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An external link is a link in a FamilySearch Wiki article that sends users to another website outside of the FamilySearch Research Wiki. In other words, if users click on an external link, the link will send them to a different website, rather than to an article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website. Links that send users to other articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website are known as [[Create an internal link|internal links]].  
 
An external link is a link in a FamilySearch Wiki article that sends users to another website outside of the FamilySearch Research Wiki. In other words, if users click on an external link, the link will send them to a different website, rather than to an article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website. Links that send users to other articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website are known as [[Create an internal link|internal links]].  
  
== How to create an external link  ==
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#Save your changes by scrolling down using the outside scroll-bar until you locate the '''Save page''' button located below the editing window.  
 
#Save your changes by scrolling down using the outside scroll-bar until you locate the '''Save page''' button located below the editing window.  
 
#After clicking '''Save page''', you will be able to click on the newly created link to another website.  
 
#After clicking '''Save page''', you will be able to click on the newly created link to another website.  
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:{{Note|NOTE: If the link does not work, then it was typed in incorrectly. Unlike internal links which display a red link when a page does not exist, external links will display a blue link even though the link is incorrect. Repeat the steps above, paying close attention to step 7.<br><br><center>'''Check to see''' that your link includes '''http:// '''at the beginning of the link.</center><br>}}
  
 
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*To link to another website, the&nbsp;url, or website address&nbsp;must match exactly. If there are any differences, the link will appear red on the page, and will not direct users to the intended website.
 
*If the website was entered correctly in the "Link" box, the link will be blue.
 
 
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In the URL, include the http:// or the link will not work.
 
 
To edit existing links to websites, follow the same steps above.
 
 
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*For links within the Research Wiki, see [[Create an internal link]]
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=== Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) Links  ===
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*Instructions for using the {{tl|FHL}} template for creating links to the Family History Library Catalog.
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*Instructions for using the {{tl|RecordSearch}} template for creating links to [{{RecordSearch}} Record Search].
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*Instructions for using the {{tl|WorldCat}} template for creating links to the English-language [http://www.WorldCat.org WorldCat/OCLC] catalog.
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*Instructions for using the {{tl|Wpd}} template for creating interwiki links to articles in the English-language [[wikipedia:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]].
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*Instructions for using the {{tl|Wayback}} template for creating links to the {{Wpd|Internet Archive}} "[http://web.archive.org/ Wayback Machine]".
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Help-content.png This help article will guide you as you edit in the Wiki. See Contributor Help for more help articles.


Quick Reference:

  • The blue globe/earth icon Globe (internal linking).jpg with the two chain links looped together on the toolbar is used for external linking.
  • Watch a video demonstration of how to create links.

What is an external link?

An external link is a link in a FamilySearch Wiki article that sends users to another website outside of the FamilySearch Research Wiki. In other words, if users click on an external link, the link will send them to a different website, rather than to an article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website. Links that send users to other articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki website are known as internal links.

How to create an external link

  1. Log in to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  2. Navigate to the page where you want to add the external link. Click Edit in the navigation bar page options. This will open the editing window.
  3. In the editing window, type the text you want to create the link with. Remember, this should help the users understand what they will find by clicking on the link.
  4. Using your mouse, position your cursor in front of the text you just typed. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the cursor across the text until it is highlighted.
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  5. On the editing toolbar, click the hyperlink icon. It looks like a tiny globe/earth with two chain links in front of it.
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  6. After clicking the hyperlink icon, the "Link" window will open.
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  7. At the top of the "Link" window, locate the "Link" box. Here you will type or paste the url or website to which you want to link. The website must begin with "http://" or "https://" for the link to work correctly.
  8. Once the correct url or website appears in the "Link" box, click OK to save the link in the editing window. 
  9. The text that you highlighted in step 4 will now appear blue in the editing window.
  10. Save your changes by scrolling down using the outside scroll-bar until you locate the Save page button located below the editing window.
  11. After clicking Save page, you will be able to click on the newly created link to another website.


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