Hyperlinks are the basis of the internet. Its the fundamental building block of the world wide web. Its the first thing that anyone building web pages learns first. Without hyperlinks… you don’t have a website.
In the past few years CMS (content management systems) have become widely used. It makes website maintenance very easy.
During the transition process to a CMS, those training people to use the CMS would often use the cliche;
If you can use a word processor… you can use a CMS
For the most part this is true. But there are a few exceptions.
Hyperlinks in word processed documents in the past were rarely used. There was simply no need for them. As such, few people had experience adding hyperlinks.
Nowadays, hyperlinks are used extensively because your shiny new CMS depends on them.
Because CMS are taught as fancy word procesors, hyperlinks are sometime not well understood.
What is a hyperlink?
Put simply, a hyperlink points to another page on the internet. When a user clicks on the link they are taken to that page. They can even point to pages on your own website.
Using a CMS to add a Hyperlink.
First you need some text typed on the page you are editing for the link to attach itself to. This is called anchor text.
Here’s an example:
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- Highlight the text using your mouse.
- In your editor tool bar you will see a small icon of a chain link or something similar. Yours may look a little different…
- When this chain link is clicked a box will open up asking the address of the link. (You MUST have your text highlighted first) In other words, where would you like to send the user when they click on your link. In this case we want users (or in our case parents) to go to a newsletter subscription page.
- Rather than type in the hyperlink address, I like to copy the address using my mouse. This way I’m not likely to make a typing mistake.
- I paste the hyperlink (or the Safe Newsletters Subscription page) into the URL field of the dialogue box that open after you click the chain link.Yo can find your subscription links when you log into Safe Newsletters and from the menu select “Parent Signup Form”
- Click “Add Link” which should be located toward the bottom of the box that opens up.
- Once this is done the Text you highlighted is turned blue and underlined to indicate that its a hyperlink.
Add a link manually
Here’s a great tutorial on adding HTML links manually.
Hope this helps.