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. Suara Garut, 2. December 2012, 12:55

    I have 2 days using ODlinks plugin on my site “suaragarutdotcom”. But now it was discovered there was a problem on my website after ODlinks install the plugin. Some I turned the page and post content to the content of ODlinks. How to cope?
    Hope can respond as soon as possible! Because ODlinks did manage to make me fall in love. But of course I also do not want to interfere with the content of my web ODLinks.
    Yours sound Editor Garut

    Could you please check your Apache error log or send me any error message.
    It can help me to understand what’s wrong.
    I can’t see the problem in my environment.

  2. Sylvain, 1. December 2012, 21:18

    Hello, my carousel don’t work. Need some advices to run the carousel?

  3. eccajune, 1. November 2012, 17:26

    When i try to use the search “Please choose a topic and Submit your Site” it says: 

    Not Found
    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.

    also, when i try to go to a category.

    How do i fix this? :)

  4. Phil, 31. October 2012, 17:31

    Disregard this issue with the thumbshots not showing up. I resolved it with some css.

    Thanks .Great plugin.

  5. Phil, 31. October 2012, 3:42

    I can’t get the thumbnail previews to show up in Safari and Chrome, but they show up in FireFox. They will display in the footer when you mouse over the camera, but they do not show up next to the title and description of the website while using Safari and Chome.

    Any ideas? They seem to work fine on this site in all browsers. 

    thank you for your bug report ;)
    I will check it and fix as soon as I can
    (this coming week end)

  6. Dan, 19. September 2012, 15:52

    Does your WordPress ODLINKS plugin have feature links option. so member can pay for to be on the top of the list options?

  7. George, 28. August 2012, 14:11

    Is there a way for the directory to be populated through the back end? Can links be added by the administrator without having to do the captcha every time, and resubmit my email address?

    Yes sir, a good idea. Great. I will fix it.

  8. Tom, 14. August 2012, 16:49

    I am having a problem controlling subcategory. Actually the same as jared above could use some help

  9. Jared, 6. August 2012, 18:05

    The subcategories in the latest wordpress dont seem to wanna update.  you change the value to say 6 instead of 10 and it still displays every subcategory for each category.  anyway to fix this so we dont hav a ovecluttered page.

    sorry, I will check and try to fix it in the next coming week.

  10. Walter Hera, 2. August 2012, 9:03

    I read this paragraph completely regarding the comparison of most up-to-date and previous technologies, it’s amazing article.

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