How to create a link manager using Joomla and DOCman.

DOCman is a very powerful document manager extension, it comes with categorization, tagging, metadata and a lot of other powerful features. Did you know that you can also use it as a weblinks manager by making use of the built-in remote linking feature?

Here’s how you can use DOCman to create a website link sharing platform, where each link can have extra metadata just like a DOCman document.

Linking to a website

Let’s say you are building a resource-sharing platform to help your users to share resources (documents, videos, images, etc.) with each other. Often times, a “resource” might be a useful website that someone wants to share.

DOCman allows you to link to an external resource. If the link is a website and starts with http:// or https:// DOCman will simply redirect to it and open up the website, just like a link manager does.

When you add a new document to DOCman, instead of uploading a file simply click on the “Enter a URL instead” link and add the external website’s URL in the document’s “File” panel. Finally, add any extra meta data you need and save your document.

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