Placing Hyperlinks in Web Pages and EMail

A hyperlink is text that you click that will take you to another page, image, or document. The link consists of text that displays for the user and a hidden link value that will direct the browser to a location when the text is clicked. The hyperlink is identified for the user with highlighted or underlined text.

A hyperlink can refer to a page, image, or document within your website or it can refer to a different website. When the reference is within your website the preferred link is a "relative" link. The target is relative to the current website and you specify only the relative location of the page or document within the website. This type of link will usually start with a slash, "/".

An absolute link is a full webpage address, starting with "http://" or "https://". Use this type of link when your webpage, image, or document is on a different website.

Hyperlinks can be created and used anywhere an "editor" is used to format your text. The editors are easy to identify since they have toolbar at the top of a large box for entering your text. The editor often allows direct coding of HTML, the language interpreted by browsers. Hyperlinks are converted into <a> HTML tags by the editor.

If the target of your link is a webpage you can copy the webpage address from your address bar. If the page is in your own website you should remove the prefix that identifies your website. If the page address is "http://sample.visualpursuits.com/Competitions/CompetitionResults.aspx" you would only want "/Competitions/CompetitionResults.aspx" as your relative address.

If your cookies setting is not properly set, your address bar may contain an additional value after the website name that starts with some text that looks like "/(x(1)a(...". You must not create links that contain such values as those values are for a temporary sessions and will not work for other users. Visit the Cookies help page for assistance in setting your cookies option.

If the target of your link is a document on your downloads area, go to the Manage Downloads page and locate your document. Text for both a relative and absolute link will be listed there. Most likely you will want to copy the relative link.

To create a hyperlink in an email or webpage, go to the editor where the link will be used. Enter some text that describes the target of your link, such as the document name. Use the word "here" only as a last resort since it is the least informative and does not index well in search engines like Google.

Select the text that will represent your hyperlink. Click the button in the editor for the Hyperlink Manager. It looks like a globe and a chain. In this dialog you want to set the URL field to either your relative or absolute link value. Only the absolute (full page address) will start with "http". Relative links do not have this prefix. You should normally select the Target as "New Window" before clicking OK.

To alter or remove a hyperlink, hover the mouse over the hyperlink and use a right-click to bring up a menu of options. You can also click in the text and click the Hyperlink Manager button.

Be sure to test your links after you have saved updates to your web pages.

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