What are Links?
Links make connections from one page to another. CuteSITE Builder, and especially the CuteSITE Builder map, makes it easy to both create and keep track of links. Be sure to spend some time thinking about links in a file: when you publish, you’ll find that a Web site is often only as good as its navigation.
There are a number of different types of links available in CuteSITE Builder.
A basic link uses the existing text in a page. Select the text, right-click, choose Link to a Page Using > Selection, and then click the page you want to link to in the map. You can also create basic links from pictures in either the map or the pages.
Another type of link uses a page’s title and, optionally, other fields from the page’s Properties dialog box as the text for the link. To create these links, right-click and choose Link to a Page Using > (some type of) Field(s). The advantage of field links is that whenever you change the page’s fields, the text in the link updates automatically — or if you change the title or summary in the link, the change is reflected in the page’s title or summary. Using automatically updated field links, CuteSITE Builder makes it easy to keep your links current and consistent.
You can link to a specific location within a page by creating a link to an anchor at that location. In the page, right-click and choose Insert > Anchor. From any other location on that page or another page you can then right-click and choose Link to an Anchor on > (the original) Page.
A sequence is a series of related pages that you want to present in a specific order. To create a sequence, right-click the map and choose Insert > Sequence. This places a sequence line on the map. Then drag and drop pages onto the sequence line. You can also establish vertical links called up level links between an introductory or overview page and a detail page.
When you add a page to a sequence, or add an up level link, CuteSITE Builder activates navigation links among the pages involved. There are two types of navigation links: either buttons that bring you to the next or previous page in a sequence, up to the page that introduces the sequence, or down to a subordinate page, or a list of links to all pages in the sequence. Navigation links automatically adjust as you reorder a sequence, or add and remove pages from it, or add or delete up level relationships.
Tour sequences are reading paths through specific pages. With tour sequences, you can adapt a single Web site for different audiences. For example, you can supply one reading path that takes the visitor through all the financial information and another reading path that takes the visitor through all the marketing information. The visitor can select any of the reading paths or can read the pages in an arbitrary order.
Links appear in pages with a dashed black underline. You can follow a link by clicking the link or you can edit the link text by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link.
See Secrets of Good Web Writing for tips on using links effectively in pages and Web site files.
The following are common link tasks: