What is a hyperlink?

Links are special bits of text or images that appear in a browser or in an email. When they are clicked, the viewer is taken to a new web page. This new web page can be on a new website.

Links used to be called hyperlinks but as the internet has evolved the word links is used as a short hand. They underpin the whole process of navigation on the internet and so are extremley important to understand.

Underlying all links is some HTML code that does two things. First it controls what the link looks like. This can be in terms of color, size, font or which image is displayed.

Secondly, it controls where the reader goes when they click the link.