When you add a link on your website, you’re probably linking to another web page. But did you know links are good for way more than that? Links can also cause certain apps on your computer or mobile device to take direct actions. Here are 4 creative link ideas to help you do more with your links.
1. Tweet with a link
You can use a link to auto-fill a tweet for someone who clicks on it. Here is an example. Use this URL in your links to add it to your site:
http://twitter.com/home?status=Put your message here
Note that hashtags will not work in these links because the # symbol in a link references a specific location on a web page known as an anchor point.
2. Add an event to a calendar
An .ics file can be used to add an event directly to Outlook, Apple’s Calendar app, or a mobile phone calendar. Use this event generator to create an .ics file, upload it to your website, and then link to the file. When someone clicks it, they’ll be presented with the option to save the event to their calendar.
3. Create a Back button
This trick is slightly more complicated than the others, but you can create a custom link that functions just like the Back button on your browser.
<a href="#" onclick="history.back(-1)">Back</a>
You can change the word “Back” to anything you want it to say. Once you’ve pasted in this code, you can switch back to the WordPress visual editor.
4. Create a direct point of contact
Several apps allow you to create a link that, when clicked, will contact you directly. Use these URLs, replacing italicized words with your information:
mailtois not recommended, as spam bots target these. If you decide to use one anyway, use a plus sign instead of a space in the subject.)
- Phone call:
tel:number(Note: Be sure to include the plus sign and your country code, and don’t use hyphens. For example, 1 (800) 123-4567 would use +18001234567.)
- Text message:
sms:number&body=message(Note: The same rules for phone numbers apply here.)
skype:YourSkypeName?call(Note: You can also use
skype:YourSkypeName?addto allow someone to add you to their Skype contacts instead of calling you.)
- FaceTime (for iOS/Mac):
facetime:number(Note: The same rules for phone numbers apply here. You can also use your Apple ID email address.)