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Adding links to your site

You can link to pages, external sites, files, email addresses, phone numbers, or internal content in many areas of your site.

This guide covers links that visitors can click on your site. To learn more about linking visitors to your website from elsewhere, visit Sharing URLs from your site.

Where you can add links

You can add links to almost any part of your site. For steps on adding various types of links, visit the corresponding guide:

  • Text - Create links almost anywhere you can add text.
  • Navigation - Add links to your site's navigation structure.
  • Images - Turn images into links.
  • Button Blocks - Add buttons to content areas.
  • Cover Pages - Add links or buttons in the Actions panel of Cover Pages.

What you can link to

Use the Content, Files, or External tab in link editors to link to different types of content. You can link to:

Note: Links added to navigation may have different tabs. If you don't see Content, Files, and External tabs, visit Adding links to your navigation.

Link to your site's content

Use the Content tab to link to content within your site, like a page or collection items filtered by tag or category.

To link to a page on your site:

  1. In the link editor, click the Content tab.
  2. Scroll down and select the page or content you’d like to link. The page or content you select will display a checkmark beside its name. (How pages are organized here depends on the link editor.)
  3. For text links, click Add Link. For other link editors, click outside the link editor to save.
Tip: Linking to an Index's sub-page takes visitors to a standalone version of the page. To link to a sub-page within the main Index layout, add an Index anchor link as an external link.

To link to all collection items with a specific tag or category:

  1. In the link editor, click the Content tab.
  2. Scroll down and select the collection (like a Blog or Products Page) with the category or tag you'd like to link.
  3. For text links, select the tag or category from the dropdown menus that appear below. For other link editors, click the arrow beside the page title to reveal the tag or category dropdown menus.
  4. For text links, click Add Link. For other link editors, click outside the link editor to save.
Tip: To link to an individual blog post, event, product, or gallery image rather than a group of them filtered by tags or categories, add its complete URL in the External tab.
Note: If you change a source page's URL slug, open the link and reselect the page in the Content tab to update the link.

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Link to a file

In the Files tab, you can link to an uploaded file visitors can download, like a .pdf, audio file, or image.

When clicked, the file downloads or opens in a new tab or window, depending on your visitor's browser. Visitors can also right-click (or on a Mac, Option + click) to download the file.

To add a file to a link, click the Files tab in the link editor. Then follow the steps below for text links or all other links.

Note: When you upload a file to a link, it's saved in the Files tab of the link editor so you can use it again. Files added elsewhere, like images in Gallery Blocks or CSS files, aren't stored in the Files tab. To learn more about managing files on your site, visit Uploading and managing files.

Text links

  • To upload a new file, click Add File to select a file from your computer or drag a file directly into the Add File area. The new file will appear selected in a list below the Add File area.
  • To link to an existing file, click the file you want to link to. The file you select will display a checkmark beside its name.

When you're done, click Add Link.

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Other links

For other links, such as Button Blocks and image clickthrough URLs:

  • To upload a new file, click Add a File to select a file from your computer or drag a file directly into the Add a File area. The new file appears in the Existing File tab.
  • To add an existing file to a link, click Existing File, then click the file you want to link to.

When you're done, click outside the link editor to save your link and close the window.

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Link to any URL, email address, or phone number

The External tab is best for linking to:

  • An individual collection item, such as a blog post or a product
  • A URL of any page outside of your site
  • An email address
  • A phone number
  • An SMS / text message

To link to external content:

  1. In the link editor, click the External tab.
  2. Enter the full URL you’d like to link to, or follow the steps to add an email address, phone number, or SMS link.
  3. To have the link open in a new browser tab, rather than directing visitors away from your site, click Open in new window.
  4. For text links, click Add Link. For other link editors, click outside the link editor to save.
Notes: It isn't possible to automatically force links to open in an entirely new browser window, as this can cause issues with a browser's pop-up blocker.

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Troubleshooting

For help with broken links and other issues, visit Troubleshooting link issues.

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