Given that this site is now running on a new platform (WordPress) there’s some new functionality in comments. hopefully you’ve already seen, and maybe even used the comments subscription function to keep up with conversations that you’re involved in. But what I want to write to you about now is the use of links in comments.
With this new platform you now have the ability to insert live links into comments. I’ll show you how to do that in a neat and tidy way in a moment.
First, you should know that any comment with more than one link present in it will go into the moderation queue. This is a spam-prevention strategy. If the clocks in the sidebar show that it’s daytime here then I’ll most likely get around to approving the comment in quick time. Please note that the two-link limit includes any URL that you might insert to go with your name.
Some people have already posted links in comments just by cutting and pasting the URL into the comment. This looks pretty ugly and if it’s a long link then there’s a chance it’ll go behind the sidebar.
So here’s how you can post links in comments just like I do it on the main page of the site. Let’s say I want to post a link behind the words ‘I don’t like these cars’. The link is http://www.bmw.com.au
Here’s what you need to write to get that working:
(a href=”http://www.bmw.com.au”)I don’t like these cars(/a)
Where I’ve got parentheses there, you need to exchange those for < and >.
What you’d end up with is:
It’s quite easy when you get the hang of it and it looks a lot better to have the link in your text rather than as a big, ugly URL.