How to Create a Hyperlink

By Peter Mitchell

One of the most common uses for hyperlinks is on HTML web pages. When a user clicks a hyperlink it redirects the Internet browser to a new page within the site or to another website. The standard appearance of a web hyperlink is blue underlined text. However, there are no restrictions as to what a hyperlink can look like. Colors and font sizes can be changed through your design code. Images can even be used as hyperlinks.

Step 1

Open up the page to which you want to add the HTML link. Right-click on the file and select "Open with." Choose "Notepad" or "Wordpad." This should open the HTML file in a text editor.

Step 2

Find the place on the page where you want the hyperlink to appear. For example, if you want to position the link within a paragraph, locate the word in the paragraph that you want to turn into a hyperlink.

Step 3

Decide where you want to direct the link. For example, let's say you want people to reach when they click the link. Decide on the words you want to display for the link itself. For example, let's opt for "How to do do just about everything."

Step 4

Add the following code at your chosen point: How to do do just about everything. . Replace the ehow link with your destination link and the text before the code with your preferred text. This is now a hyperlink.

Step 5

Include only the page name and the forward slash for hyperlinks within your own site. For example, to link to a contact page for a site called, add in the appropriate part of your hyperlink. This will direct the user to

Step 6

Save your work and close the file. Upload the file to your host account using your chosen FTP (file transfer protocol) software. Try the hyperlink out live on your site to ensure it's working as intended.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure you add the "http://" section before any external URL. If you leave it out, the browser will assume that the link points to a sub-page on your site.