If communicating with the readers of your Web site and having them communicate with you is important, then learning to be creative with your email links may be very helpful.
Did you know that you can put things in your link so that when your readers click on it there will already be a message for them to start with? You can put a subject in the subject line or a message in the body of the email. This makes sorting your email really easy. You can also have the email sent to several different email addresses if you want to.
Let's say that you want to know which page someone is emailing you from, you can put a code or message in the email so that when it comes to you, you will know which page it came from just by seeing it. Maybe you have a list of questions that people can ask you, or different categories of something on your site. You can put different messages on each one so that you will know what your reader wants before you even read the email.
Here is a list of some of the things that you can use in your email links:
mailto = Tells the email client who to send the email to.
subject = This will put a message in the subject line of the email.
body = With this option you can place a message in the body of the email.
%20 = Leaves a space between words.
%0D%0A = Takes your message to the next line. This is similar to the "Return" or "Enter" key on your keyboard.
cc = Carbon copy or have the email sent to another email address other than the mailto address.
bcc = Blind carbon copy or have the email sent to another email address other that the mailto and cc addresses.
This is how you can use these things to help you. First you need to know how to write a basic email link. A basic email link starts very much like a regular link:
It also ends very much like a basic link:
">Text For Link Here</a>
What happens in the middle is what is different. You will, of course, want to start with adding your email address so that your readers can send the email to you. This will look something like this:
Now that you know that much, you can put together a basic email link:
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Text For Link Here</a>
It will look like this to your readers:
Go ahead, click on it, it will open your email client so that you could send email, if I was using a real email address that is. Since I'm not using a real email address, you can't really send email with it though. Try replacing the false email address with your own, in your text editor (save the file with a .htm or .html extension first), and see if you can send yourself some email.
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