The Links feature allows you to add, edit, and manage a list of external links, which you can then display, via a Widget, on your blogsite.  This feature is also commonly referred to as a “blogroll”.

This is a handy tool if you ever want to display a list of external links to your blog visitors.  Additionally, if you choose to keep the list private, it can be used as a reference tool for you and any others who help with your blogsite.

While within the Dashboard, when you click on the Links menu item in your left sidebar, a list of links will appear.  From this screen, you can edit any existing links that may be present.  By default, links to and will already exist on your blogroll.

Add New Link

To add a new link, do the following:

  • Click on Links > Add New
  • Name: Enter a name for your link.
  • Web Address: Enter your desired web address.  Make sure that the address is correct, other wise your users will receive a 404 Page Not Found error.
  • Description: Optionally, you can add a description of the page that the link connects to.  This will show as a tool tip when someone hovers over the link in the Link collection.
  • Categories: Select a category, or categories, if desired.  If a suitable category is not present, you can click on the +Add New Category link to create one, if you choose to.
  • Target: This determines how you want the page to open up.
    • _blank: opens the page in a new window or tab
    • _top: opens the page in the current window or tab with no frames
    • _none: opens the page in the current window or tab that you are using
  • Link Relationship (XFN): If you happen to be linking to another person’s web page, this optional feature will allow you a few different ways to describe how you are related to that person.
  • Advanced: This optional feature allows you to set some advanced options
    • Image Address: Allows you to insert an image link to correspond with the blogroll link, if desired.
    • RSS Address: Allows you to insert an RSS feed address, if desired.
    • Notes: Allows you to keep private notes regarding the site you are creating a link to.
    • Rating: Allows you to rate the content you are creating a link to.

Additionally, you have the option of keeping the link private, if you so choose, by clicking the Keep this link private checkbox.

When you’re finished adding everything you want to add, just click the Add Link button and your new link will be added to your Links collection.

Edit Link

To edit a link, click on the Links > Edit menu item in the Links menu group.  This will bring up your Link collection.  Just click on the title of the link you want to change to open it, make the desired changes, and then click the Update Link button.

Link Categories

Categorizing your Links can help you more easily manage large, complex Link collections.  Additionally, any categories that you group your links into can be used to filter how your external links are displayed in the Links Widget.

To create a new category for your link, do the following:

  • Click on Links > Link Categories
  • Name: Provide a name for your link.
  • Description: Provide an optional description for your category.  This can help others who work within your site to more effectively add items to an appropriate category.

When you’re finished filling out the information, just click the Add Category button.  Your new category will appear in the category list at the right of the screen.

Comments are messages that your audience can leave as a response to your blog material.  When commentary is posted by a general user, by default it goes into a moderation queue to be approved by an Editor or Administrator on your blogsite.

Comment Notification

You’ll be notified in a few different ways when new comments land in your queue.

If you happen to be within your Dashboard as a new comment arrives you’ll see a visual indicator next to the Comments menu item.  Additionally, if the Recent Comments Screen Option is enabled, you’ll see list of comments highlighted in yellow that need to be approved.

If you don’t happen to be on your blogsite when comments arrive, you will also be notified via e-mail.

Approving Comments

To approve a comment, just hover your mouse a bit below the comment teaser text and a menu list of options will appear.  Click on the Approve option.

After approving the comment, the yellow background color will change and the comment will be visible on the Site View of your blog.

Replying to Comments

There are a couple of different ways that you can reply to comments: directly from your Dashboard or from the Site View itself.

To reply to comments from your Dashboard, just hover below the comment teaser text and then click on the Reply option.  A small text editor will appear beneath the comment.  Enter your reply and then click the Submit Reply button.  Your reply will then be posted in the comments list and will also appear on the Site View blog entry.

To reply to comments from the Site View, locate the blog entry with the comment you wish to respond to and click on the Comment link at the bottom of the blog entry.  Once within the blog entry, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, enter a reply in the text field, and click the Submit Comment button.  After submitting the reply it will be posted in comments list at the top of the text field.

Deleting Comments

To delete comments, from your Dashboard view, just hover below the comment teaser text and click on the Delete option.  A window will pop up to verify whether you really want to delete the item or not.  Click the OK button.  The comment will be deleted.  Note: if you have replied to a comment that has been deleted, your comment will not automatically be deleted with the originating commentary.  You will probably want to clean up any responses.

Marking Spam

Spam is defined as unsolicited, unwanted, indiscriminate bulk messages that appear in electronic messaging systems such as within blog comments, forums, and e-mail.  To mark a comment as spam, hover below the comment teaser text and click on the Spam option.  The comment will disappear and a notification that something has been marked as spam will appear up in the Right Now Screen Option panel.

Marking spam comments as such, versus deleting them outright, is helpful within the WordPress system as we utilize Akismet, a plugin that helps to report and handle spam content.

Unmarking Spam

If something has been accidentally marked as spam, click on the Spam link in the Right Now Screen Option panel.  This will open the Edit Comment screen.  Select the comment in question, choose “Approve” from the Bulk Actions drop down box, and then click the Apply button.  The comment will be restored.

The term “content” is a generic term that applies to all different forms of media that are utilized within a WordPress blogsite.

In WordPress, content is broken down into five categories:

  • Comments
  • Links
  • Media
  • Pages
  • Posts

In the following sub-sections we’ll focus on how to use each feature.

WordPress contains a couple of main categories of use which may or may not be available to you, depending upon the level of permissions you possess on a given blogsite.

Most obvious is the ability to post and manage content.  Most users who are registered on a WordPress blogsite have the capability to impact content at some level.

If you are a blog owner, though, you are automatically the Administrator of your own blogsite.  This particular role has the ability to not only post content, but to also configure many different site settings and manage users.

We’ll take a look at both the Content and the Configuration group of features within this section.