Adding a hyperlink, or pointer to another web page

You often see pages that include a hyperlink, or a clickable spot that takes you to another page on the Web.  This navigation tool is what makes the World Wide Web what it is.

To add a hyperlink to a page that you are editing, highlight the text and/or image that you want to use as the clickable spot.  Highlight by clicking at the starting spot and dragging the mouse to highlight all of the text and/or image you want to use as the link.  Now click on the hyperlink tool in the editor toolbar just above the edit window, which looks like a globe with a chain link on it.  If you position, or hover, the mouse pointer over it, you will see a popup helper saying "Insert/Edit Link." 

You will see a popup window, Link.  If you want to link to a page on another site, enter the URL for that other site in the URL box of the popup window.  For example, if you wanted to link to the site for the United Methodist Church, you would enter "www.umc.org"

If you want to link to another page on our site, you must know the page's URL.  In this case, you will enter a "relative URL" which means that the link is relative to the current site.  To know the page's URL, you must view the page and note the page URL in the URL window at the top of the browser window.  You will see something like:

http://www.fumcsantarosa.org/node/2  or
http://www.fumcsantarosa.org/ourstory

You will see the first type of page link if the page has not had a URL path set for it.

Remember the part AFTER fumcsantarosa.org, such as "/node/2" or "/ourstory."

In the URL box of the popup window, enter the page URL including the leading slash, such as "/ourstory"

Another alternative is if you want to link to a file on our server.  For example, if you wanted to upload a PDF file for people to view, this is the method you would use.  To do this, click on Browse Server.  You will see another popup window labeled Resources Browser.  The Resource Type should be File.  To upload your PDF file, at the bottom of the window, Click on Browse and find the file on your PC that you want to upload, then click on Upload.  When the file appears in the top of the window, click on the file name.  This name will now be shown as the link.

You can also choose HOW the link will be displayed by the browser.  By default, the link will replace the current page in the browser window.  If you want the current page to remain, and the browser to open a new page for the linked page, click Target.  Change Target to "New Window (_blank)" and click OK.  I recommend that you use this method for any link that takes a person to another site.

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