Turning Off Links for People, Places and Items

Block People, Places or Items tiles from linking to post detail pages.

When to turn off linking

Essentially, you want to prevent site visitors from clicking through to a page with no content.

By default, People, Places and Items have two components: a tile and a detail page. If you want to use just the tile, that’s when you’d turn off linking.

Your unique situation will determine which method below you’ll use to turn off linking through to detail pages.

Method 1: Adjust site-wide settings

  1. Go to Dashboard > Settings > People, Places, Items Settings
  2. Under Link to detail page, uncheck the post type(s) you don’t want to link to post detail pages.

Screenshot of Settings > People, Places & Items in the dashboard, highlighting “Link to detail page” options.

Use case: Minimal content

You have a list of students working in your lab. The amount of information you have for each of them fits in the summary of the tile. You don’t need additional pages for information.

Use case: Minimal content + some off-site content

You have a list of people who are part of your group, so you want to create a Person post for each of them on your website.  Many of them have detailed profiles on other websites, i.e. Washington University Physicians or department sites, but some do not. For those who do not, you don’t have enough information to merit linking to a post detail page.

  • For those people who do have a profile on another site, enter the link in the external link field, and their name will link to that page.
  • Turning off the link to detail page in the PPI settings would make it so the people without an external link did not link to a blank post detail page.

On the Mahjoub Lab site, each lab member has a short description; however their tiles do not link through to a detail page, as evidenced by the black text for their names. By contrast, Dr. Mahjoub has an external URL entered that points to his division profile; his name is red.

Method 2: Edit the desired PPI: List element

  1. When adding a PPI: List element to a page, click Edit in the top right corner of the element to open its editing panel.
  2. Scroll down the editing panel until you see an option to deactivate Link thru.

Use case: Mixed

Your division website has profiles for your faculty; you have lots of information on them and want their People tiles to link through to detail pages.

However, you also want to use People to list your trainees. For them, you only have minimal information such as previous education and training year. You do not have enough content to merit detail pages for the trainees.

Thus, you want some of your People tiles to link through but not others. In this case, you’d just deactivate linking through on the PPI: List element(s) for the trainees.