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Links

Links come, for the most part, in two main flavors: External and Internal. Depending on the content module you are editing, you may have additional options with regard to link types that allow you to use custom links that provide ease of use, such as custom news feed links.

  1. Internal links: links to assets found inside Cascade, including Pages, Files and External Links (deprecated for Common Links)
  2. External links: links outside Cascade, including secure links, email addresses, telephone numbers

There are two ways you can add links on your website:

  1. Through the Insert/Edit Link dialog box inside the WYSIWYG editor
  2. Directly inside a content module, via any link type option

Link Dialog Box

If you are adding a new link via the WYSIWYG editor, select the text or image needing the link and then the chain link icon (or right-click for the menu option Insert/Edit Link). The options in the dialog box are mostly the same except for the selection between an internal and external link. Selecting one or the other will provide the options for adding that type of link.

  • External link: Use the standards provided for external links
  • Internal link:
    • Clear selection (red minus button): Clears the link out, so you can choose a new one or cancel the process
    • Search: Opens the browsing options (i.e. Recent, Browse, Upload) to aid you to quickly find the asset or create a new one, if you need to add a file. Your asset may be in another Site, include the Common site (location of all Common Links). Once you find your asset, click Confirm to select that internal link.
  • Anchor: Used to hop around on a specific page, if it has an anchor ID. You typically will not need this optional field. If you do, contact Web Services about what you are trying to hop to on this page or another page.
  • Target: Used to determine if selecting the link will open it in another window/tab or the same one. You typically do not want to open content in a new window/tab because it confuses your constituents about how to go back a page in their web browser. Any file you open also typically opens in its own application without direction.
  • Title: You will typically not need this optional field as it only provide additional information for those who hover a mouse over the link. This can be confusing if it overrides the alternative text on an image.
  • Class: You will never need this optional field.

Link Types in Content Modules

In portions of content modules, you will be asked if you want to include a link on an image or button. Your options may differ on content modules, but the main options will be:

  • External link: Use the standards provided for external links
  • Internal link:
    • Clear selection (red minus button): Clears the link out, so you can choose a new one or cancel the process
    • Search: Opens the browsing options (i.e. Recent, Browse, Upload) to aid you to quickly find the asset or create a new one, if you need to add a file. Your asset may be in another Site, include the Common site (location of all Common Links). Once you find your asset, click Confirm to select that internal link.
  • None: Do not use a link here

Custom links may be available on content modules, including a news feed link that automatically creates a special link based on your selection of a news category, etc.

When using the Link Type option in Content Module Blocks, please be aware that the content does not disappear when you change it from Internal link to External link and vice versa. You need to remove the content before you change the Link Type to ensure your link is going to the right destination.