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There are four types of links that you can create in the CMS: internal, external, anchor, and reference links. 

  • Internal link

    Internal link - A link to a page or document that is in the CMS. Internal links are managed or tracked by the CMS system, which means that the link will automatically be updated if the linked asset is moved or renamed. 

    Access to other sites within the CMS can be made available to your faculty, department, or user group for the purpose of internal linking on a case-by-case basis. If you need to link to a page in the CMS but you do not have access to the website, please send an email to webteam@uoit.ca to request read-access to the website. 


    How to create an internal link:

    1. Type the link text (portion of the text that will be the link). Be sure to follow accessibility guidelines when creating link text.
    2. Highlight the link text and select the Insert/Edit Link icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar, or right-click the link text and select Insert/Edit Link.
      Image showing the Insert/Edit Link button
    3. Select Internal                                                                            Select Internal Link Screenshot
    4. In the Link field, click Search and browse to the page in the CMS. 
    5. Select whether the page should open in a new browser tab or window in the Target field. Typically, if the linked page is a UOIT page, it should open in the same browser tab/window.
    6. If you would like the link to appear as a button, select button from the Class field dropdown list.
  • External link

    External link - A link to a page or document that is either outside of the CMS, or in the CMS but not managed or tracked by the CMS system. The full URL of the linked page or document is used to create the external link. If the linked asset is in the CMS, but is linked to externally, the link will not be updated if the linked asset is moved or renamed. 


    How to create an external link:

    1. Type the link text (portion of the text that will be the link). Be sure to follow accessibility guidelines when creating link text.
    2. Highlight the link text and select the Insert/Edit Link icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar, or right-click the link text and select Insert/Edit Link.
      Image showing the Insert/Edit Link button
    3. Select External and enter the full URL (including the 'http://' portion of the URL) in the Link field.External Link screenshot
    4. Select whether the page should open in a new browser tab or window in the Target field. Typically, if the linked page is a UOIT page, it should open in the same browser tab/window.
    5. If you would like the link to appear as a button, select button from the Class field dropdown list.
  • Anchor link

    Anchor link - A link within a page that jumps to a specific point or section on that page.


    How to create an anchor link:

    1. Create the link text:
      1. Type the link text (portion of the text that will be the link). Be sure to follow accessibility guidelines when creating link text.
      2. Highlight the link text and select the Insert/Edit Link icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar, or right-click the link text and select Insert/Edit Link.
        Image showing the Insert/Edit Link button
      3. Select Internal                                                                             Select internal screenshot
      4. In the Link field, click Search and browse to the page in the CMS. If the linked section is on the current page, the Link path can remain empty. 
      5. In the Anchor field, enter a unique name for the section to which you want the link to point. This name cannot have any spaces or special characters. Make a note of what this name is (or copy and paste it somewhere on your computer so that you can access it later).
      6. Select whether the page should open in a new browser tab or window in the Target field. Typically, if the linked page is a UOIT page, it should open in the same browser tab/window.
      7. If you would like the link to appear as a button, select button from the Class field dropdown list.
    2. Create the anchor:
      1. If the linked section is on another page, browse to that page in the CMS and edit the page. 
      2. In the WYSIWYG content editor, locate the section where the anchor link should point. Place your cursor immediately before the beginning of the text in the section.                                       Anchor will link to this section screenshot
      3. Select the Insert/Edit Anchor icon from the WYSIWYG toolbar.
        Image showing the Insert/Edit Anchor button
      4. Enter the unique anchor name exactly as you entered it in step 1.5 above. Enter anchor name screeshot
  • Reference link

    Reference link - A link in the navigation menu to a page in the CMS that exists in another location. A page can thus appear to exist in multiple locations (menu sections), but when the link is selected, it directs back to the original page. Therefore, you only have to manage the content on a single page.


    How to create a reference link:

    1. Create your "original" page.
    2. Browse to and select the original page in the CMS sidebar.                                                                  Browse to original page screenshot
    3. a) Hover over the page in the CMS sidebar, click on the arrow that appears and select ReferenceHowever and select reference screenshot
      OR 
      b) In the secondary navigation tabs, select More and select ReferenceSelect More and select Reference Screen shot
    4. In the reference link editor screen, the System name field will be automatically populated with the current system name of the original page. This should remain the same, but if you do choose to change it, ensure that it has no spaces (dashes should be used) and all characters are lowercase. The system name does not affect how the link name will appear in the menu - it will take the display name of the original page. The system name only affects the URL of the link. 
    5. In the Parent folder field, browse to and select the menu subsection or folder where you want the "copied" page link to appear.