Web editing - How do I link to another page, document, etc.
Steps to create a link in the Web editor.
Similar to most web systems, creating a link can be as straightforward is typing in the text you'd like to send someone to a new location and clicking the hyperlink button.
How to create a link
- Begin by highlighting the text you want to link. (See the Best practices section below for how to word your links).
- Next, click the Insert/edit link icon in the toolbar
- At this point, a panel will show up with a lot of options on it. For most editors, there are only 4 you need to be concerned with: Page, Media, Email and External
- If you want to link to another page, you have two options. You can click the Page radio button and then the [ ... ] button to browse for pages within the UWL website.
Clicking on a page here and then OK will link your text to that particular page. Note that pages with a [+] next to them are labels in the page menu that expand to show other pages. In most cases, it's best to link to a page without a [+].
- To link to a media file, click the Media radio button and then the [ ... ] to browse for a media item you've previously uploaded. Expand the folders until you find your media file, click on it and then OK
- Clicking the Email radio button will let you place an email address in the field.
Cool feature: when you link to an email address, the system creates a "profile quick view" card that appears on hover. For example:
- Finally, if you'd like to link to a page separate from the uwlax.edu, choose the External radio button and paste your link in.
Cool feature: The external link feature can also be used for uwlax.edu pages. If you paste the link in, and it's a current page on uwlax.edu, the system will detect it and move it up into the Page field. This can be a huge time saver!
Things to remember / best practices
Label your links appropriately.
- We don't want to see things like "click here" hyperlinked in your page for a couple of reasons:
- It's bad for accessibility. Visitors to our page who are blind won't get the context for what "click here" means
- Search engines don't gain valuable information from a link labelled "click here".
- Instead, label them as a call for action or informative text.
- Call to action example: To learn more about us, view our brochure.
- Informative text example: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has many academic programs to prepare our students for their future.