Insert Links and Anchors

Within the text on your page, you can add links to other pages and files. Links in text can be one of two types, depending on where they point: Internal or External.

  • Internal Links are for pages or files, including PDFs, that are within the site you are working in Cascade CMS.
  • External Links are for other sites on the web, including other Brandeis sites that you do not have access to in the CMS.
  1. Navigate to the page on which you want to place your link and click Edit.
  2. In any content type that uses the WYSIWYG editor, select the words that you want to serve as a link. This text should be unique and descriptive. Do not link words such as "Click Here." Then click the Link icon on the WYSIWYG toolbar. (It looks like several links of chain.)

    Link icon

    A small window should open.
  3. For Internal Links follow the instructions in 3A. For External Links, please skip to step 3B.

    Browse in the menu structure to select your link

    A. The Internal option is shown by default. In the Link Source field, click the Choose File, Page, or Link button. The Chooser Panel window will open on the right.

    The Chooser Panel will allow you to link to a Recent page, or Browse for an asset to link to.

    Once you have selected the desired asset, click the blue Choose button.

    After you confirm, you will see the full path to the asset you selected below the Link Source field. 

    See the link path below the link source field

    (To continue adding an Internal Link, please skip to step 4.)

    B. For External Links, choose the External button. In the Link Source filed, type in the full URL of the link (including http:// or https://).

    Type the full URL in the external link field
  4. For both internal and external links, in addition to assigning a link, you will see additional fields:
  • Anchor, described below
  • Target, which determines whether the link opens in the same or a new browser window/tab. For accessibility purposes, this should be set to None, even if users are being directed to a different website.
  • Title, which will display if a user hovers over the linked text. Not required.
  • Class, which can be ignored, unless you are creating a button.
  1. Click Ok when you are done.
  2. If you added an external link, and you put in a URL that used http:// (as opposed to https://), you will receive a system message indicating that you may want to consider adding a link that uses https//. You do not have to update the URL to https://; click OK and you will be able to continue editing the page.
    1. If the site you are linking to has a secure version (i.e., works if you use https://), you can edit the link to update the link to https://.
System message indicating URL should use https

Adding an Anchor

An anchor, sometimes called a bookmark, is an element that marks a specific position on your page. You can link to it from another point on your page or a different page.

Create the Anchor

  1. Open your page in Edit/Content mode and click into the content area you wish to edit. Place the cursor at the point where you wish to make an anchor (the point to which you are linking). Then click on the anchor icon in the WYSIWYG toolbar.

    Anchor/bookmark button on the WYSIWYG
  2. A small window will pop up and you can enter an id for your anchor. Choose a name that is both descriptive and easy to remember.

Best Practice: Anchor names should be short with no spaces and consist of lowercase letters and/or dashes.

  1. Click Ok. An anchor symbol should now appear where the cursor was. This symbol will not appear on the published page, only in Edit/Content mode. It can be moved or deleted just like text.

Anchor icon outlined in red

Link to the Anchor

  1. You now can link to the Anchor. If you are creating the link to the anchor on the same page, follow the directions in step 2. If you are linking to the anchor from a different page, skip to step 3.
  2. A. Select the text that you want to serve as a link. Then click the Link icon.
    B. On the Insert Link screen, enter the name you gave your anchor in the Anchor field. Then click Ok.

    Link to an anchor on the same page

The words you selected should now appear as a linked text.

  1. A. To create a link on a different page, in the CMS, go to the page on which you would like to create the link. Click the Edit tab.

    B. Select the text that you want to serve as a link. Then click the Link icon.

    C. On the Insert Link screen, in the Link Source field, select the page where you created the anchor, then enter the name you gave your anchor in the Anchor field. Then click OK. The words you selected should now appear as a linked text.