3 thoughts on “No Good WordPress Blogroll Plugins

  1. Replied to No Good WordPress Blogroll Plugins by Brad Enslen (Brad Enslen)

    Feh. Apparently there are no good blogroll plugins for WordPress.   I did look extensively through the WP plugins directory but didn’t find anything interesting. Most plugins were way out of date for my version of WP.

    Might be an opportunity there for the Indieweb movement to aid discovery.

    Apologies Brad. I just saw your follow up post and had meant to reply to your earlier one when I saw it last week, I just didn’t have the time to write a quick response. I had hoped you might have found something even better than what I’ve put together previously or perhaps started building a newer and shinier edifice.
    There is actually an excellent and solid “plugin” for creating a blogroll, but it’s actually been hiding in WordPress core for ages: the original Link Manager. Use of it declined so much it was programatically “removed”, but all the code is still in core, it still works wonderfully, and it only requires a single line of code (or the simplest plugin ever written) to re-enable it.
    It was very solid and didn’t need much iteration, so it should work fine with current versions of WordPress–it certainly does on mine.
    I’ve written up a bunch of details on how and what I did (as well as why), so hopefully it’ll give you a solid start including some custom code snippets and reasonably explicit directions to make some small improvements for those that may be a bit code-averse. Hint: I changed it from being a sidebar widget to making it a full page. Let us know if you need help making some of the small code related changes to get yourself sorted.
    Even if you just want a plug and play plugin, there are details for that in the post as well, you’ll just be stuck with putting the blogroll into a traditional sidebar position. (With conditional statements in the sidebar widget, you  could restrict the blogroll widget to only displaying on a “Following” page, for example.)
    I do think there is still a more IndieWeb way of doing this, potentially by making follow posts with mark up that could be parsed by microsub readers perhaps? Certainly dovetailing something with microsub seems to be a laudable goal. I would like to eventually dive into the Link Manager code and add some additional microformats as well as update the OPML to v2, but there’s enough back compatibility that the older version is fine for most use cases I’ve run across. I know David Shanske has some ideas about some changes he’d like to see in the future as well. You could always also go super low tech the way Greg did and have a blogroll post that you update over time, though perhaps a page is a better way to go? Updating things to be more automated is certainly a reasonable goal though.
    Give it a spin and see what you think. Here’s my Following page (aka blogroll) with details at the very bottom for subcategories of OPML subscription. I’ll try to update the IndieWeb blogroll page with some of these details to make them more imminently findable as well.


    Pasadena, California, United States of America

    via boffosocko.com

    • Chris, I actually owe you two thank yous: 1. OPML subscriptions, in my hunt I ran across your reference to OPML subscriptions. Since I already use Inoreader I subscribed to your Indieweb sub. I’m probably now set for life for reading! Thanks for making those available they do aid discovery. 2. Thanks for taking the time for such a thoughtful and detailed reply.

      I’m currently doing maintaining a blogroll ala Greg McVerry’s manual way but that means it’s going to grow real slow. I think I’m going to take your advice and resurrect the WP Links function. I think I saw some plugin to make shortcodes for Links so I can create pages.

      The hunt for blogroll plugins was not a waste of time since it led me to a plugin for a small directory. I didn’t like that directory plugin for a blogroll but it works for other things.

      Last, I like the idea of creating an automated list of, perhaps everyone who comments via webmention or just approved comments of any sort. Something not quite a blogroll but a recognition or reward for people who take the time to comment. I don’t have the skills to make something like that, or to hack php, but it seems like something an Indieweb programmer could turn into a very useful WordPress plugin.

      Thanks again.

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