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. Marcus, 24. January 2012, 10:19

    Is it somehow possible, which a Link can be registered in different categories? I would like to make it in such a way with me, which a Link in up to three categories can be listed

  2. Miguel, 22. January 2012, 23:14

    Great Plugin!!!

    There is a problem with the rss feed  it wont point to the category where de link is listed. Is there a solution?

  3. atomjani, 21. January 2012, 15:03


  4. Marcus, 18. January 2012, 15:18

    Nice Plugin, really!

    But how can i change the URL’s SEO-Friendly?

  5. Fabrice, 16. January 2012, 15:54

    Est-il possible de renommer la page “odlinks”, j’aimerais qu’elle ait un autre nom (“annuaire” par exemple) nettement mieux pour le référencement et donner une côté plus pro à notre site.
    Quelle serait la procédure à suivre ?
    Merci d’avance
    Co-fondateur et Admin

  6. doudou, 13. December 2011, 17:43

    Very good plugin abd goog job.
    thanks for all

  7. admin, 13. December 2011, 16:40

    @doudou, sorry

    Please open the file “plugins/odlinks/themes/default/header.tpl” in an editor
    add the following code to the end of the file:
    {if ($addurl_link)}
    <h3><span class=’odl_head_addurl’><img src=”{$odl_images}/images/addtopic.jpg”>{$addurl_link}</span></h3>
    {include file=’searching.tpl’}
    I will update and fix the file and check in to the svn now.
    or you can rename the directory “mySkin” to “default”

  8. doudou, 13. December 2011, 13:01

    Help me please! Plugin works it is published, having categories but SUBMITTING YOUR PAGE is not seen and therefore I can’t submit any URL. http://www.soninkara.org/annuaire-soninke/


  9. Junnydc, 16. November 2011, 8:10

    This is a great plugin.  A must feature for my classified ads website.
    I’ll try it then inform you once It’s done.  :)

  10. GR, 4. November 2011, 11:09

    Nice plugin, but I don’t get this to work. Submit link don’t show. .htaccess-procedure didn’t do it, except from messing up the site and some 404’s. Any chance of advice on this?

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