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1 Introduction to Links
One factor above all others that has made the World Wide Web (www) so powerful is the concept of links. It is easy to take for granted the ability to click a word or an image and immediately be transported to another page or another part of a page.
Because links are so important, a dedicated guide has been created to explain how to create links with our website creation system
The purpose of the guide is to supplement the online hyperlink help movies particularly with information on how to link to internal pages on your website.
This document assumes that you have already logged into you website, you are familiar with the website management system and you have already created the webpages into which you want to create links.
NOTE: This document provides just a fraction of the information that is available in the help movies. To watch the hyperlink help movies type the following address into your browser http://www.reason8.com/upd8/flash/activedit/index.html
A screen will then appear and you should click Option 7 to watch the movies that discuss hyperlinks.
This document deals with two basic types of hyperlink. It will show you how to:
All hyperlinks are created using the hyperlink window. To open the hyperlink window click on the icon shown
The hyperlink window is shown below
There are a number of fields in this window but only the first two fields will be discussed in this document. The other fields are only relevant to 'framed' websites or websites that handle layout and design in a different way.
HREF : (Short for Hyperlink Reference)
This is the destination of the link. The URL (or absolute address of the destination is entered here)
TARGET : (How the destination should be displayed)
TARGET controls where the new document will be displayed when the user follows a link. Most of the time, clicking on a link simply loads a new document in the same window. However, with TARGET, you can have the new document open in a new window by entering _blank
( TIP if it is a page on an external website you must type the full address including the http:// or https: prefix)
If you added a hyperlink to text you will notice that the text has changed colour and may be underlined.
To test the hyperlink, click the [Test Your Website] button at the top of the page, navigate to the page with the hyperlink and test it works as expected.
Creating internal hyperlinks is very similar to creating external hyperlinks.
This section explains how to locate the page address and then how to create internal links between your webpages.
When you create a new webpage or product, the system allocates a unique reference for this page. If you do not delete this page the address will always stay the same and your link will be valid.
However, if you create an internal hyperlink to a webpage and then you delete this webpage and create another webpage with the same name do not expect the hyperlink to work. The reference will no longer be valid as the system allocates a new address to each new page it creates.
3.3.2 Finding the address of a webpage on your website
There are two ways to discover the address of a webpage on your website
When you are linking to an internal webpage you do not need to put in the 'http://' nor do you have to put in the ' www.yourdomain.co.uk ' . Simply enter the webpage in the format as shown above. You system will recognise it as an internal relative link.
It is very easy to create a link that allows your visitors to send you an email. The mailto: link allows you to setup a link from text or an image. When your visitor clicks the link the email system on their own computer is activated, a new email is generated and the destination of the email is set to be whatever you choose.
Warning. Although this is a powerful and very simple way of allowing your visitors to send emails to you, it relies on them having email software and a valid setup email account within the software
To create a mailto link:
If you added a mailto: link to text you will notice that the text has changed colour and may be underlined.
To test the link, click the [Test Your Website] button at the top of the page, navigate to the page with the hyperlink and check that it works as expected.