columns. But you should use custom CSS for making other changes.

If you disable the columns CSS class “vslm-custom” is added to the blogroll. This can be useful for your own styling.

Can I order links by date?

No, this is not possible.

But with the orderby and order attribute you can order links by ID and in descending order. That way new links will be displayed first.

Where to find the category ID?

Every category URL contains an unique ID. You will find this ID when hovering the category title in your dashboard or when editing the category.

It’s the number that comes after: tag_ID=

Where to find the link ID?

Every link URL contains an unique ID. You will find this ID when hovering the link title in your dashboard or when editing the link.

It’s the number that comes after: link_ID=

Does this plugin have its own block?

Not yet, but might be added in the near future.

Why is there no semantic versioning?

The version number won’t give you info about the type of update (major, minor, patch). You should check the changelog to see whether or not the update is a major or minor one.

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and want to make a donation? There’s a PayPal donate link at my website. Thank you!

Other questions or comments?

Please open a topic in the WordPress.org support forum for this plugin.




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Version 2.1

  • Added extra validation for link category query
  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.0

  • Bumped the “requires PHP” version to 7.0
  • Bumped the “requires at least” version to 5.0

Version 1.9

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.8

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.7

  • Minor changes in code

Version 1.6

  • Removed function load_plugin_textdomain() because redundant
  • Plugin uses the WP language packs for its translation
  • Kept translation folder for reference
  • Because of this change plugin now requires at least WP 4.6

Version 1.5

  • Plugin has a new name
  • But plugin itself and ownership did not change

Version 1.4

  • Textual changes

Version 1.3

  • Fix: custom CSS class

Version 1.2

  • New: attribute for adding custom CSS class to the blogroll
  • Better validating, sanitizing and escaping

For all versions please check file changelog.