Featured links block
  • 13 Feb 2024
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Featured links block

Article summary

The Featured links block is a customisable block that provides an easy way to navigate to both internal Totara pages and external sites. The main design feature is the use of customisable, image-based tiles. Featured links blocks can be added to the homepage, dashboards, profile pages and courses to provide a graphical navigation interface.

Featured links blocks are enabled by default. As with other blocks, you can go to Quick-access menu > Plugins > Blocks > Manage blocks from the quick-access menu to manage block availability.


There are many ways you can manipulate the featured links block to enhance your site.

Custom navigation

As the featured links block can be used in the header and footer areas of the site you can use it to create custom navigation. This can be done using any tile type. For example, the static tile could be used to link out to external sites, such as a company website or an external HR site. 

In the example below the Totara Help, Totara Academy, and Totara Community sites have been linked as static tiles in the footer area of the site.

A Featured links block with three graphical links.

Gallery tile

Below is an example of a gallery tile using course sub-tiles. Notice how it displays multiple courses in one tile, using previous and navigation and left and right arrows. 

Featured link gallery tile with the previous arrow visible.Featured link gallery tile with the next arrow visible.

Next steps

The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Dashboards and basic theming in Totara. Here you can learn more on how to customise your site's appearance, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.

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