Creating a URL, E-mail or document hyperlink

Within the body copy of a page, you may want to place a link to:

  • other pages on your site
  • external websites outside the University
  • a specific person's email
  • a file such as a PDF or Word document

Use the Link section of the body field tool bar to add these links.
Body tool bar - Links button

For links to web pages or emails

  1. Select the text you would like to be a link*
  2. Select the Link button to open the Link dialogue window
  3. Choose the Link type in the drop-down menu, either URL, E-mail or Other

    URL link window E-mail link window
  4. For a URL link, paste or type the web address into the URL field. You also have the option to change the protocol from http to https (s indicates a secured site), ftp (a standard Internet protocol for transmitting files between computers) or Other
  5. For an e-mail link, paste or type the email address into the E-Mail Address field. You can also pre-populate the subject line and body of the email message
  6. Select OK
  7. The text you originally selected should turn blue and be underlined indicating to users that it is a hyperlink to further content.

For links to files

  1. Select the text you would like to be a link*
  2. Select the Link button to open the Link dialogue window
  3. In the Link dialogue window select Browse Server.

    URL link window
  4. The system will look in the website asset library first—if you have already uploaded the file it will be in your library—select the file and select Insert File.

    Browse library window
  5. If you have never uploaded the file before, select Upload, and then Choose File—the system will switch to looking on your local computer.

    Upload new file window
  6. Complete the upload then select Insert File
  7. Remember to provide Alt Tags for any images you upload.

The text you select to be a link should explain in plain English where the user will go or what will happen when they follow the link. For example, "Click here" is a poor choice and tells the user nothing. "Learn more about our undergraduate courses" is a much better link as it tells the user what is going to happen. Avoid using the verb "click" as it assumes the user has a mouse. Many of your visitors will be on mobile devices and will not be "clicking" anything.