Creating Links

Linking to Pages, PDFs and Other Content

Links are one of the most commonly used elements on a website. This section is going to go over how to create a text link and how to have that link go to the various types of content.

Creating a Text Link

You can use text hyperlinks to link to a site page, a document, a profile, an email, or an external web address.

To add a link to the body content follow the following procedure

  1. From the content editor, select the text you want to add a link to.
  2. Click the Link to content icon in the WYSIWYG:
A screen capture of the distribution WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) with the add link icon highlighted
  1. Once clicked the Linkit modal will appear:
A screen capture of the "Linkit" modal
  1. From this modal, you can link to the various types of content.

To see the associated procedure, determine what type of content you wish to link to:

  • Internal Content: Anything on your site
  • External Content: Anything not on your site

Linking to Internal Content

Internal content is content that has been created or uploaded to the site you are currently logged into and is on the same domain. That doesn't necessarily include other CUIMC websites. If you are unsure, please contact Web Services.

  1. To link to internal content, use the Search for content field to enter a term and search for the content you want to link to.
  2. Once you type at least 3 letters, search results will appear related to the term you have entered
  3. Once you’ve found the content that you want to link to, click on it
  4. Once clicked, the Linkit modal will automatically enter the node URL.
  5. Then click Insert link. Once completed the selected text should appear in the link style.

Linking to External Content

External content is content that has not been created or uploaded to the site you are currently logged into and is on a different domain.

  1. To link to external content, use the Link URL field to enter the URL to the content you want to link to.
  2. Once entered, click Insert link. Once completed the selected text should appear in the link style.

Linking to Email Addresses

If your email address is spelled out (Eg. email@cumc.columbia.edu), then creating a link is not needed since the distribution does this for you. However, if you want to add an email link to words (Eg. Contact John Doe), then use the  Link URL field to enter the email address you want to link to.

  1. Start the Link URL with “mailto:”
    Eg. mailto:email@cumc.columbia.edu
  2. Once entered, click Insert link. Once completed the selected text should appear in the link style.