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Opened 10 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#14599 closed defect (bug) (wontfix)

Link Manager does not support nofollow in Link Relationship (XFN)

Reported by: hakre Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.3.1
Component: Administration Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


The wordpress link manager (/wp-admin/link-manager.php) with it's edit command (/wp-admin/link.php) does not support the nofollow attribute.

Next to that it is not possible to use other notations for the rel link attribute because the <INPUT name="link_rel> is read only.

Change History (7)

#1 @hakre
10 years ago

As a workaround, it's possible to disable javascript. The rel field then is not read-only any longer and own values can be entered.

Another workaround is to remove the read-only state with a tool like firebug or the various inspect elements features browsers support these days.

#2 @hakre
10 years ago

Just thinking loudly about addint a no-follow checkbox in there ... .

#3 @westi
10 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Administration
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to maybe later
  • Status changed from new to closed

I don't think we need this for now.

#4 @archon810
8 years ago

  • Cc admin@… added
  • Resolution maybelater deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Version set to 3.3.1

westi, I'm not sure why you closed this - the core issue remains - the rel field is not editable and is instead readonly, only modifiable by the pre-selected radio buttons and checkboxes.

Even the Links Manager Codex page suggests the rel field is accepting arbitrary values, like nofollow, while in reality it's not:

rel - Specifies the rel attribute that will be put onto the link's a tag when displayed on the screen. Some possible values are nofollow (if you don't want search engines to follow the link), author, and smart. Multiple rel keywords should be separated with spaces.

It is quite common to want to add a nofollow attribute, or other custom rels to links, and Wordpress should allow it (as it says it does in its own documentation).

#5 @SergeyBiryukov
8 years ago

  • Milestone set to Awaiting Review

#7 @nacin
8 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

20 months later, I'm with westi. XFN is a defined (if old) standard, and nofollow shouldn't conflate that. Also , nofollow kind of defeats the purpose of a blogroll, so it doesn't make sense to add more features when the link manager already has too much bloat. The attribute is doable via the API or a plugin, good enough for me.

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