Making Links in Reason

Why make links?

The most important thing that differentiates web pages from printed documents is the link. Once upon a time, web sites had "links" pages where links were collected, but now it is much more common to just make links as appropriate in the main text of any page. In fact, providing links to more information can make the difference between a boring, dead-end web page and a valuable resource.

Okay, I want to make some links!

There are two ways to make links. The first way will work for any page on the internet, but it is slightly more effort. The second way is quicker, but it only works if you are linking to a page in your Reason site.

  • Linking to any web page

    • Step 1: Find out the Web address (URL) of the site or page want to link to. For example, if you want to link to the Habitat for Humanity website, you could do a search to find that website. Once you have found it, you probably want to copy the web address listed at the top of your browser (which in this example will be http://www.habitat.org/).

    • Step 2: Get to where you can edit the content you want to link from.

    • Step 3: Select the text that you want to become a link. For example, in the sentence "Steve Collins volunteers for Habitat for Humanity on the weekends." you would hightlight the words "Habitat for Humanity".

    • Step 4: Click on the globe icon, Insert Link Button (which helpfully displays "Insert Link" when you pause over it.)

    • Step 5: Click on the "Custom" tab in the popup window.

    • Step 6: Paste or type in the web address you copied earlier into the "Enter URI" field. Make sure you don't have the "http://" portion repeated twice; this can happen because that is pre-entered in the "Enter URI" field.

    • Step 7 (optional): In the "Link Title" field, you can (if you wish) type in a description of the page you are linking to (in this example, you could type in "Habitat for Humanity International" into the "Link Title" field.)

    • Step 8: Click "OK." The link window should go away, and the text you highlighted earlier will be a link! You can now save the item.

    • Step 9: Make sure the link works by going to the public site and clicking on the link.

  • Linking to a web page that is part of your Reason site
    • Step 1: Get to where you can edit the content you want to link from.

    • Step 2: Select the text that you want to become a link. For example, in the sentence "Steve Collins works in the Slide Library." you could hightlight the words "Slide Library".

    • Step 3: Click on the globe icon, Insert Link Button (which helpfully displays "Insert Link" when you pause over it.)

    • Step 4: The "Current Site Pages" tab should be highlighted in the popup window.

    • Step 5: Choose the page you want to link to in the "Select Pages" dropdown list. (In this example we might choose the Slide Library page.)

    • Step 6 (optional): In the "Link Title" field, you can (if you wish) type in a description of the page you are linking to (in this example, you could type in "The Carleton College Slide Library" into the "Link Title" field.)

    • Step 7: Click "OK." The link window should go away, and the text you highlighted earlier will be a link! You can now save the item.