MUniversity of Minnesota

August 12, 2004

How do I add links to my blog home page?

One thing I've noticed from a lot of new blog users is that they haven't added any links to the "Links" section of the home pages on their blogs. This section comes automatically in a new UThink blog and it is there to hold the links to all of your favorite websites, blogs and otherwise. If you would like to know how to add links to your UThink home page then this is the post for you.

First of all, log into your UThink blog. Select the blog you would like to put links on, and then select "Templates" in the left hand navigation menu of the administration screen. Now select the "Main Index" template. This is essentially the code for your blog home page. For those of you that don't know any HTML, or MT specific codes, this page can look a little daunting. Have no fear! If you make a big mistake you can always download the Main Index default template from the UThink site and start from scratch.

On the Main Index template scroll down the Template Body until you find a section that says:

<div class="side">
<a href="">Add Your Links Here</a><br />
</div>

This is where you will put your links. This section of code is located towards the bottom of the Template Body so just scroll down all the way and then scroll back up a tiny bit. You should see it there. Now add your links like this:

<div class="side">
<a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/">UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries</a><br />
<a href="http://www.lib.umn.edu/">University Libraries Home Page</a><br />
<a href="http://www.umn.edu">University of Minnesota Home Page</a><br />
</div>

Add as many links as you want. Of course, you can substitute these links with your favorite links on your own blog. Once you've added all of your links, click "Save" and then "Rebuild" and rebuild the Main Index (or "All Files"). Click "View Site" and take a look at your new home page, now with your favorite websites in the "Links" section. If you don't see anything, try to "Refresh" or "Reload" your blog home page in your browser.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions!

Posted by snackeru at August 12, 2004 01:25 PM