Absolute and Relative Links within Text
An absolute URL includes the full address of the page. Clicking on that link will take you to that address.
If you enter an absolute URL without the http://, it will be treated as a relative URL. In most cases, this will result in a broken link.
Relative URLs come in two flavors.
- If you start a relative URL with a forward slash "/contact" then clicking on that URL will take you to that address on the current site, starting from the site's root. So clicking on a link to "/about/administration" will take you to that address on your current site.
If you are on any page on MCCS and you click that link, you will end up on http://mccs.gmu.edu/about/administration. If you are on any page on the CHSS site and you click on that link, you will be taken to http://chss.gmu.edu/about/administration.
- If you do not start with a slash "about/administration" then clicking on that URL will take you to that address on the current site, starting from wherever you are. If you place that link on http://mccs.gmu.edu/about then you will be taken to http://mccs.gmu.edu/about/about/administration. In other words, links without an initial slash are just appended onto the current URL.