How to Post a Website Link

by John Phillips

HTML links between websites are the glue that holds the World Wide Web together. Without links, there would be no “web”--just an assortment of isolated, disconnected pages. Links are not only fundamental to the Web's functioning but are also highly flexible and easy to learn.

1

Understand the basic syntax and terminology of a link. HTML links are represented by the anchor element, represented by the tags. A simple link would look like this:

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The href attribute is the address of the page to link to. The link text that is displayed on screen is between the tags.

2

Define the href attribute. Broadly speaking, there are four kinds of href attributes.

An absolute URL can link to a page anywhere on the Web, such as: eHow

A relative URL can only link to a page within the same domain, such as: eHow

An email address will open up the user’s email client: Send Mail to eHow

An anchor URL will jump to an anchor point, either on the same page or a different one such as: eHow Top 10 There has to be an anchor point inserted in the target page for this to work.

3

Choose how to display the link. Text links are self-explanatory, but if you want to make an image link, you need to use the following syntax:

In this example, "img src" refers to the URL of the image you want to use.

4

Set the target attribute, which allows you to specify where the linked document will open. By default, the target attribute is "_self," which opens the link in the same window or tab. Use "_blank" to open the link in a new tab, and "_parent" to open in the parent frame. The code looks like this:

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5

Post the link by copying it and pasting it into the site where you want it to appear.

About the Author

John Phillips is full-time editor at a leading English newspaper in Asia and has been writing since 2007. He has contributed to eHow on a variety of topics, mostly related to the Internet and web development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Loughborough University and is certified as a subeditor by the UK's National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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