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The Links widget is used to display links you’ve added via Links > Add New in the sidebar.

The default link category is blogroll.  A blogroll is a list of your favorite blogs in your blog sidebar. One of the reasons for adding a blogroll is so your readers can use this list to locate other blogs worth reading — you are saying“these are some blogs I like – which are worth checking out!”

Here’s what it looks like when it’s added to a blog sidebar:

Links Widget

Settings

Once you add the widget to your sidebar in Appearance > Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Links Widget settings

  • Links category: Allows you to select which of your links category you want to display.  This enables you to add multiple links widgets to different locations in your sidebar, and display a different link category in each one.
  • Sort by:  Links can be sorted by Link Title, Rating, Link ID or Randomly.
    • Link Title:  sorts links alphabetically.
    • Link Rating: you can set a rating for each link so the links are listed in the order they are rated.
    • Link ID:  displays the link list in the order the links were created.
    • Randomly: order is changed each time the link widget is viewed.
  • Show link image.  Displays the image specified by the image address in your links.
  • Show Link Description: Displays the description specified in your links.
  • Show Link Rating:  Displays the rating you specified when you added your link.
  • Number of links to show:  Controls the number of links listed.  Leave this blank if you want all links to be displayed.