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Adding Hyperlinks in Text in Admin Area

Adding Hyperlinks
A number of people have asked me how to add hyperlinks (not related to the image hyperlink addition in the new admin area). There are a number of ways, but I will walk you through the way I do it.

Step 1. Find the full URL (the page you want the link to go to) and copy it (highlight it and press control C or right click and choose Copy). An example of a full URL is http://www.CCFDesign.com/default.asp. If you want to get the URL from one of the pages on your navigation bar, hover over the link, right click and choose Copy Shortcut (see below).

That will add the link to your clipboard.

Step 2. Go to add the content in your admin area using a text content type. Press Next

Step 3. Type in the text you want in the text area. Then Highlight the words you want to hyperlink. In this case, I chose CCFDesign (although it is almost always better to highlight keywords like Web Design would be a better choice). Be careful to not select the spaces to the right or left of the word or else your hyperlink might overhang -- although in 99% of my sites, since there is no "text decoration" the links are not underlined, they are just colored, so you won't even notice the overhang except in the text editor.

Step 4. On the toolbar, there is an icon on the top row, slightly to the right of center that looks like a chain line (it is to the right of the anchor and to the left of the <> icon). It is circled above. Click that icon to open up the Hyperlink Dialog box.

Step 5. Paste in your URL into the box to the right of the dropdown box on the source row (either press Control V, or right click and press Paste).

If you want the URL to open in a new window, choose the target Blank. If you just want it to open a new page on your site without opening a new window, you don't have to choose anything (it is recommended that any link to an external site should open in a new window). Frankly, I don't know what the Bookmark option is for - I have never researched it or used it. If you put something in the title, when it shows up on the page, it will show as a tool tip (or alt text).

Press Insert.

Step 6. You will notice that the http:// moved from the top row box on the right to the dropdown on the left. Also, the buttons at the bottom changed from "cancel" and "insert" to "cancel", "apply" and "ok". If you press ok, that is the same as pressing apply, so there is no need to press apply and then OK. In this case, I added the optional Title "Small Farm Web Design" - this is something I should use more because it is another one of those html things you can do to help your search engine "score (the captions for your pictures become their alt text).

Press OK.

Step 7. Review the text and make sure the word got hyperlinked (it will show up as underlined). If you want to change the link, click anywhere in the phrase they you hyperlinked and click the link icon again. Then just remove the link from the top right box (you don't have to clear out the http:// because the editor will recognize that you want to remove the link.

Press the Add (or Update) Button below the Text Content

Here you can see the link as it appears on the page with the mouse rolled over it. That shows the alt text: Small Farm Web Design and changes the link to red (the default on most of the pages.

All done!


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