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Creating an email link

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Video: Creating an email link

Email links allow users to click on a link and automatically generate an email to the specified address. Dreamweaver makes creating email links incredibly simple and just like most options in the Dreamweaver there are multiple ways to do it. Now before we dive into the specifics of creating email links in Dreamweaver, I want to talk to you for just a moment about the pros and cons of using the techniques that I'm about to show you. The default method of creating email links in Dreamweaver really is just dead simple. It makes giving your users the ability to contact you even easier.

Creating an email link

Email links allow users to click on a link and automatically generate an email to the specified address. Dreamweaver makes creating email links incredibly simple and just like most options in the Dreamweaver there are multiple ways to do it. Now before we dive into the specifics of creating email links in Dreamweaver, I want to talk to you for just a moment about the pros and cons of using the techniques that I'm about to show you. The default method of creating email links in Dreamweaver really is just dead simple. It makes giving your users the ability to contact you even easier.

Dreamweaver is going to insert a link including the text of your choice surrounded by an anchor link that links to the defined email. A simple click from them and they're composing an email to the address of your choice. The downside of this is that if you insert an email link on your page this way spambots are going to find and catalog your email address even faster and your spam filter is really going to receive a workout. To combat this several techniques have evolved and are continuing to evolve actually that hide your email address from spambot. So, now the most effective techniques either use JavaScript or server-side code to process the email link without exposing it to the spambots.

While these techniques are certainly outside the scope of this course, you can easily find full description of how to do that by just going up to Google and doing a quick search. They're certainly worth researching if you plan on having email links in your page. So to experiment with email links I'm going to work in the about.htm page and you can find that in 08_06 folder. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to scroll down a little bit and I can see right here above the Map & Directions I have a line of text. It says, Feel free to email us directly to request a prospective student packet.

So I'm going to highlight the text that says email us and I have a couple of options here when inserting an email link. One, I can just hand code it myself if I want using the Link dialog box. But if I'm not a 100% sure of the syntax all I have to do is go up to the Insert tool bar and hover over the Email Link icon. Now when I click on that it's going to bring up a dialog box and it's going to ask for two things. It's going to say, okay, what do you want to the text to be? Well, since the text was already there, it's sort of pre-populated. But if you don't have the text already on the page you can enter it here. Next is, okay, what email address do you want to send to, and this is going to go to admissions@rouxacadmey.com.

I am going to go ahead and click OK and I'm going to save the file. Now take a look down there in the Link dialog box in our Property Inspector. You can see this is a very different looking link instead of resolving it with HTTP like an absolute link or a path to a page or even a pound (#) symbol like an anchor link we would use this has mail to mailto colon (:) and the email link that you want to send this to and you'll notice there no spaces there. So what will happen is somebody clicks this is it's going launch there email client and they're going to be able to compose an email to you and send it.

That's very helpful, but you want to think about usability here, because one of things about having people contact to you this way is that some people might be hesitant to send you an email, because essentially their email address is now exposed to you. So if it's not that one-on-one relationship that people are looking for, you're better off giving some type of a comment form. Of course, if responding to them is required based upon the correspondence then they're going to have to give you an email address. So there are always two sides to that. Now you can extend this a little bit further as well. For example, notice that this particular email is supposed to be for students that are going to be requesting a prospective student packet.

Well, the email address is just this generic admissions@rouxacademy.com. I'm betting that the admissions account is probably getting hundreds of emails all the time about a number of different things. How is somebody going to sift through all those emails and figure out which ones are requesting student packets? Now it's putting a lot of work on the individual that's on the other end of this particular email account. So what I want to do is I want to give them a little bit of a hand. So what I can do is give down here into the Link dialog box, click right after the word com and type in a question mark (?).

Now this is one of the reasons why you never use punctuation in web addresses or file names, because this is basically a separator and it's telling the user agent that what came before me is an email address what comes after me is an attribute or a value that I want you to use when composing the email. So what we're going to do is we're going to type in subject equals (=) and then inside of that I can type in whatever I want. I'm just going to type in Student Packet and there when I type in the subject line, I can use whatever punctuation or spaces that I want.

Now when I hit Return I'm going to go ahead and save this. So what this is going to do? I'm going to go ahead and test this. I'm going to save the file and preview this in my browser, I am going to scroll down, and now when I click the email us link, it takes me right into composing a new email and you can see right here in the Subject line it says Student Packet. So that actually helps your users a couple of different ways. Number one, it takes the burden of trying to figure out what to title the subject of this email, but number two on the receiving end whoever has this account set up can go ahead and set a filter up on their account so that any email it comes in with the Subject line Student Packet is placed in a separate directory making it a little bit easier for them to fulfill those requests.

So email links are good way to help clients and users get in touch with you, but exposing your email link on the page is a risk that you need to consider before adding them using the default Dreamweaver method. Now keep in mind that you can customize your email links as well for added functionality.

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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