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External Links: How to Link to Other Web Sites

Hyperlinks are the way we get around on the web, and these little rascals come in two flavors. There are internal links that link your own web pages and files together, and external links which link your pages to other web sites. This page covers External Links. If you wanted to learn how to use Internal Links, you're on the wrong page, McFoogleSnicker.

External Links

To create external links to another web site you first need to know the other web sites URL (web site address). To find it, you can either look in the address box of your browser when you're on the site you want to link to; or right click on a blank spot on the page and choose Properties from the pop-up menu in Internet Explorer. Other browsers work similarly, though the wording may be different.

Suppose you wanted to create a link to my site (Which would be a nice thing for you to do for my educating and amusing you! Thanks in advance if you do). My web site address is:
To create a link to my site you would add the following code to your page:
<a href=""></a>
That would show up on your page like this:

It would be an underlined hyperlink. Hey, just copy and paste that code up there so others can find me. You wouldn't want I should be lost in cyberspace, would you?

That's all there is to it. By linking to quality sites you help your visitors explore the web. That's what it's all about—helping each other out.

No doubt.

TIP: Use the link balloon trick to add an interesting twist to your links.


URL: Uniform Resource Locator
a href: A is for Anchor, HREF for Hypertext Reference

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