Update: June 14, 2009
[Grouped Links Widget, version 2.x for WP 2.8+ is available here]
Grouped Links Widget can use any number of widget instances to group links by their associated link categories. This adds a bit more CMS functionality to WordPress.
If the blogroll is grouped into link categories and each category contains internal tag references, then you can flexibly group link categories and put these link groups into your sitebar(s). This, of course, works with traditional external links put in a blogroll too.
Here is a picture about how this works:
Initially the number of widget instances is limited to 8, but can be easily increased by editing the source code. However, in most cases 8 link groups (=widget instances) should be sufficient.
Each group of link categories can be sorted by name acending or decending. If simple sorting doesn’t fit to your desired order to appear in the sidebar, then create more than one link group and place them in the sidebar as you wish.
Grouped Links Widget is a simple widget, it mainly uses wp_list_bookmarks. If you want to add more functionality, don’t hesitate to modify the code 😉
Download of Version 1.0.3: grouped-links-widget.1.0.3.zip
- Unzip grouped-links-widget.zip inside the /wp-content/plugins/ directory; a sub-directory grouped-links-widget is created
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Choose the number of link groups via the ‘Manage / Grouped Links’ menu
- Place and configure your Grouped Links widgets via ‘Design / Widgets’ menu
[1.0.3] — Update for WP 2.7 compatibility
[1.0.2] — Fixes some HTML quirks
[1.0.1] — Fixes some decoration problems
[1.0] — Initial release