Back to Basics - Hyperlinks and Images
Posted by CatholicWeb Admin on 08 June 2009 04:52 PM
It's time to revisit a few items that can often get overlooked. Those particular items include creating a hyperlink, and uploading images. Hyperlinks are critical in the World Wide Web, and understanding them is just as important. Images offer a personal touch, and can liven up any website. We have prepared a small outline for each topic, and a short tutorial video.
Hyperlinks are what connect information, data, and pages together. Without these links, travel on the internet would be non-existent. It is important to understand the subtle differences between link types, and the creative ways you can use them. Some key things to consider is how the link should behave. Should the link take you to a new window, or another page in the same window? Creating links properly will ensure that users that use your site will not get lost, and they won't lose your site either.
In EZWeb, you have the option of linking to your files, your articles, other websites, email addresses and anchors. When linking to a file, simply select One of my Files from the link type menu. You will get a list of files that you have uploaded to your Image/File Center. The same applies to One of my Articles. There is no extra details required for these.
Sometimes it is helpful to preformat an email address. Selecting E-mail from the link type menu will provide you with a location to fill in the addressee email address, as well as an optional subject link, and body text. When a user clicks on this link, they will be prompted by their email program with a new message with the address, subject, and body text filled in for them.
The area some users get confused is how to treat links that go outside of their website. Have you ever gone to a website, clicked on a link or two, closed your browser, and then lost the site you were originally on? We don't want that to happen to you. In these cases, the user should get a new window, which prevents the user from accidentally closing your website. In the Link dialog box, there is a Target tab. Click on the Target tab, and you will have a couple of target options. When linking to a website outside of your own, like USCCB for example, make sure you select the New Window (_blank) target option.
One other concept that is frequently overlooked, is using an image as the link. Like text, you can use images as the base of a link, so when users click the image they are directed to the location you have specified. If you have some content like a Sunday homily, consider a small graphic that says "Listen to the Sunday homily", or something to that effect. The possibilities are endless.
Here is a short tutorial on how to create a hyperlink to another website in EZWeb:
Images offer a personal touch. Whether it be graphical buttons, supporting images, or pictures of staff or events, you first have to upload them to your Image/File Center. One thing to keep in mind here is your organization of your Image/File Center. Did you know what you can create folders to manage your images and files? In EZWeb, you can create a folder like organization in your Image/File Center by creating Categories. To create a category, simply follow these steps:
Now that you have categories created, you can neatly organize the images and files that you upload.
Here is a brief tutorial video with instructions on how to upload an image to EZWeb: