Managing Links

Listing

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This screen lists all the links in the current blogroll in an interface that is very similar to Movable Type's entry and comment listings. Information about each link including its name, description, url, category, priority and hidden status is displayed. Clicking on a link's name will take you to the editing page where you can edit the link's details. Checkboxes at the side allow you to select and delete links from the blogroll. The graphic at the end of each row will take you to the website linked.

The listing can be manipulated in several ways:

  • Filtering - Similar to Movable Type listings, links can be filtered by several criteria:
    • status - you can filter links based on whether they've been marked as visible or hidden
    • category - you can filter links based on the category they've been assigned to
    • tag - you can filter links based on their tags
  • Display Options - Here you can customize how the listing appears:
    • show - you can specify the number of links to display per page
    • view - allows you to choose between compact and expanded views. In the expanded view, the description and author of the links are also displayed.
    • sorting - you can customize the sorting of the links by priority, name and created on date and in ascending or descending order

The Open Batch Editor link will open the Power Editing Mode.

Editing

Editing Screen

This screen allows you to add and edit links in your blogroll. The page contains a variety of different fields that can store information about your links and are grouped by functionality:

  • Priority - this field allows you define a custom sort order for your links i.e. if you want your links to always appear in a certain order
  • Hide - this checkbox allows you to have private links that will not be published on your blog but will be visible from the admin interface of MT Blogroll.
  • Name - The name or title of the link
  • URI - The URI (or URL) of the link
  • Authors - The name(s) of the author(s) of the link
  • Description - A short description of the link
  • XFN Relationships - Using the XFN generator, you can define a human relationship with the link. Read more about XFN here
  • Category - This drop down menu allows you to assign a primary category to a link (similar to assigning a primary category to an entry in Movable Type). The link underneath the drop down menu will allow you to choose more categories to assign to this link.
  • Tags - You can also tag your links. Tags are another way to classify your links and are less structured than categories. More information on tagging
  • Target - This field allows you to define the target of the link - determines which window in a user's browser the link will open:
    • _self will open it in the same window
    • _blank will cause the link to be opened in a new window
    • _parent is used in a webpage with frames and makes the link load in the immediate frameset parent of this document
    • _top is also used in conjunction with frames and makes the link load in the full body of the window.

An easy way to add links to your blogroll is to use the Quick Add box underneath the breadcrumbs. This box is available throughout MT Blogroll. Simply enter a URL and MT Blogroll will fetch all the details it can (typically the name, description and authors) and add the link to your blogroll.

Blogroll It!

Similar to Movable Type's Quickpost bookmarklet, MT Blogroll's Blogroll It! bookmarklet allows you to add links to your blogroll in a click.

Create the Blogroll It! Bookmarklet

Creating the bookmarklet is quite simple. Simply choose the fields you would like displayed in the Blogroll It! window and then hit Create. By default, a Blogroll It! window will always have:

  • a pulldown menu for the blogroll to post to
  • a pulldown menu to select the status (visible or hidden) of the link
  • a text entry box for the name of the link
  • text entry box for the link's URI.

After clicking Create, you will be given a link for the Blogroll It! bookmarklet. Simply drag this to your browser's bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks folder to create the bookmarklet. To use Blogroll It! simply click the bookmarklet and a window will be created with several fields filled in. Choose a blogroll to add the link to and fill in the rest of the fields and once you're done hit Save. The link will be added to the blogroll and you'll get a prompt to rebuild (only after a rebuild will the new link show up on your blog's pages).

Importing

From this screen, you can import your links from a variety of other link managers. Links can be imported in two ways:

Importing via OPML

Import OPML

MT Blogroll is capable of importing OPML files. OPML files are files that contain information about a group of links, most feed readers and link managers allow you to export your links to an OPML file. More information on OPML is available at the [http://www.opml.org/ OPML website]. To import links via OPML:

  1. If your OPML file in online, enter the url to the OPML file in the OPML URL field; this URL should be a full URL including the domain name, for example http://www.example.com/links.opml. Blogrolling users can find their OPML URL in the Get Code section of the Member Panel.

  2. If the OPML file is on your computer, choose it by clicking the Browse button

  3. Choose a category to which imported links will automatically be assigned. This field is optional and if no value is selected then imported links will not be assigned to any category.

  4. Hit Import Links and after links have been imported, you will be taken to the blogoroll listing. A rebuild is necessary to have the links show up on your site.

Importing from Bloglines

Import Bloglines

MT Blogroll is capable of importing directly from [http://www.bloglines.com Bloglines]. To import from Bloglines, simply enter your Bloglines username (not the email you use to login) and hit Import Links. After links have been imported, you will be taken to the blogoroll listing. A rebuild is necessary to have the links show up on your site.

If you are unsure of your Bloglines username, log into Bloglines and go to the My Feeds section. In the right hand pane, click the Share tab and note down the value of the Your User Name field - this is the value you need to enter into MT Blogroll.

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Importing from Delicious

Import Bloglines

To import links from del.icio.us into MT Blogroll:

  1. Enter your del.icio.us username and password
  2. Select a default category for these links to be assigned to. This is not required
  3. Click Import Links and your links will be imported from del.icio.us

Exporting

Export Screen

Your links can be exported by MT Blogroll from the Export screen. To export links, simply click the button choose a location to save this file. Links are exported in the OPML formatted which means it can be re-imported into MT Blogroll or many other link managers or feed readers.

About

This is part of the official user manual for MT Blogroll, a plugin for Movable Type by Arvind Satyanarayan.

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