Reinstating the Links Manager Without Using a Plugin

I don’t know about anyone else but I was pretty annoyed when WordPress decided to remove the Links Manager from WordPress installations 3.5 and above. True, they offer a plugin you can install to bring it back but plugins slow down your website. In most cases I try to avoid them as much as possible.

php_code I started looking for solutions to bring the Links Manager back without utilizing the recommended plugin and luckily I was able to stumble upon a solution.

Now if you’re familiar with WordPress this process should be relatively easy for you, however if you’re not used to editing the templates in WordPress, make sure you follow the directions precisely to avoid any mishaps with your theme.

There are several ways to do this. If you’re familiar with text editors proceed with the following:

The first thing you want to do is find your functions.php file. Once you’ve located the file, open it up in a text editor like Notepad ++ or Dreamweaver.

If you’d rather not use a text editor, go to your WordPress Administrator Dashboard. Once there look for Appearance on the left hand side. Mouse-over Appearance until a sub-menu pops up, click on Editor.

Locate the functions.php file on the right hand side and click on to load the file in the text box in the center of the screen.

Once you’ve opened or loaded the functions.php file, go to the very bottom of the document and paste the following code into the file:

add_filter( 'pre_option_link_manager_enabled', '__return_true' );

Next if you’re using a text editor, you can save the file and upload it to your server, make sure you select “Yes” if you’re asked to overwrite the existing file.

If you’re editing the file in WordPress click on Update File.

Refresh your WordPress dashboard and you should see the Links menu on the left hand side.


2 Responses to Reinstating the Links Manager Without Using a Plugin

  1. It seems silly that they did this. I did not realize this because I have not had to do a clean install of WordPress recently and so my links manager remains intact.

    It was nice of you to share your findings with your readers because plugins should be used sparingly.
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