Link Between Pages
Keeping your site visitors engaged with your site is essential to boosting your SEO and achieving the goals you set for yourself online. To do so, it is often recommended to have links connecting different pages of your website together with different kinds of content. This means pages can and should link to each other, when appropriate. A link, if you're not already familiar, is a bit of text, an image or a button that takes you to another page or section when clicked. These can be created in several ways using your Gator website builder.
How to Create a Link:
The first step to creating a link is to copy down the URL for the destination of the link. A URL is a Uniform Resource Locator or "web address" and can be obtained from your search bar or address bar at the top of your browser when visiting the destination. Your website builder has a built-in method for linking to your site's pages if you are linking to another page in your Gator account, however, for this example, we will also cover the universal method of linking by URL.
ProTip: If the link you are trying to create is to your current unpublished Gator website, your URL will be "http://www. + your domain + /Page-Name"
- If your domain is "coolwebsite.com" - And, you make a page called "About Us," Your URL for that page will be: "http://www.coolwebsite.com/About-Us"
- If your domain is "coolwebsite.com" - And, you want to link people to your "HOME" page, the URL you will need is: "http://www.coolwebsite.com/HOME"
Linking Text to your URL:
Once you have the URL, you can link text to another page by highlighting any word or words in the text body then selecting the universal hyperlink icon from the text toolbar, The Chainlink icon.
This will open the Attach hyperlink window:
Any Element that has the Chainlink icon will have this menu for linking. Keep reading to learn how to specifically link Elements.
Once you open the Attach hyperlink pop-up, you will have the following options:
Link to an existing page using the drop-down menu. Select the page name you want and then okay to set your link.
You can paste in your URL to point people externally or to your shop site.
You can also make links that have the effect of calling or opening up the user's Email client.
Pro Tip: On mobile phones especially, linking your textphone number in this manner will allow people to automatically call you. Doing so to the email section will also cause the user's email client to open so they can send you a message.
You can also make a document link which essentially will cause the user to download whatever document you attach to the link.
Clicking the Document option will give you a pop-up menu where you can
- Upload files into the #3 section.
- Sort Documents into Folders.
- Manage Documents Individually
- Cancel/ Confirm Upload
You can apply the link methods above to any element when you see the universal hyperlink icon from that Elements toolbar.
Look for the Chainlink icon:
You can link to almost any Element; like shapes to make unique buttons or link images to your gallery page so people can continue browsing through your work. There are no limits to how many links you can create but its recommended to put a little thought into the "path" you want your users to follow when visiting your site. When possible, try to affiliate your site with other reputable websites to build your reputation online.