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How to Add a Hyperlink to WordPress

There are two ways to insert a hyperlink into a WordPress site. In this post, I will be teaching you both.

Way #1 Blogroll

One way is by adding a link to the blogroll. This puts a link on the sidebar on every page on your site. You will need to have a blogroll widget somewhere in your site for this to work.

Blogrolls are becoming outdated so don’t make this your primary link space. Use the text of your website instead.

Way #2 Inline Hyperlink

The better way is to insert the link into a post. Typing out a domain like www.ThomasUmstattd.com without making it a link is unprofessional.

The better way is to make the text link directly. So instead of putting www.ThomasUmstattd.com you would put Thomas Umstattd. People know that blue text = a hyperlink.

How to insert a link in WordPress:

    1. Go to the web page you want to link to.
    2. Copy the URL. It should start with “http://”
    3. Write the text you want to be a hyperlink. It is good to be descriptive and avoid the phrase “click here”
    4. Select the text.
    5. Click the make link button in WordPress. It looks like this Insert-Link
    6. Paste the URL from step one into the link field.
      It looks like this:
      Hyperlink-Wordpress-Window
    7. Then click insert.

Your link should turn blue like other links around the web. You can also use a WordPress Hotkey to insert the link.

That’s it! If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below.

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About Thomas Umstattd

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the CEO of Castle Media Group the parent company of Author Media. You can follow him on Twitter @ThomasUmstattd. and on Google+ He loves helping people use technology to change the world.

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32 Responses to How to Add a Hyperlink to WordPress

  1. Doing links in WordPress will happen about 80% of the time you use WordPress. This is some of the basic concepts of WordPress that you need to know. Good Post!

    I manage a Tutorial series that focus on basic topics at http://www.runningwordpress.net

    I’m glad that there’s still people like you who promotes the use of WordPress.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks, easy to do with good directions.

  3. MD #

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post

  4. ha! thanks, I couldn’t figure this out the other day. :)

  5. tom #

    WHat do I do if the link tab is shaded out? Thanks

    • Vestitorul #

      You probably haven’t selected the text (that you want to apply your hyperlink to) before clicking on the button.

  6. Can you explain how to link to a page in the wordpress site without the page showing up as a tab?
    Thank you.

  7. HUGE help! I had been struggling with this, and now I can link as I please.

  8. Thank you! It seems very obvious now that I’ve done it.

  9. thanks.i figured it out

  10. Perfect!!

  11. The link button is shaded out in the visual screen. In the text screen I can click on it but it doesn’t work. I paste the HTML address in and write a word or two for title, and I see the coding in my text but when I hit update, and then view my page, the link/title isn’t there, the word is just missing. I have been trying to figure this out for months…

  12. Shelley #

    So simple that I now feel like a biffa! Thanks for this :)

  13. Hi

    Thank you very much for the details.. It is a great help.. Really appreciate it… :)

  14. Thanks so much! Your post really helped with my hyperlink situation.

  15. Michelle #

    I recently had someone set up a website using WordPress. In the website we have a directory of professionals who need to have their websites linked on our site. We have been told that this is impossible, and that word press does not have the code to do such a job. I am finding myself baffled by the response. Can you help?

  16. Thanks for the tips. Can we put a tag directly in text part.

  17. Thanks for these instructions, I so happy to find them. However, if I want to use a link from Amazon.com the link is not correct. I think I’m suppose to take a portion of the link out but i don’t know exactly how the link should should read.

    • Thomas Umstattd #

      You need to link only to the URL. It starts with http:// you don’t want any ” in the URL.

  18. Brian #

    Thanks for this information….Is there a process to a bulk way to add 50-100 links at a time without having to create one link at a time in WordPress….example would be a webpage of reference links? Something like….

    – a copy & paste operation from an Excel spreadsheet that would include Link | Description?
    – a plug-in
    – a tool or process

  19. Thanks so much. Couldn’t figure out I had to highlight first before the link button would work!

    • Thomas Umstattd #

      Scott did you add the closing tag? < / a > “no spaces”

  20. How do I add a hyperlink in WordPress that references text within the same blog post?

    For example, at the beginning of a baking post I’ll write: Recipe for Cake at end of post. Then usually I’ll type up a bit about my experience before posting the recipe. Is there a way in WordPress to link directly down to the recipe at the bottom of the page?

    I remember doing this years ago with an html editor, but am not sure how to apply it to WordPress.

    Thanks!

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  24. Thanks for this.
    I was wondering how to link to my website when I reply to someone. Does WordPress let you do that?

  25. Actually we are adding normal html link code into our author box for a client and it isn’t showing up in the bio box on articles, even the source code doesn’t register the code: Link text

    Any ideas?

    • The bio box is HTML only so you need to paste in the code itself not what you see in the visual editor.

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