We differentiate between three categories of links:
- Links in the text editor (e.g. in running text)
- Links in widgets
- Links outside of the editor (instead of a text file)
These three options are described below.
The difference between external, internal and content links
We differentiate between external, internal and content links. It is important to know the difference between the three, as this avoids malfunctional links and dated documents and thus saves a lot of time in the long run.
- External links: Links to a page outside of your WebHare environment. You paste the entire link in WebHare, e.g. http://www.nu.nl/artikel12334 (do not forget the 'http'!)
- Internal links: These links can only be created if you link to a file in your own WebHare environment (pages in WebHare you have the right to manage). Internal links have a major advantage over external links: they automatically change if the file/folder to which they link is moved/renamed.
- Content links (a specific internal link): Never place the same file/Word document in two different locations in WebHare. Place your file once and create a content link if you also want to display it in a different location (another folder or website). That way, when changing the content (or the Word file), you only have to do this once. Moreover, by operating in this way, you can also show content from another website on your website without people knowing they are reading information from another website.
Use as many internal and content links as possible.
Links in the text editor (e.g. in running text)
In the editor, to include a link in the running text, you highlight the word/section in question and click the link button (hyphen). A pop-up appears in which you can insert the link. Indicate where you want to link to and always use the internal link function if you want to link to a page that is part of your WebHare environment (see also the explanation above).
To edit or delete a link later on, click the text in the link (there is no need to highlight it) and click the Properties button.
You can also create a link out of an image. To do this, highlight the image and click the Properties button to view the properties of the image and add a link.
Do not turn headings or subheadings in the running text into links, as these do not work.
Links in widgets
There are several types of widgets you can use if you want to include a link. If you want a link with an accompanying image/text, you can create a media widget. If you want to make a list comprising multiple links, you can use the download/links widget. For more information, please refer to the widget instruction page.
Links outside of the editor (file type in WebHare)
You can also create the three types of links ( internal, external and content) separately in WebHare, outside of the text editor, using the New File button. By doing so, you create a menu item or tab which redirects directly to another page. However, try to use this function as little as possible, because when a menu item or tab redirects directly to another website, this can be very confusing for the user as the navigation structure suddenly changes. An exception to this is the content link mentioned above.
Tip: find the URL of a page
If you want to link to a specific page in WebHare, but you don't know the URL of that page – say, you want to link to a PDF file which is on the website, but turns out to be invisible – you can look at the properties of the file you want to link to. When you click the first tab, you will find the link at the bottom of the window.
Tip: create a link to a location halfway down the (same) page
This function (anchor link) is not yet available in the new editor, but will be added to the editor in the future.