Problem: You want to turn a certain bit of text into a link to another web page.
Solution: Many blogging and email programs have a button that helps you do this. The button usually has a picture of a globe (world wide web) with a section of chain superimposed on it (chain . . . links–get it?). To use such a button, first open the website you want to link to in another tab of your browser. Then select and copy the web address you want to link to. Next, go to the text you want to turn into a link, and select it. Then click on the make-a-link button. A window will open. It usually already has the
http:// part in the form box. Select that and then paste your web address over it. Then click the OK button. Your text should now be a link.
What if I don’t have that button?
This is often the case when you want to include a link in a comment. You will just have to type out this bit of code very carefully by hand:
<a href="http://www.example.com" title="Link to example website">text that turns into the link</a>
Href holds the web address inside of quotes. Title holds the text that shows up when the cursor is hovered over the link without clicking on it. It explains the link. The text that turns into the link (becomes clickable) will always have single arrows (or less than and greater than signs) pointing at it.
However, I’d like to point out that some blogs, such as this one, do help you create links in the comments. Some actually have buttons, and some have fine print with the structure of the link code provided, like this:
<a href="" title=""></a> Copy this code into your comment. Then put the web address in between the first set of quotes. Put the explanation for the link inside the second set of quotes. And put the text that you want to become clickable between the
Update: This web document labels all the parts of a link and color codes them for easy reference.
Thanks to K. Johnson for asking this question.