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Why should I use a Links and Lists / Simple Web Links box, rather than a Rich Text box?

I'm moving a lot of links into LibGuides, and pasting into the Rich Text editor is much faster.
Last Updated: May 23, 2012  |  1667 Views

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There are a number of reasons that we recommend using either the "Simple Web Links" or "Links and Lists" box type. The "Link" box types contain a host of specialized features that are not available in the Rich Text box, including:

  1. Statistics tracking and reporting on the number of times the link is clicked

  2. Automated link checking through your System administrator screen

  3. Link boxes manage the link creation for you, so you don't need to worry about link or proxy formatting

  4. You can reuse any link you've created in a "Links" box type (including the full link, and the description / more information fields), so you only need to create a link once

  5. Even better, any "reused" link is automatically updated across your site when the original link is changed

While this does take a bit more time than pasting content directly into a Rich Text box, in the long run you'll save a lot of time in site maintenance and link troubleshooting - and you'll get more robust statistics to boot!

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