Link Buttons

Link buttons

These buttons will all make and manipulate various types of links (except the last one). 

The first button is Link  Icon of link.  This button will not be accessible unless you highlight text (or a graphic/image) that you want to link.  After highlighting the text, click the link button (it looks like a small section of chain link).  You can create a link to another page within your site, or to an external site. 

Adding a link

If you are linking to an outside site, you can copy and paste in a URL, or type it out.  You do need the entire URL including the http://.  For example: would be typed into the Link URL box, and you can then just hit enter to insure it.  The Target option, by default, is to open the site directly in the browser window the user is in.  For outside links and links to documents (PDFs, Word docs, etc.) it is recommended that you choose Open in a New Window (the second option).  

If you are linking to another page within your site, choose the Browse  Icon of browse icon found to the right of the Link URL box.

Browsing for a link within your site

Once you hit that, you will see all of your files and directories.  You can link to a file or folder.  When linking to a file, you will notice that there are three versions of every page you create: XML, PDF, and PHP or ASPX (depending on what site type you chose at setup). Select PHP or ASPX versions only.  After clicking the file you want, simply click the Select File button (or Select Folder if you are linking directly to a directory). 


The second button is Unlink Icon of unlink.  If you have something linked, and decide you no longer want the link, or it is now a dead link, you only need to put your cursor in the linked text (no need to highlight it all), and click unlink.

The third button is MailTo Link  Icon of Mailto Link. Simply highlight an email address and click that link.  The first box says Email.  Enter the email address there and click Insert.  None of the other options are necessary.  

NOTE: When linking to an email, link to an actual email address, not words such as EMAIL US!  The reason is that only people working on a computer with an email software program set up for their email can click an email link and have it work.  If a person is on a lab computer, or other public or home computer where they only use web based programs to access email, then the link will not work.  Having the actual email address there, the user can copy and paste, or write it down to use later.

The fourth button is Anchor Links  Icon of achor links. This type of link creates hidden links within the text of your document. This is a degrated tag as the new HTML rules do not handle anchors the same anymore.  

The final button is Help  Icon of help.  This will take you to OmniUpdates help files. This help section is for OU developers and will not be of assistance for help with our templates.