External hyperlinks

Before we get into creating an external hyperlink, let's look at the difference between an internal hyperlink and an external hyperlink:

Internal hyperlinks

Internal hyperlinks are used to create links to pages or documents within the same site (i.e. PDF documents).


  • You will note when creating an internal hyperlink, there is no "internal" class selection.
  • To link to a PDF document, it must already be uploaded to your site's docs folder which is in the assets folder. Remember, when creating a link to a PDF document, select the "PDF" class. This will put a document icon next to the link.

External hyperlinks

External hyperlinks are used to create links to pages that exist on external websites or other UVic sites.


  • When creating external hyperlinks, remember to select the "external" class. This will put an icon next to the link that looks like an arrow bouncing off a page.
  • The URL for the link should include the full "https://".

To create an external hyperlink:

  1. Navigate the desired page and click on Edit.
  2. Select and highlight the text you wish to hyperlink.

    highlight text
  3. Click on the chainlink icon in the WYSIWYG editor.

    click on chain link icon
  4. Select External and enter the full URL link in the box provided.

    Note: Check the link carefully to ensure it does not have https://cms.uvic.ca in the URL: 


    If it does, then you are actually linking to an internal page within the Cascade system. For creating an internal hyperlink (to a page within your site) see the Internal hyperlinks tutorial.

    select external
  5. Select External under Class and then click OK.

    select external class