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The One Line of Code Every Commenter Should Know

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Because I ask you guys to share links in the comments so often, I decided it's high time I teach you how to embed them. This makes it much, MUCH easier on the rest of us, since we can just click your text to visit the site in question, plus it eliminates those huge paragraphs of insanely long web links.

Now, don't worry; even if you know *nothing* about html, this is easy. Promise.

Here goes:

Let's say I want to make the words "my blog" a link to Epbot. Meaning my final product would look like this: my blog.

Here's what I have to write:

<a href="http://www.Epbot.com">my blog</a>

And that's it! See? Told you it wasn't hard.

So, here's your cheat sheet:

<a href="LINK ADDRESS">MY TEXT</a>

I suggest copying that down on a Post-it and sticking it to your monitor until you have it memorized.

Happy commenting!

UPDATE : Ack! Thanks for the heads up, guys: I forgot the "http" in my link above. Der whoops.

Posted by Jen at 3:21 PM Labels:

75 comments:

  1. Can I tell you? I use that line of code ALL THE TIME, and every single time I still have to look it up. No idea why, but it won't stick in my head.

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  2. Just FYI (in case you don't already know), there's a Star Wars sale on Zazzle (30% off all Star Wars products, code: STARWARSSALE). :P

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  3. SWEET! I've always wondered how people did that, I assumed it was magic that I was deemed not worthy to know. Can't wait to try it out.

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  4. I'm ok with you teaching folks this one, but for the love of robots, never teach anyone how to make their text blink!

    ~E

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  5. True story:

    While reading your post, I got to the cheat sheet part, immediately wrote it on a post it, stuck it on my laptop by the mousepad thingy, and then read the last sentence...where you suggested doing exactly that.

    Kind of creepy, actually.

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  6. If you didn't already know that, are you still geeky enough to be reading this blog? :)

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  7. thanks for sharing this, Jen. It's a simple bit of HTML that everyone online should know, right along with how to make things bold and italicized, and more importantly, how to turn off bold and italics.

    And so, to demonstrate what we've all learned here today, I'm going to share with you mypersonal HTML cheat sheet.

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  8. Thanks so much! I am such a computer dunce. I always wondered how people did that.

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  9. And if it's not working, check those nasty quotations, that's usually what's missing :-)

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  10. OK, I'm going to practice. This is where I work

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  11. I've always wondered how to do that! SWEET! Love this blog and Cakewrecks as well, BTW...you give me a chuckle everyday!!
    Nicole

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  12. Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to use on my blog as well. :)

    Kelly

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  13. I think that was the first bit of html I went and made sure to look up when I started my blog and had to leave the link all over!

    Rosalind
    Girls Are Geeks

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  14. Is this your oh so subtle way of telling people to get with the times? hahahaha

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  15. Let's test this out here....

    I often frequent <a href="www.facebook.com>Facebook</a>

    sooo.... did it work??

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  16. Oh thank you thank you thank you!!! I have been trying to figure this out forever for posting my recipes in a weekly menu site!! Thank you!!

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  17. O.k. I'll try it:
    TYE

    This is a link to Terrible Yellow Eyes a blog that has tribute art for Where the Wild Things Are.

    If it works, check it out.

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  18. Thanks for the info Jen, It would make my day if you were to take a peek at MY TEXT. Have a happy day...

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  19. eee gads, I think I screwed that up. do we put the words we want to use as the link, for instance "my blog" in where it says MYTEXT ?

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  20. Hey Jen!
    Didn't know if anyone told you, but your pic of the (Or)Lando shirt was featured here on So Much Pun!

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  21. Your link doesn't work. Nor do a few here in the comments. "https://www.blogger.com/" or something similar is in front of the actual site addresses.

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  22. Okay, I'll try it, but I'm an HTML hopeless...How about a steampunk Dalek? Forgive me if I didn't do it right!

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  23. Thanks for the heads up.
    I thought I'd share with you something awesome you're going to wish you have from the Star Wars weekend. [if it makes you feel any better, we couldn't go to the con.]

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  24. i get to show u something awesome and embed WIN
    Steampunk Keyboard

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  25. You are awesome! I never knew how to do that! Thanks!

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this. I've wanted to know how to do that for so long and I'm so excited to finally know.

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  27. I love HTML and learned a bunch of it when I started keeping a LiveJournal back in 2003. Even my boyfriend, who works in IT, says he's amazed at how many codes I have memorized.

    It's so cute seeing people get all excited about this. : )

    WV: testios - Aww, look at all these commenters posting HTML testios!

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  28. Good catch on the http:// bit. Relative vs absolute links are tricky.
    Am I the only one that has to say "hurreph" in my head when I type the hyper reference part?
    Cheers to @Miss B re: blinking text. :D

    PS I ordered my D23 Expo 2011 tix today!!!!!

