Adding Links

You will first need to be logged in via the /user page. For example, the following link would be used on this site:

There are two ways you can add a link to your content on the website:

  • Adding a Call to Action (CTA) Link block
  • Adding a text link

To add via CTA block

First you will need the direct URL you are linking to.

Add a CTA Link block to the website. Name it, uncheck title, paste in the URL, and add in the Link Text (this is what will show up on the link itself).

Click "Add Block" to save.

CTA link editing interface with fields for link URL, text, icons, and classes

To add via text link

Open the block you want to change for editing (configure).

Highlight the text you want to be a link and click on the “link” icon (it looks like a little chain).

This will pop up a window for you to search:

Drupal 8 screenshot demonstrating the URL search field

You can do one of two things here:

  1. Start typing in the name of the content (page or document) that you want to add – use this option if it is something saved on your website

  2. Paste in the URL:
    1. For external webpages, type https://websitename.type. You must include "https://" for external sites. Otherwise the URL will format incorrectly.
      • Example: inputting "" will link as "", which will break the link. This should be entered as "".
    2. For email addresses type
    3. For telephone numbers type tel:+13606501234 where 1234 is the Western extension
Red text reads: Start typing - a List appears. The window doesn't get larger, so you will need to scroll to view them all

Adding CTA classes to links

You may want to style links in a way that stand out or call the user to go to a certain page. These can be styled with our "cta" classes. Examples:

I have a class of cta

I have a class of cta light-green

The block reference page has the CTA link styles available and instructions for adding classes to a CTA link block. To add classes to links in the text editor, you can find the CSS field in the link editor under the "Advanced" section:

Add link editing modal, with the CSS classes field containing "cta large"

Important Note

The window that displays the content does not expand – you will need to scroll to view the content to click on what you want to add.

DO NOT try to click on the sidebar to scroll. It will make the pop-up file list disappear.

REMEMBER to Save Layout!


File Naming Conventions

Drupal does not remove content from this list when we replace it in the Files area. Therefore naming conventions MUST be adhered to, so that you know which the most updated version for linking is.

Drupal 8 screenshot demonstrating the importance of File Naming conventions. Red text reads - This is why NAMING is so important (even though the file has been removed/replaced it still shows on this screen)