CM Curated List Manager (CMCLM) - Free Version Tutorial

CM Curated List Manager Free Version Tutorial

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This article covers only features present in the free version of Curated List Manager.

It shows you how to create a directory of links organized into categories.


Table of Contents

  1. Installation guide
  2. List of Features
  3. Using the Plugin - Overview
  4. Plugin Settings

Installation guide

Here are the steps needed to install the plugin:

  1. Download - To manually install the plugin, you must first download it from to your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Plugins tab in the WordPress Admin Panel to install the plugin.
  3. Activate the plugin. 

TIP: Register for Benefits

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List of Features

Free Edition Pro Edition
Single list with multiple categories Multiple lists with multiple categories
Categories can have any number of links Categories have colors and can have any number of links
Display list on any page or post via single shortcode Display lists on any page or post via customizable shortcode
Favicons Links can have icon or checkbox (good for to-do lists)
- Fast filter by category and colored tags
Choose number of columns Change columns, tooltip colors, remove elements from list and more
- Show last update date for every list
Order by publish date Automatic or manual ordering
- Import and export all lists via CSV
No support Plugin can be used forever; one year support and updates

Using the Free Plugin - Overview

How It Works: Categories and Links

The free plugin has a single list with links divided into categories. You can have multiple categories. 

Front-end Example: Categories (1) have links (2)

Content Example

Category Link

Admin - Adding and Managing Categories

You can add and manage categories from the back-end. Head to  Admin Dashboard → CM Curated List Manager → Categories (1).

There you can add a link (2) and manage the current ones (3).

Admin - Adding and Managing Links

The way to add links is virtually identical to how categories work. Head to Admin Dashboard → CM Curated List Manager → Links (1).

There you can add a link (2) and manage the current ones (3).

Adding List to The Site

Use the shortcode [cm_list_manager] to add the list anywhere on your site. The shortcode has no parameters.

TIP: Link Name 

The link name comes from the field "Link name" that you set when editing a link. It does not come from the linked page. 

All settings are located at the  WP Admin → Curated List Manager → Options → Plugin Options tab.

  • Number of columns - How many columns your list will have.
  • Favicons local cache - Saves the site's favicons on WordPress.
  • No follow - Makes all links "nofollow", meaning search engines should not "share" your SEO ranging with the ongoing site. More information from Wikipedia.
  • Open in a new window or tab - Forces the browser to open links in a new tab or window.

Example: 1 Column vs 2 Columns

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