Inserting Links

Note: if you're planning to create a link to content inside your site, it's a good idea to already know its URL or keep a second tab window open to access the page to which you want to link.

  1. From inside your WYSIWYG highlight the text that should contain the link.
  2. Click on the Link icon: Insert link icon
  3. The Link dialog box will open:
    Link dialog box
  4. The Link Type field and Protocol fields are both clickable and contain optional drop-down options to configure your link information.
    • Link type
      1. URL
      2. Link to anchor in the text
      3. E-mail
    • Protocol
      1. http:// - regular URL
      2. https:// - secured URL
      3. ftp://
      4. news://
      5. <other> - for internal links to other content on your site
    • URL field
      Example of formats for external links:
      ucdavis.edu
      http://www.sacbee.com/news/

      Example of formats for internal links:
      /node/6
      /blog
      /news/announcing-sitefarm-launch
  5. Click the OK button to continue.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save button. 
ACCESSIBILITY ALERT!

You may have noticed you do not have the ability to force links to open in a new tab or a new window--this is by deliberate design.

To the best of our ability, as a campus community, we must strive to adhere to best practices to make all our web content equally accessible to our community members. Forcing links to open in a new tab or window can cause problems for people who use screen readers or have visual limitations and may be disoriented by your forced link behavior. For these visitors, the Back button on their browser will not function and they may not realize you have changed their view, creating a poor, even frustrating user experience.

Allow people to choose how to interact with your links; those who prefer to open links in new tabs or windows will already know how to do so, and everyone else will still have the use of their Back button.