Links, Writing & Editing

WordPress Editor » Add Links in the Editor

A link is a word, a group of words, or an image that you can click on to go to a new page. This guide will show you how to create links on your site.

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There are a couple of ways to add links to some text in pages, posts, and anywhere else that you normally edit text.

A GIF demonstrating the link button
A GIF demonstrating the link button
  1. Copy the URL you want to use to your computer’s clipboard.
    • You can do this by highlighting a URL, then right-clicking it and choosing Copy, or by using a keyboard shortcut like CTRL + C (PC) or CMD + C (Mac).
  2. In your page or post, highlight the text you want to add a link to.
  3. A toolbar will appear directly above the text. Click the link icon that looks like the link of a chain.
  4. Paste the URL into the window that appears.
  5. Click the arrow or press return/enter on your keyboard to save the link.

You can also search for a page or post on your site in the link search field by starting to type the title of the page or post. As long as the page or post is published (and not a draft) it will appear here to select. You can then click on that page or post to insert that link:

GIF showing the process of searching for existing pages to link to
Searching for existing pages to link to
Method Two: Copy and Paste
  1. Copy the URL you want to link to your computer’s clipboard.
    • You can do this by highlighting a URL, then right-clicking it and choosing Copy, or by using a keyboard shortcut like CTRL + C (PC) or CMD + C (Mac).
  2. In your page or post, highlight the text you want to link.
  3. Paste the URL you copied directly over the highlighted text. You can do this by right-clicking and choosing Paste or by using a keyboard shortcut like CTRL + V (PC) or CMD + V (Mac).
GIF showing how to paste a link over text in the editor
How to paste a link over text in the editor

This will automatically create a link. The highlighted text will now appear underlined and blue to let you know that it is linked.

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If you want to change the text on a link that’s already on your site, you can follow these steps:

  1. When editing the page or post, click on the link once.
  2. Select the pencil icon that appears.
  3. Change the URL in the box to the new link.
  4. Click the arrow or press return/enter on your keyboard to save the link.
GIF showing how to edit an existing link
Editing a link

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If you want to remove a link that’s on your site, you can follow these steps:

  1. When editing the page or post, click on the link once.
  2. Click the link icon from the toolbar (it looks like a link from a chain) and the link will be instantly removed.
GIF showing how to delete a link
Deleting a link

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To set your link to open in a new browser tab:

  1. Add a link to your text as described above.
  2. Click on the link you’ve added and toggle the button for “Open in new tab” as shown in the image below:
Open a link in a new tab
Open a link in a new tab

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If you want someone to click on an image to be taken to another page, follow these steps:

  1. Insert an image to any page or post using the Image Block.
  2. Click on the image once and a toolbar will appear directly above it.
  3. Select the link icon (it looks like a link from a chain.)
  4. A box will pop up where you can paste your link directly or search your existing site content to link to.
Linking an image
Linking an image
  1. [Optional] You can set that link to open in a new tab by clicking on the link settings arrow and turning on “Open in New Tab”.
Setting an image link to open in a new tab
Setting an image link to open in a new tab
  1. Once you’ve added your link, you can hit the return/edit button on your keyboard to apply it.

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Blogroll

A blog roll is a list of links to your favorite blogs or sites. If you want to add a list of links on your site, you can do so by adding a Paragraph block, a List block, or a Navigation block.

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Linking Images in the Classic Editor

If you are using the Classic Editor, you can insert a link on text or an image by following these steps:

  1. Highlight the text or click on the image you wish to add a link to.
  2. Click the link icon in the toolbar (it looks like an actual link from a chain):
Linking an image in the Classic Editor
Linking an image in the Classic Editor
  1. In the pop-up box that appears, you will see a space for you to enter the URL you want to link to:
  1. You can search existing content on your site or paste a URL in this box. If you click the gear/ cog settings icon, you will be able to check a box to make your link open in a new tab when clicked.
  2. Click the arrow or press return/enter on your keyboard to save the link.

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