This question concerns when to use which link from the "link to this article" at the bottom of the page.
Under what circumstances do you use the URL, and under what other circumstances do you use the long link that starts out with the "a-href.." bit... ???
I do not understand the difference between the two, if they both point to the same article. Thank you.
There are three options there, Option one is the referral tracker Link. If you were to have this in a blog or on your website, and someone used this toi access Hubpages, and then joined, you get the referral and 10% of their page hits. The second option is the Text that will be shown if you use the referral tracker link. The third option is the actual HTML code you can paste in a blog, website or even some comment pages, that will simply look like you see it there. The last option is the HTML code with the text display built in like the first one, byt does not include the code for the referral.
Oh--because I tried the one that started with the "a href..." bit....and it showed up just as it was--with only the actual computer language for the link, but no text or info about the hub at all....I don't know what that one is for, or where it would actually work. Is that something you'd put on FaceBook, for example?
You're dealing with a tech-dummy, here...
If you had a blog or a website and wanted to link to that hub, you would copy the "a href" code as is and paste it into the HTML code of your website where you wanted the link to appear!
OH...so, you'd actually have to know how to work in HTML, and find the right place to put that link, then...that means that's not the one I'd use, then...all I know of HTML is how to do bold, italic, underline, and font sizes and colors...IF the editor allows you to use "plain English" color commands; I don't know hex codes....
So, I guess I just use the referral tracker link, then, or the URL from the address bar. Thanks for the clarification.
Sometimes in blogs like wordpress, you can add a widget that allows for HTML code. When you open that widget, you can paste that little snippet of code in there and save and then the link will appear in your sidebar. For something like that, you wouldn't have to know any HTML
The "a href" version is when you need to paste the link into a site (or section of a site) where you can only use HTML.
All sites are written in HTML but most have an interface which allows us to type (like a word processor) in a capsule or text box, and the site converts it into HTML for us. When we click on a chain link in HubPages or Wordpress or Blogger, we're telling the site that we want it to be a hyperlink, and behind the scenes the "a href" is added.
Sometimes (for instance, in a widget in a blog sidebar), we don't have access to an interface, and we just have to write in HTML code. That's when you would use the a href version.
I have used the tab in blogger to "view" the HTML side...but it is all, as they say, "Greek to me," and I would not presume to know WHERE to stick the "ahref" code...so...I just use the 'add link' icon in the plain English interface.. (as we do here on HP).. and put the URL there....whatever it does in the background, I don't understand, nor care, as long as it works in the end.
Yes, I can imagine it would be all Greek to you, that's why they provide the nice, easy plain English version!
There's really no point even thinking about the HTML version unless you want to do something fancy. Occasionally something might go weird with the layout, and then it's handy to understand the HTML version because you can spot where the code has gone awry (which it does occasionally) and fix it. But for the most part, you're doing entirely the right thing by ignoring it!
Computer language is so tricky and fussy. I remember reading something many, many years ago, when NASA was having some problem with one of the unmanned missions, and they had to comb all through the entire program, (and you can well imagine the volumes of pages such a program would take up), and in the end, found the problem was nothing more than a missing comma!
That's why I won't mess with that side of things...because I don't know what I'm doing, and it can be so easy to really foul something up royally....
DZYMsLizzy: I figured it out a week or so ago. If you have a long HTML code, you go to your place for writing post on blogger. Click the HTML and add your code, you can even move down a few spots and simply type in whatever you want to, and then save it. Everything, even your text converts to HTML if you open that page back up.
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