Sunday, May 3, 2009

What does the Link field do?

The Quick Answer

  • The Link field associates a post with another webpage for reference.
  • It's handy for link blogs or blogs that frequently provide critiques or commentary on other sites.

Note: This article assumes you're using a customized classic template. If you're using Layouts or a default classic template, set the Show Link Field option to Yes to enable the link field.

The Link field can be very useful if your blog posts are frequently about other articles, and you want the links to these articles visible on your public blog.

To enable the Link field:

  1. Go to Settings | Formatting and scroll to the bottom.
  2. Set Show Link Field to Yes.
Screenshot: Settings | Formatting | Show Link Field
  1. Paste this code into the appropriate place in your template:


The "posted by" line is usually a good spot for it, but be creative:

Screenshot: URL code in a template

Here's what this looks like on the BoingBoing weblog:

BoingBoing Link tag example

Another method is to make your Post Titles links, like on Ev's blog:

EvHead Link tag example


  • You must specify a protocol when using the Link field, i.e. isn't sufficient