Many practices like to give their visitors a more comprehensive viewing experience by linking them to other pages within their website, or by directing them to a third party. Whilst you can include the full hyperlink on your page, we recommend embedding the link instead. This allows you to choose a section of text to house the hyperlink, making for a cleaner read. It is very simple to do.
Creating a text link
- In order to create a link on your page, you will need to log in.
- Navigate to the page you wish to add a link to, either through the main site or using the ‘Pages’ option from the black sidebar. Selecting ‘Edit Page’ will open up the editor.
- Type the sentence you wish to include a link in, and highlight the relevant text.
- We recommend that you select as much text as is relevant. This makes it easier for visitors who use screen-readers to know what the link is for. In this instance I have selected ‘NHS weight loss services here’.
- In the toolbar at the top there will be an icon that resembles a chain titled ‘Insert/edit link’. Selecting this will open the link dialogue box.
- If you are navigating within your own website, you can simply start typing relevant keywords into the box.
- Once you have selected the correct page, don’t forget to click the blue ‘Apply’ button to ensure that your link is added.
- You can also type in the full web address if you are directing to a third party site, or you already have the link to your page available.
Opening links in new tabs
Depending on the nature of the link, you may want it to open in a new tab. This is especially true for links that navigate to third party websites, since visitors might like to keep your gpsurgery.net website open at the same time.
- Select the gear symbol called ‘Link options’. This will open up a new box.
- Check the box marked ‘Open link in a new tab’. This means that when visitors click on this link, the page will open up in a new tab, allowing them to view their current page at the same time.
- Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Add Link’ button to ensure that your link is updated.
Adding links to pictures
It is also possible to add links to pictures. This serves the same purpose as a text link, but gives visitors a different method of reaching the same destination.
- You can find information on how to add images to your page here.
- When in the editor, simply click on the image to open up some options.
- Selecting the pencil, highlighted above, will open the ‘Image Details’ screen. From here you can alter the size of your image, as well as add or remove links.
- Under ‘Display Settings’ should be a drop down menu called ‘Link To’. Change this to ‘Custom URL’ and then copy the web address in its entirely into the box called ‘URL’.
- Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Update’ button to save your changes.
Your image should now link visitors to the relevant page. Unlike text links, you cannot change image links to display in a new tab. Be aware of this when adding image links.