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How to Create and Manage Link Blocks

A Link Block is a group of links that may be presented in various ways, such as in accordion panels, a list, or in titles. A number of other modules may reference Link Blocks to ensure that the content returned to your website is dynamic and easily managed.

You will find the Link Block options within the Link Menu (via the Link Icon) within the Website's Contentus module (clicking on the cube in 'Website' will get you there).

Link Block Menu

  Pictured: You will find the Link Block options within the Link Menu (via the Link Icon) within the Website's Contentus module (clicking on the cube in 'Website' will get you there).

  The Result

To return the example link block below we've used the shortcode of [bm_links id="d7a9aef9448593f9b0bcaf5963cfeefa"], although when building a page, or altering an existing menu you'll likely be editing a block that was positioned with the Elementor Widget. The links assigned to the example will send you to pages that were defined purely for testing.

The result is a ridiculously simple block of links. However, it is a very useful tool, particularly when maintaining a page with links that change regularly or may need to be updated routinely, such as first home buyer grant links and lists. We've styled the block to 500px in width, but it'd be usual to stretch it to 100% of the parent container. A style may also be passed in shortcode to alter virtually every characteristic of the returned block.

Despite the fact you'll use the Elementor drag-and-drop tool most often, standard shortcode is also available, and the list below was rendered with the shortcode of [bm_links id="d7a9aef9448593f9b0bcaf5963cfeefa" method="list"]. The id is the Yabber ID assigned to the link block, and the method is either block (default), list, or accordion.

We've found the list feature useful for rendering consumer credit links in articles when those links tend to regularly change. Given that we often use the same block of links in multiple locations, the information only has to be updated once in Yabber to affect global changes.

Titles New

  Pictured: An upper and lower link block assigned to a Website Title. The related links in a title block may be altered globally with the update of a single link block, and this ease of updating a single asset in multiple locations is the purpose of the tool.

  Creating a Link Block

To create a Link Block, you will do so via the 'Create' panel. The links are website-specific, so you should first select your website. When the creation panel is returned, you will be supplied with options for link anchor text (the text to be linked), a description, and website link. If you use a custom URL then that link will be used. To link internally it's normal to use the supplied menu. You should drag and drop each link into the order that you would like them to render on your website. Enable each link via the toggle switch to the top-left of each panel (it'll turn green when active). Disable links in the same way.

Link Creation Panel

  Pictured: A panel will be returned with options for link anchor text (the text to be linked), a description, and website link. If you use a custom URL then that link will be used. To link internally it's normal to use the supplied menu. You should drag and drop each link into the order that you would like them to render on your website.

Click the 'Add Link' text (indicated by an arrow) to add a new link.

Once complete, Save.

  Styling a Link Block

As many styles may be created as required, although one should be set to 'Default'. The Default style is used when no other style is defined, and it is usually the global style applied in almost all cases. The style will only apply to the link block when rendered as a menu-style block.

Link Block Style

  Pictured: The Default style is used when no other style is defined, and it is usually the global style applied in almost all cases. The style will only apply to the link block when rendered as a menu-style block. The options to set the newly created or edited style as the 'Default' is indicated by the arrow.

Give your style a name and description. Use a name that will make it easy to identify the style as this is referenced in Elementor and Yabber forms.

  Sending Styles and Profiles to Your Website

Yabber is a multi-website system, so we're required to update profiles (link blocks) and styles when an update is necessary. Select the 'Send' panel, select your website, select the type of data to send (Profile or Style), and Send. The updates are effective immediately.

Send Link Blocks and Styles

  Pictured: Select the 'Send' panel, select your website, select the type of data to send (Profile or Style), and Send. The updates are effective immediately.

Any block that references the link profile or style will update immediately.

  The Elementor Block

If you're creating a page, or building a menu option that'll be recycled on multiple templates, it's far easier to use the drag-and-drop Elementor widget. To use, simply drag the block onto your page, select a link and optional style profile, and save.

Link Elementor Block

  Pictured: To use the Elementor block, simply drag the 'BM Links' block onto your page, select a link and optional style profile, and save.

  Link Block Shortcode

The link block shortcode is obtained from the 'Review' panel. Simply copy the shortcode into your post or page and the block is rendered.

  Review and Edit Profiles and Styles

To edit Profiles and Styles, navigate to the 'Review' panel. The green icon will reveal data associated with the record. Select the 'Edit' icon to modify any asset.

Link Block Edit and Modify

  Pictured: To edit Profiles and Styles, navigate to the 'Review' panel. The green icon will reveal data associated with the record. Select the 'Edit' icon to modify any asset.

Review and Edit Profiles and Styles

  Pictured: To edit Profiles and Styles, navigate to the 'Review' panel. The green icon will reveal data associated with the record. Select the 'Edit' icon to modify any asset.

Note that when you expand the link profile record, those links are returned where you may selectively enable and disable links. Note that you may also reorder the links by dragging and dropping each record. When editing via the Review panel, you should update your website afterwards with the new profile.

You also set the default style from the 'Review' panel, although style data will have to be sent to your website in order for the changes to apply.

Link Block Default

  Pictured: You also set the default style from the 'Review' panel, although style data will have to be sent to your website in order for the changes to apply.

  Ongoing Development

This particular module has seen a surprisingly high rate of usage. Expect significant development in the future.

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