Bookmarks Theme for WordPress

Back in the day I used for storing public bookmarks. It was an easy enough system to use, but two things always troubled me; If they change layout or functionality, I had to just accept it, and if they shut down, all my content goes with it. Ultimately what I wanted was my own hosted solution. Turns out, I wasn't alone.

A couple months back I learned about an extension for the Chrome browser called Delectable. It adds a button to your browser that lets you post a title and tags directly to a WordPress installation. The first thing I did was set up a separate WordPress install on my server to start storing bookmarks. Functionally, it worked great. But, I wanted a way to display the links the way I wanted to see 'em. So I started working on a custom theme.

Before I get started I want to be clear, the bookmarks theme I created is really basic, but serves my purpose. I'm making it available for download and you're free to do with it as you see fit. I don't have plans to add new functionality or offer support. Basically, this is an as-is freebie.


The Bookmarks Theme has a page template with 3 vertical widget areas where you can drop the customized bookmarks widget to display bookmarks you've saved with specific tags. You can limit the number of items to display on the home page per section, but easily view the entire set of links using the View All link.

To see the theme in action, you can check out how I'm using it at

Setting Up the Bookmarks Theme

  • Install a fresh copy of WordPress.
  • Install and activate the Bookmarks theme
  • Set the permalinks to /%postname%/
  • Create a page called Bookmarks and select the bookmarks template.
  • Set the bookmarks page as the site's front page
  • Create some tags
  • Add some bookmarks widgets
  • Start Bookmarking!

While the bookmarks theme is freely available for download, keep in mind that it is built as a child-theme on the Genesis framework and you will need to have Genesis installed as well for this theme to work.

Hope you find the theme useful!

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  1. Loren Nason on July 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Very cool

    Reminds me of Bill Erickson’s link site

    I’ll have to eventually do this myself and get all my starred items out of Google Reader

  2. Norcross on July 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Great, now I have to go and build a links theme. Gotta keep up with the big boys 🙂

  3. Scot MacDonald on May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    A mod of your theme in action:


  4. Jay Kanakiya on July 26, 2013 at 8:47 am link is broken.

    • John on July 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thanks, Jay. I had to change hosts and didn’t get around to setting up the subdomain again. I’ll set it up eventually, but no immediate plans.

  5. Laura on February 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Would have liked to try it. But still a broken link.

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