Creating links in your site.
We can improve the welcome message on my site by creating a link for the Club Secretary’s email address rather than expose his email address on the front page.
Starting from Admin Home>Site Builder, hover over the widget that you want to change – in this case, the welcome message – and left click on it to open it for editing.
- Highlight the text e.g. ‘Peter by email’ is highlighted for an email link.
- Click on the link icon - it looks like a chain link.
- Enter the email address in the box – I have cut the email address out of the text and pasted it into the link address box.
- If the email address is not prefixed by ‘mailto:’, then place the insertion point (left click) at the beginning of the email address and click on the ‘mailto:’ icon. The link address should look something like the one in the illustration below.
- Click OK to create the link.
It is easy to see that the link has been created - the text is underlined and changes colour.
After tidying up the text, the public page text will look like this:
Adding a link to another site
In this example, the following steps will show you how to create a link to a league division table.
From Admin Home>Site Builder, go to Widgets and select HTML.
In the HTML widget, enter the text to identify the division link.
Here, I have added some text and used the Color icon (artist’s palette) to change the colour of the text to red.
In a separate browser tab or window, open the table in the competition site.
Highlight and copy the URL from the competition site to your PC’s clipboard.
Return to the HTML widget in Site Builder and highlight the text to be used for the link.
Click on the link icon.
Paste the URL into the box.
Tick the box to open the link in a new window if required, and click OK to save the link.
In the screen shot below, you can see that the link has been put into place because the text is underlined.
Set the Position and Dimension settings to suit the label that you have created.
Save the widget.
Here’s my Home page with the new link to a league table:
In the same way that a link to a bit of text was made, you could make a link to an image on your site. Just select the image in the HTML widget before clicking the link icon.
If you have added a document to your site (Admin>Information Board>Library) - club rules, constitution etc. why not put a link to it on your home page?
You will need to know the URL of the document. To find this, open the document from the public view of the document library.1
The page will open in a new tab. Now highlight and copy the URL of the attachment.
Return to the Admin Home page and select Site Builder.
Select Widgets, then HTML from the list.
Depending on how your bowser works, either
- highlight the text before clicking the link icon, paste the URL and click OK
- click the link icon and paste the URL, highlighting the text and click OK (Internet Explorer 11).
The link has been created if the text is underlined and has changed its colour.
Don’t forget to test the links that you have made to make sure that you end up in the correct place!
If your link appears not to be working, check in Site Builder that you don’t have overlapping frames i.e. one widget on top of another.
1 If you use the administrator’s link to the document or news article, the viewer will get a message such as ‘You are not authorized to do the action, you tried to attempt.’ indicating that the document may only be viewed if you are signed in as an administrator.