Page linkage

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How do I make a menu item a link to another page not of my own?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi tss91

It is possible to do this with a little bit of HTML. Try the following:
1) Create a new page with the name of the site you want to link to
2) Drag and Drop an HTML widget onto your page
3) paste this tag over the default tags in the HTML editor:
<!--
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=http://webdesign.about.com">
-->

"2" is how many seconds it waits before it redirects

"url" is the url it redirects to, so replace the url in the above tag with the one for the site you want to link to.

I hope this works for you. Get back to me if you have any difficulty with this.

Greetings
Monique
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tss91

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I am very new so could you walk me through step by step?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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leave out the< !-- and -- >(just added that to stop Get Satisfaction not to try to interpret the code)
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tss91

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oh ok didn't see up there that you change it I will let you know if it works
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Ok, let's break it down

Step one:
1) Create a new page. Do this by clicking on the "New Page" icon - the third one from the left above the SynthaSite tabs
2) You will be prompted to give your page a name. Give it the name of the site you want to link to. This will automatically add a link to the menu
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tss91

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i got it to work but it still opens a new page before it links. Is there a way to get it to go right to the link so no one sees the page?
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Step 2:
1) Drag and drop an HTML widget from the sidebar on the right onto your page (between the two column layout widget and the file widget)
2) An HTML editor will open up automatically
3) Copy and Paste this into the HTML editor
<!--
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=http://webdesign.about.com">
-->
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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leave out the < !-- and -- >
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Step 3:

1) In place of "http://webdesign.about.com" type in the URL of the site you want to link to
2) In the HTML editor, click "ok"
3) To test that it is working, save your page and preview it.
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tss91

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It was working but now nothing happens
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tss91

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Is there another way? I just can't seem to get it to work right.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Did you manage to do all the steps I sent you?

If you have done everything the easiest would be if you could publish your site and send me the URL so that I can take a look. Click on "Publish" and you will be taken through all the steps to publish your site.

You can always unpublish it again afterwards.
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tss91

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Your site is way better than freewebs.com, but even they had an option to make a menu item a link to another page.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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I am glad you like SynthaSite. Unfortunately we don't have this feature yet, so I have to try to help you do it with code. Try the following:
1) log in to your account and open your site
2) click on the Help menu
3) click on "contact support" - fill in the form and send it to me
This will give me the information I need to help you to get it working.
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Nevermind, I was leaving those symbols in there and that was doing it. but here is the link and you can see for yourself how it goes to the page then goes to the other page. Just click on vUSAF. I would really like it to instantly go to the vUSAF webpage.

http://391fs.synthasite.com/
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Well done! You got it working perfectly. The code I gave you is redirecting from your site to that other site. If you want it to look like it is going straight there you can reduce the time interval. Instead of 2 you could make it 1
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tss91

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I have it set to 0, but it still pauses
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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That is the best I can do for now, I am afraid. Hopefully in future we can add a feature that will do this for you.
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tss91

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ok, well thanks for your time. I could have never done that on my own.

Thanks
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Just a quick tip if you get frustrated with the loading before redirection.

To make it seem a bit more "professional" and intentional just add:

"You are being redirected to "YOURBLOG", if it takes to long
<!-- <a href="http://yourblog.com">click here</a>." -->

You can post that directly into the same html document where you posted the original meta code. Remove <!-- and -->

Example

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the tip, lcd!
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Sorry, last reply, make sure you completely setup the redirection page exactly as you want it, before you input the meta code.

If you try to edit the page after the meta code was saved it will redirect to your blog etc, and you won't be able to edit it again.
:-)
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LCD is correct. I've tried adding this code, and I wanted to make a change to it, yet it won't allow me to even work on it. When I try to work on it, it just activates inside the yola work screen for the new page directing me right out of the yola page editor, not even letting me have time to fix it and then click "save". The "save" isn't even activating at all. http:hopefrombeyond.yolasite.com is my website. I had to delete the whole page and redo it.

(I also wish that Yola had an external link capability as does Tripod.)
Thank you,

LillyHFB
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Yes this happenend to me too once. What you have to do is be quick and click on edit html as soon as it loads. Then change the time.
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I'm sorry to hear that you had to delete your page in order to make the changes. Here's a couple of tips:

1. Before adding your redirect code, do a "save page as" of the page you are wanting to add this code. Give this a new name. This way, you have a backup should your first attempt not work. You can rename to the original name to overwrite it or you can delete this page if the original page worked.

2. Change the seconds to a longer delay (content="2;) to ensure that it redirects the way you like, then you can decrease this time once you've determined it's set up the way you'd like.
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Thank you so much, Littleus and Connor! I appreciate both your helpful ideas.

I'll implement the changes.

Thanks,
LillyHFB
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the code works...the saving of the page does not work...would like to use this code till you guys add in a way to put up links like this...it really should be in.

it is driving me crazy trying to catch the page before it goes and saving just keeps loading for me.
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Hello Nadine,
You might want to increase the time of the redirect, make it like 5 seconds so that you can quickly delete the HTML widget with the code in it when you want to edit the page. Make sure that you have the code saved in a file so that when you are ready you can put another HTML widget onto the page and paste the code into it.

When you say "saving just keeps loading", can you try a few things for me and then give it another try:

1. Clear your browser's cache. This link has more information: Clear your browser's cache.

4. Try loading the site in a different browser (eg. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer). We would suggest using the Firefox browser as this browser seems to work best in the Yola environment. It is a free download if you would like to give it a try: Download Firefox.

Let us know how this goes for you.
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adding the 5 did the trick was able to save the page before it got redirect..going to keep it at 5 lol thanks...