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FAQ - How Do I Make Hyperlinks (Fancy URLs)?
Ever wonder how people create Hyperlinks - you know, those fancy URLs that appear as "blue text" in posts, but take you directly to the internet site. Well it's not hard. Here are the easy step by step instructions (only a couple of extra clicks required once you've done it a couple of times).
1. Find the webpage you want to link to.
2. Copy the URL from the address line at the top of the browser.
3. Go to the page where you create, edit or reply to posts.
4. Click on the url box (right-most box, under the subject line).
5. Hit the backspace key - this will remove the right square bracket.
6. Add an = (equal sign).
7. Paste your URL after the equal sign.
8. Type the right square bracket back in after your URL which was pasted in, in step 6.
9. Type whatever text you want to appear in your post, instead of the URL.
10. Click the URL box again (same one you clicked in step 4).
There you're done. If you don't like where you've created this hyperlink (it's always created at the end of the post, or wherever you stopped typing), you can cut/paste it anywhere in your post. Just make sure you don't lose any characters. One typo and you're dead. Your text will appear in the post wherever you paste the Hyperlink. You can even make it part of your written text, instead of a separate paragraph if you wish.
Click on the preview button and you'll see your handiwork. If you don't see the blue hyperlink, with the text you wanted in place of the URL, you've done something wrong.
The hyperlink should look like the following, except that the "curly" brackets will be square brackets. (If I were to actually put square brackets into these instructions, I'd be creating a URL and you wouldn't be able to see what I've typed properly).
Note 1. This can be especially useful if you have a really long URL. Long URLs make your post look less professional and even cause difficulty for some users in some browsers.
Note 2. URLs that contain curly brackets cannot be properly pasted into posts. You can paste them, but then people have to cut and paste the actual URL into the address pane of the browser. Whenever you encounter this situation, you should say so in your post.