The Link Editor lets you create a set of links that can be placed on a page as single object. These Link Lists can be customized to the various pages on your site. You can have as many unique Link Lists as you’d like in multiple formats. Or you can have one Link List that you use for all your pages.
In general, the primary navigation for a site goes on the upper left side of the page. Secondary navigation frequently goes on the right side of the page. So, a group might have two link lists – one for the left side for the main navigation of the site and a second with additional links that might be relevant on only a few pages.
The main page for the Link Editor is divided into several sections – depending on your group’s configuration you may not see all of these sections.
1. Document – this contains a list of all your documents. If you’ve entered a short desctiprion, you’ll see that here – otherwise, you’ll see the file name
2. Pages – this lists all the pages you created in Editor 2. You’ll see the Page Titles if you’ve added them, otherwise you’ll see the file names.
3. Regular Links – these are links you manually create, they can point to potentially any web content in the world as long as you know the address
4. System Generated - these automatically created links can point to things like the Group Calendar page.
You’ll also see any previously created Link Lists, as well as buttons for New Link and New Link List.
To add a new Regular link – click on New Link
Href: This is the address of the page or site you want to link to. Off campus (and some on campus links) require the full address starting with http – many on campus addresses can be set up as relative links starting with /groupname/ Please see the link tutorial for more information.
Text: This will be the visible text for the link that the users can click on.
Style: This area can be omitted – the Link List has its own style that will override this setting.
Target: Your options are Same Window or New Window. When a user clicks a link you can have it open in the same window – replacing your content – or in a new browser window.
New Window Options: There are a variety of settings you can set if you choose to have the link open in a new window. The default settings are fine in most cases.
When you’re done – click Save Link to save and return to the Link Editor or Cancel to just return.
If you’ve saved your link, you should see it listed under the Regular section.
Link List: To create a new link list, click on New Link List.
List Description: Defaults to the current date, you should rename this to something more descriptive. Note that your users won’t normally see the description.
Header: Optional, some Link List formats make this visible, others don’t.
Header Link: Optional, will only function if you also include a Header. This turns the header text into an additional link for the Link List.
Once you’ve set up the List Options, click on Save List to save your progress.
You’ll go to the Edit List page. This lets you add links to your Link List and choose a format.
You can modify the List Options at the top of the page.
To add links to your Link List, locate them in the column labeled “Available Links”. Double-click the link text to move it to the Link List on the right. Once the link is on the list, you can use the buttons to rearrange the order of the links. Click the link text to select that link, then use the buttons to delete the link, move it all the way to the top, up one , down one, or all the way to the bottom.
When you’re ready, click the Save List button. This will populate the various list formats on the page. Determine which format will work best for you on your pages and click the radio button next to that to select it.
Once you’ve selected the format, scroll down and click Save List. You’ll see a confirmation in green at the top of the page.
If you need to modify an existing list, go to the Link Editor and click on List Description for the Link List. You’ll be taken directly to the Edit List page where you can add or remove links, re-arrange them, or change the format for the Link List.