WordPress ODLinks Plugin Guide & Instructions

Posted by M. 4Gani under Root, Tools, WordPressi:

Open Directory Links (Website Directory Project) is a WordPress plugin.
ODLinks 1.4.3-a is now available.

last changes (May 2018)

last changes (15.03.2013 about: 15:00 GMT)
To display the latest xx ads in the sidebar,
you copy the following code and place it anywhere else in the sidebar.
<?php lastODLinksSidebar(8) ?>

last changes  (Today 07.03.2013 about: 15:00 GMT)
– implemented the page navigation functionality
– updated to uses the thumbshots.ru for the Website screenshots
The update fixes website’s search function. [not important!]
Save your local changes (you have any) and unzip the file and overwrite existing directories and files.


The plugin can help you to start a profitable website directory which is the same as the DMOZ.org directory.This plugin is under active development. If you experience problems, please first make sure you have installed the latest version. Feature requests, bug reports and comments can be submitted [here]
1) Click here to download the odlinks plugin last release

Installing the plugin:

1. Unzip the downloaded file and upload the odlinks folder to your WordPress plugins folder (/wp-content/plugins/)
2. Log into your WordPress admin panel
3. So go ahead and activate the ODLINKS plugin, which should appear in the list of installed plug-ins.
4. “ODLinks” will now be displayed in your admin panel.
5. For first step instructions, go to Options “Settings”

You will need to make the Smarty cache and template_c folders writable (chmod 777):
Use your FTP client to change its permissions to 777.
* odlinks/includes/Smarty/cache
* odlinks/includes/Smarty/templates_c

Once you have changed the folder permissions, return to your browser, and refresh it.
Now you can submit your settings. After submission, installer process will create the tables automatically.

For your information, after submitting the settings a new page will be created with the title [[odlinks]](in upper letters) .
This title will be also added to the content of pages automatically.
Do NOT remove the page. The plugin work correctly with this page ID.
Please, you should keep the default title[[odlinks]] (in upper letters) of page to make it to work…

To uninstall and deactivate the plugin, please go to Options “uninstall” under ODLinks menu.

6. Creating/Editing a category and subcategory
– Before deploying, you should create and set-up the categories and subcategories for your Website.
– Go aheead and choose “Categories” from the ODLinks drop down menu and insert the category name and category description and then submit it.
– You can insert the subcategories by clicking on ‘Add Category’ and choosing any category name from the list in parent category. If you select root as parent category, then you create a main category.
– Create a subcategory is mandatory and required!

Depending on the “Permalink Settings” it’s possible for some pages that the categories urls are not accessible.
To fix this problem you should go to update the .htaccess file which is exised under wordpress top directory.

Normaly if you click on categories you will get something like this:

If insteaed of the “/odlinks/” somthing elses is placed for example “/97-revision-v1/”
you can upadte your the .htaccess file as follows:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteRule ^97-revision-v1/?([^/]*)?/?(.*)$ /index.php?pagename=odlinks=$1=$2 [QSA,L,R,NS]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

== Frequently Asked Questions ==

How can we display the latest xx ads in the sidebar?

You copy the following code and place it anywhere in the sidebar.php located in active theme folder.
<?php lastODLinksSidebar(8) ?>


This guide will show you the step by step process for first installation/configuring



Test ODLinks (Open Directory Links)   OR  odlinks.com

Questions and Examples of Use

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why the main site gives me the 404 or Not Found error message or I cannot see the “Submitt a link”?

This usually occurs only when using a custom permalink structure (like /%category%/%postname%/).
This is a .htaccess 404 error message and you should update your .htaccess file in the WP root directory.

Normally you should not edit the htaccess, the Permalink link will be detect by plugin automatically.

Please install the CURL module for PHP.


185 Responses to “WordPress ODLinks Plugin Guide & Instructions”

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  1. Jamaica Web Sevices, 3. November 2011, 8:27

    I have this same problem, were do i find how to add link to it, because nothing showing

  2. Capitan, 2. November 2011, 18:32

    why I’m unable to add new links? pls. advise… categories and subcategories already setup properly. tnx…

  3. Graham, 2. November 2011, 3:31

    dont tryon wordpress multisites unless you have at least three degrees in computeing 3 hours and still nothing!!!

  4. Maciej, 30. October 2011, 13:14

    how change or set “charset=utf-8”.
    in which make the CHANGE?

  5. Ilocos, 29. October 2011, 19:15

    Hi, Your directory plugin looks promising. I just encountered an error which also holds true on your demo site. I got this error ” The confirmation code didn’t matched.”  if I email link to a friend.

    Thanks for the report
    I just uploaded a new bugfix release 1.3.0-d for issue

  6. UfukArt, 26. October 2011, 14:03

    I dont create categories. :/

  7. dan, 18. October 2011, 18:23

    Page rank doesnt work i get this error

    Warning: fsockopen() [function.fsockopen]: unable to connect to toolbarqueries.google.com:80 (Connection timed out) in /home/xxxxx/public_html/xxxxxxxxx/wp-content/plugins/odlinks/includes/pagerank.php on line 86
    Connection timed out (110)

    Thanks for your feedback
    I will fix it this weekend.

  8. Peetr, 21. September 2011, 10:20

    Same problem as Sherash,  “Add Site” option suddenly dissapeared.  Please help.

  9. Sherash Sadar, 16. September 2011, 17:38

    “Add site” options suddenly not available on ODLinks Edit/Remove links

    Please advise?

  10. verde, 7. September 2011, 12:22

    How do I add “reciprocal link” field to submitting form?

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