How to … add links to sidebar

You have started visiting other students and classes and there are some you want to go back and visit often. Or you have some teachers leaving comments on your blog  and you want to visit their class blog easily. You want to get to our online classroom  or student bloggers blog quickly.

How do you do that?

Answer: You add a link from their blog to your blogroll on your sidebar.

Step 1. Decide on some categories for your links eg Get Help, Global Classes, Global Students, Tasmanian Classes, Favourite Websites

Step 2. Dashboard> links> link categories Fill in the name, click the add link category button and make sure it appears on the list on the right hand side. Repeat this for each category.

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Step 3. Now to add your actual links to the blogs.  We are going to add the link to our online classroom first. We will put it under the category Get Help.

Step 4. Go to student bloggers blog, down the sidebar to find the link for the online classroom. Right click on link then copy link location or copy shortcut if using Internet Explorer.

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Step 5. Dashboard> links> add new

(1)Type in the name, (2)paste in the web address, (3)choose category to add it into then (4)click big blue add link button.

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Step 6. Adding other links is very similar. Go to your class blog. Copy the URL from up in the address bar. Come back to your blog and follow step 5 again.

Step 7. Some themes don’t allow you to group your links into categories. Instead they are just listed in alphabetical order.

Step 8. Refresh your personal blog. Have the links shown up in the sidebar? If they haven’t, dashboard>appearance> widgets and drag across links.

Make sure you have added at least five new links to your blog : online classroom, students as bloggers blog and three others. Have at least one in each link category.