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Inserting a link in your text

Link Basics

The FCKeditor let you insert links with the use of the link icon.

First, select the text you want to activate, then click the icon.

A pop-up window appears asking you to enter your link information.

By default the window is in Link mode. It is possible to change it to enter an anchor or an email instead.

An anchor is a named location within your page. For example, a page with a table of contents at the top will send you to a different location in that page whenever you click on a link inside the table of contents.

Email links are used to send your users to their mail system such as Outlook or Thunderbird.

Links Details

Link type: URL

Enter your link on the provided line. For external link, it is often a good idea to make a copy of the URL from the Location bar of your browser and pasting that information in the Link URL box. In this case, the protocol will automatically change, you can also change it manually when necessary. In most cases, HTTP is the correct protocol. Once in a while, you are sending users to an encrypted page. In that case, use the HTTPS entry. The other entries are for experts and should be self explanatory.

In order to create a local link (opposed to an external link, in other words, to create a link that points to another page on your website,) use the path to that page starting with a slash character. For example, to go back to your home page, use "/" by itself. To go to the user log in page, use "/user", etc.

When you see a Browse Server button at the bottom of the pop-up window, you can add a link to a file that you uploaded earlier. For example, you could upload a PDF file and then add an inline link to that PDF file.

Link type: Link to anchor in the text

The link will send your users to another location on the same page. Before you can add such links, you must add anchors (see the anchor icon?)

The system gives you a choice only of the existing anchors. This means you probably want to create all your anchors first, then add in-page links.

Link type: E-Mail

The pop-up window changes the interface to show email fields address, message subject and message body.

The email address is required. The other fields are optional.

It is generally a good idea to enter a default subject line as most users will otherwise not enter any subject for your emails.

Link Target

Target Name

Did you notice this tab? It is used to define the target: where the destination should be loaded and shown.

The target name represents the name give to a FRAME or IFRAME object. By default, links are viewed as _self meaning that the destination is to be opened in the current frame.

There are a few other special target names:

The _blank target is one of the mostly used targets. It forces the opening of a new window when the user clicks the link.

The _parent target opens the destination in the parent frame.

The _top target opens the destination in the main window ignoring all the existing frames.

In Snap!, you are not likely to have frames as dynamic websites don't generally make use of them. This means you generally will use the _blank target only.

Relative information

When defining a link, it is possible to mark it as a Follow link (default) or a No Follow link.

You want to use Follow links in most cases. However, No Follow are important for your SEO rank.

The main reason to use the No Follow is to link to a page (or website) that links to you. If you don't do that, you generally lose the SEO increase that this link was giving you.

Advanced Features

Most of the advanced features of a link are not very necessary in the Snap! environment.

Still, there is one advanced feature you want to fill: the Advisory Title.

This title shows up as a tooltip when someone navigates over the link giving additional information about the link (i.e. incentive to click that link.)

If you are an expert, feel free to use the other options to your liking.

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