So you want to know how to install a hyperlink into a website like it was done in the good 'ol days? Chances are if you're putting together your own site—or even blog—you're going to need to know how to complete this simple task. Remember, a website without links is like a car without tires—it goes nowhere! Follow these three easy steps and you'll be installing hyperlinks like a pro in no time.
- Figure out Your What You're Linking To In the web design world, we call this a destination-meaning the thing you want to link to. This could be a movie, a song, a picture, or another web page. Either way, the destination is where the link will go once someone clicks on it. If you don't have a destination… well, then you don't really need to install a link then, do you?
- Figure out What You Want to Call Your Link We call this a label, and it's what the person clicking your link sees before they click it. This can be something like "Return Home," or "Video of Guy Shooting Milk Out of His Nose." The best labels always act as headlines for your destination. If someone isn't interested in your label, chances are they aren't going to waste their time going to your destination.
- Figure out Your Code This is the fun part, where you get install your hyperlink by using the gobbledygook known as hypertext markup language–or HTML for short. Luckily for you newcomers, the HTML code always stays the same. Simply take your destination and label from steps one and two and put them into this handy code:
For example, to install a hyperlink leading to Made Man you would type this:
<a href="http://www.mademan.com/">Made Man</a>
Keep in mind that in order to install a hyperlink everything in the code has to be written out exactly as shown. Spelling errors mean broken links! Also, be sure that your destination is already on the internet. If it's not on the internet you're going to have to put it there somehow. If you don't know how to do that, we suggest picking up a good book on HTML basics. If this sounds complicated, don't fret! Rome wasn't created in a day, and neither are good web designers. Keep it simple and stick to the basic steps outlined above and you'll be on your way to ruling the web in no time.