From revealing information that people want, to make a site real easy to navigate, we need the basic static text link. Designing a site with static text links is really simple, and in addition it makes every page of your website reachable, not only to people, but also to search engines like google to discover that page easily.
If we take a look at Google design and content guidelines, at the beginning of it they mentioned, “Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link.” So, you can understand how important it is to have static text link to every page of your website. In this series of articles, we will go through all the details of text link that one needs to know and to become master of using it.
What is a Text Link?
If you want to know the actual fact, then the World Wide Web of today is actually a fancy name of plentiful text links that connect websites together with the click or tap of a button. And basically a text link is nothing but a HTML link with HTML anchor constructed using anchor tag (<a>)..
To make a text link all you have to do is to start with the <a> tag then the title of the page where we want people to go, not just old fashioned click me, and then end it again with a tag, but this time we put a slash in front of it, as </a>
<a>This is a Static Text link</a>
However, the example above will not take you everywhere, because it is missing the reference. The reference it needs is called hypertext reference, which is an HTML attribute of an anchor (link) tag that requires a valid URL in order to properly direct a user to a different location. In simple words, it means that if a user clicks of taps on a link then this attribute will navigate to the reference location. To make it works first we express the Hypertext reference in short with “href” followed by an equal sign and put the reference value in the middle of double quotation marks.
<a herf=”http://www.alexamaster.com”>Alexa Master</a>
Look at the example above, which is the simplest example of a text link. And as we have mentioned earlier, the address that we put inside as a reference is known as URL or Uniform Resource Locator. Even though now almost every web as well as text editor come with a built-in text link creator, it is better for everyone to know how it works. We have discuss that in details in the next part of the articles – How the Text Link Works.
Don’t forget to read that article, and also let us know how many of you use static text links daily in pages that you publish.