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Create Links

There are several different kinds of links you can make:

  • Internal links jump to other pages in the same web site. Also called “local” or sometimes “page” links. Internal links all have the same domain name (,, etc.).
  • External links jump to pages outside of a particular web site. Also called “remote” links. You can link to any other web page in the world, and in most cases you needn’t ask permission. External links have a different domain name from the web site you find them in.
  • Email links don’t take the user to another page, but instead open up a blank, pre-addressed email message in that person’s email client.
  • Anchors generally don’t jump the user to another page, but to somewhere else on the same page. These are very useful for long pages. They can also jump to a specific position on another web page.

To make an internal, or local, link you first have to have another page to link to. So make another quick page and save it. (We’ll talk about the rules for naming files in the next chapter.)

The exact steps for making internal links is a little bit different in each software program, but the basic process is:

  1. Select the text or the graphic on the first page that you want to link to the newly created page.
  2. Find the “link editor” for your program.
  3. Then, depending on your software, either type in the name of the file you want that text or graphic file to link to (you can actually type in the name of the file even if you haven’t created it yet); or choose a file name from a menu. The steps are neither difficult nor complicated, but you should read your manual to find out exactly what they are.

To make an external, or remote, link you must first know the exact url (web address) of the page you want to link to. Then:

  1. Select the text or the graphic that you want to link to another page.
  2. Find the link editor for your program.
  3. Type in the exact url, including the http:// and any slashes at the end of the address. Click OK or hit Return or Enter.

As you read your manual, you will probably discover shortcuts. A Dream-weaver shortcut, for example, is shown on the opposite page.

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