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  • #1923050

    arboristbob
    Member

    I tried to add two links to my latest blog by hitting link on the dashboard, then pasting in the URL but it’s not showing up in the blog at ALL. What’s going on? How do I fix this?

    The blog I need help with is arboristbob.wordpress.com.

    #1923139

    kokkieh
    Staff

    The “Link” on the dashboard is to add links to your blogroll, not to your post.

    Links in posts are added using the link button in the toolbar. See here for more info: http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/

    #1923349

    arboristbob
    Member

    Ok, two new questions.
    What is a blogroll?
    Where is the toolbar?

    #1923350

    arboristbob
    Member

    I did this previously and it didn’t work.

    #1923351

    raincoaster
    Member

    http://www.commoncraft.com/what-blogroll-why-would-i-want-one-4

    The Links toolbar is on the Links page of your dashboard.

    #1923352

    arboristbob
    Member

    Thanks, I finally got one link to work – but it stays gray like all the other print on the page. Isn’t it supposed to show up as a different color, at least a bold black?
    Secondly, installing the second link and then clicking on it led to a 404 Error and couldn’t find the page. This happened twice. What is causing that?

    #1923353

    kokkieh
    Staff

    The link colour is determined by your theme. Some themes allow you to change it. If you have that option, it will be under Appearance ->Theme Options. Otherwise you should be able to change it manually by highlighting the anchor text and clicking on the font colour icon in the toolbar.

    A 404 error generally means you’re linking to a URL that doesn’t exist, usually because you made a mistake when entering the URL. I checked your most recent post. The first link is fine, but in the second you left out the “:” after “http” (Note, I’m referring to the link URL, not the anchor text. Read here for more information on the difference: http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2014/05/22/relevant-anchor-text-matters/)

    #1923357

    arboristbob
    Member

    I studied the reference. I didn’t leave out the : anywhere so I don’t understand what you are talking about. I still get the “404 Page can’t be found” and I entered it exactly the same way I did the first one!

    #1923358

    arboristbob
    Member

    I finally figured it out. I just copied and pasted the URL. That put http in there twice because Word Press alread has http typed in. Weird.

    Now I have a new problem. I wrote in the Title but it doesn’t show up, just the link dump.

    #1923359

    kokkieh
    Staff

    You have to write the anchor text in the post, not in the pop-up. The second text box in the pop-up isn’t the anchor text, that’s the tooltip for the link, i.e. the words that will appear if someone hovers their mouse pointer over the link without clicking.

    Write and highlight the anchor text in the post.

    Then you click the link icon.

    Paste the link in the pop-up that appears in the box marked URL. If “http://” appears twice, delete one.

    You can leave the second text box blank.

    Click create link.

    #1923361

    arboristbob
    Member

    Thank you k for all your detailed help suggestions !
    Pasting the anchor text in the pop-up works fine – AFTER I found and eliminated the extra http://.
    Ohhh, I see that hovering over the link is what brings up the key word description for the link – but I see other blogs where it shows up in the text that way as you’re reading along, which looks more professional. Is it possible to do that with Word Press?
    Now how do I change the color of the link in Word Press?

    #1923362

    kokkieh
    Staff

    but I see other blogs where it shows up in the text that way as you’re reading along, which looks more professional.

    I’m not sure to what you’re referring here.

    Anchor text refers to the text you’re linking from. For example, click the link to see the links support doc. “the links support doc” is the anchor text as the URL is “anchored” to it.

    In the pop-up you paste the URL in the first box, and in the second you can add a description that will display as a tooltip, i.e. a bubble containing text when you hover over the link.

    As for the link colour, as I said above it is determined by your theme. Some themes allow you to change it. If you have that option, it will be under Appearance ->Theme Options. Otherwise you should be able to change it manually by highlighting the anchor text and clicking on the font colour icon in the toolbar. http://en.support.wordpress.com/editors/styling-individual-posts-and-pages/#changing-the-default-font-size-and-color

    #1923363

    arboristbob
    Member

    Thanks k.
    I know what is meant by anchor link. What I’m saying is that in other blogs and articles on the web, one doesn’t have to hover over it to get the key words to show up, they are just printed there. That’s what I’d like to be able to do. Can you do it with Word Press?
    I haven’t been able to find the Appearance link you mentions.
    And i don’t have a toolbar to change any colors when I’m editing.

    #1923364

    kokkieh
    Staff

    in other blogs and articles on the web, one doesn’t have to hover over it to get the key words to show up, they are just printed there.

    If you can give a URL of a website where this appears I can look at it and tell you if it’s possible or not.

    I haven’t been able to find the Appearance link you mention

    It is in the same menu on your dashboard where the Settings, Users, Posts, Pages, Stats, and everything else is.

    And i don’t have a toolbar to change any colors when I’m editing

    Yes, you do. It is in the post editor. That area with the buttons for bold, italic, underline, inserting links, etc. is called a toolbar. It also contains a button for font color.

    #1923366

    arboristbob
    Member

    Thanks very much K.
    As an example, see http://www.oneilstreeservice.com go 80% of the way down the page and you’ll see a blue link not showing the URL but just the title Tree Service Reviews.
    The other problem was fixed by Word Press. They changed something, might have been reading my notes and suddenly all my links are in blue automatically!

    #1923367

    timethief
    Member

    This site http://www.oneilstreeservice.com/ is NOT hosted by WordPress.COM and not support ut can be found for it here at all.
    oneilstreeservice.com is hosted by DreamHost
    Name Servers:
    ns1.dreamhost.com
    ns2.dreamhost.com
    ns3.dreamhost.com

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate and different http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    All support for that site is provided at http://wordpress.ORG/support/

    If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

    #1923368

    timethief
    Member

    Sorry about the idiotic
    ” and not support ut can be found for it here at all.”
    That should have been:
    and no support can be found for it here at all.

    #1923369

    kokkieh
    Staff

    @aboristbob
    That’s using anchor text correctly, as I’ve been trying to explain to you. Follow the instructions in this support doc: http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/

    @timethief
    He supplied a link to that website as an example of what he’s trying to do.

    #1923371

    arboristbob
    Member

    Thanks time thief. I must have been logged in to the wrong account.

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