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Hour 12. Using Links to Build a Web Site > The Basic Act: Linking One Page to A...

The Basic Act: Linking One Page to Another

Composer makes it easy to link pages you've created while they're still on your PC. The trick is to create the pages first and then build the links as described in the following To Do.

To Do: Link one of your own pages to others

Create the Web pages that will make up your Web site, and save them all in the same folder.

Type and format the text that will serve as the various links.

Select the text of one link source.

Figure 12.1. Step 1: Create your pages and store them together in a folder.

Figure 12.2. Step 3: Select a link source.

One good way to link pages is to create a block of links—containing a separate link for each page—and put it at the bottom of every page. That way, your visitors can jump from any page in your Web site to any other with just one click.

After you've created the block of links, you can use copy-and-paste to copy the block from one page to others (see Hour 6, “Adding and Editing Text”). Or, you can build the block in one page and then use that page as a template (see Hour 4, “Starting Pages in Other Programs”) for all the rest.

Besides (or in addition to) using a block of text links, you can use picture links (see Hour 14, “Adding Pictures (and Picture Backgrounds)”) or an imagemap (see Hour 18, “Dividing a Page into Frames”) to create a navigation bar, a graphical link block for each page in the site.

Click the Link button on the Composition toolbar.

In the box labeled URL, type the complete filename of the page file to which this link points (including the .htm or .html part). Do not put http:// or anything else at the beginning. The filename alone does it. Then click OK.

Figure 12.3. Step 5: For the link URL, type the filename of the page to which to link.



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