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  29. Cool, thanks! I'm gonna try it here

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  30. Thank you so much for the html lesson! Like many other's I'm going to give it a try with something I enjoy!

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  31. you can also add "target=_blank" in there (I don't remember where, you'll have to Google it) to make it open automatically in a new window.

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  32. Yes, yes, yes, but you forgot to mention that the easiest thing to do is copy and paste. :) (with Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v, of course) I have an imagine now of all these people with post-it notes on their computers, squinting to read if it's a "</, and taking 5+ minutes, etc., etc. :)

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  33. ok...it didn't work! but i don't know what i'm doing wrong :( i've wanted to know how to do that FOREVER! dang it.

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  34. well, in that case, here is a link to some cute steampunk wedding cake toppers i found when googling today. Could almost be Princess Leia with the buns......

    steampunk cake topper

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  35. Don't mind me. This is just a test.
    polymathamy

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  36. Jen, have you seen this?
    I MUST have this in my office. Must. Seemed like something you'd enjoy. :)

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  37. Thanks for teaching us that! Now I'll give it a try....

    This website (in addition to Cake Wrecks and Epbot, of course!) gives me a daily smile. :)

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  38. I will test your advice with these Star Wars Portraits. How'd I do?

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  39. just wanted to make sure you knew about this. there are a couple of things i'd like to make...

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  40. Okay so I'm using this code to leave you a link to some steam punk starwars, double whammy right?

    steampunkstarwars

    I really hope I did that right...

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  41. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3...

    hopefully this works
    check it out if it does, should be an interesting comic

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  42. I thought about embedding the link the one time I've shared one, but some comment platforms are very very angry about code they don't support.

    I also spend more of my time with bbcode lately so I have to stop myself from using brackets :)

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  43. Well, in that case, please visit Amazing Cakes by Vanessa! to see the cakes I made last week, and some tributes to my favorite cake artists, as well as a photo of Jen I took in Tempe (if you go back in the archives to June 22. Thanks, Jen! I have had trouble with that, but I have figured out how to embed links with the Blogspot button. Being able to embed links into comments is a very useful thing.

    --Vanessa!

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  44. Jen, this is making me feel stupid! I'm going to cry... I really want to do this but I can't make it work!
    What am I doing wrong? I've checked that I'm following your instructions over and over and it just won't work!

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  45. So I am going to try it right now... papiervalise

    think you will enjoy this site (that is if you haven't seen it).

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  46. Just want to try it out:

    Check out this video!!!

    Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom.... I can't get that out of my head!!!

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  47. Let me try it out as well with this.

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  48. Jen, I just discovered epbot. Been reading CW for about six months now. I feel a little bit disappointed in myself that I just discovered your blog.

    At any event, I notice you like jewelry. Well, this is one of my favorite sites to peruse. Haven't bought anything yet - there's too many pretty things to decide!

    Vagabond jewelry

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  49. I am a graduate teacher's assistant, helping to get ready for classes starting tomorrow. I was putting some homework assignments up online and discovered that I needed to hyperlink a few things....guess what I read right before getting to work? That's right, checking up on Epbot! So, Thanks Jen, for knowing what I needed even before I did :)

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  50. Whoops, my link didn't work! Considering the last post, I think I'll try again! This picture of my little goat, Walnut, is worth it! He's hopping like Pepe Le Pu!

    Brace Yourself For the Cute!

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  51. I have a 'cheat sheet' saved in word with all these little html thingys in it. I know just about enough html to be dangereous!

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  52. Thank you! I have been asking and askong people to share with me how to do this.

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  53. Okay, here we go (I'm very nervous):

    link

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  54. learn something new every day! Thank you!

    Adorkable!

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  55. I just started reading your blog yesterday - and I already love you. Thanks so much for this! ^_^

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  56. And you can always get fancy and add the TITLE attribute so there's a nifty little tooltip that pops up when a reader hovers over the link you've provided to a web site like, oh say 2Dolphins.

    See what I did there? ;)

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  57. Ann, thank you telling us about Terrible Yellow Eyes because it's awesome!

    (And Jen, love your blogs!)

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  60. Don't know if you ever wanted to be a viking maiden, but this is from the Met Opera:
    http://www.metoperashop.org/product/detail/1117.aspx

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  61. okay, thanks jen! here's a pic of
    My favorite animal

    -your 12 year old reader kate

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Please be respectful when commenting; dissenting opinions are great, but personal attacks or hateful remarks will be removed. Also, including a link? Then here's your html cheat sheet: <a href="LINK ADDRESS">YOUR TEXT</a>

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