Here are my offerings* for the 2016 Lunacon in Rye Brook, NY, March 18 to 20. Lower left, a coloring book containing 2 copies each of my black & white fantasy art drawings. Some are never before published. The remaining items in this photo are professionally produced, 11 by 17-inch posters of my fantasy artwork. The paper is coated, 100# glossy. Very sturdy. Makes a great appearance enhancement. All of the posters come sealed in a resealable archival bag plus a white archival backing board. Don't miss out! See more on Lunacon via a search engine. They're also on Facebook and other social media. Have a great time there!
*I had them laid out on my kitchen floor for this photo. It wasn't meant to be a high quality image. I was only taking it so that the people who hang the artwork could use it as a layout chart. I promise you, they'll look much better in person.
... and keep users coming back. The secret: Target Links.
In the above illustration, you'll see that 3 browser tabs are open. I already had the first 2 tabs open before I clicked on the hyperlink to the Paintings Gallery page (entitled with a separate function not covered here, "Painting Prints by Joyce Jackson") in my blog post. By simply clicking on the hyperlink in my blog post, the 3rd, new tab to the Paintings Gallery page automatically opened up in my browser. This is because I created a Target Link to it instead of just leaving it as a plain old link minus the targeting .html, aka html, code. Without the Target Link code, a new browser tab will not open automatically. It takes the user off the original page and makes it harder, in terms of time and convenience, for them to re-access it. What follows is a detailed description of how to create target links and keep your visitors happy.
This is ordinarily HTML talk for bloggers, website creators, owners. But anyone who has ever needed to create a link can do this. Sit back, relax with a cup of your favorite beverage, read this, re-read, study it, try it out, & let me know what you think.
I love when I click a link that takes me to a new tab in my browser. Why? Because if my browser is already open, it automatically opens a new browser tab where the content of the page being linked to is displayed. Why is this desirable? So that the user isn't forced to do this manually or lose their place on the page where they left off before clicking the link. Without a Target Link, when the link is clicked, the user is taken to a new page in their browser, but they can't go back to the page where they left off unless they perform several manual click functions, forcing them to spend excess time on accessing & re-accessing web pages. Simply stated, it's a very polite & friendly way to send a user to a new page, make it convenient for them, and save them time.
Here's how to create a Target Link. Open a new Notepad document. Words between brackets are where you insert your text.
[Non-hyperlink words (optional). These words will be visible, but will not take the user to a new link if clicked on.]<a href="[Insert full URL between the quotes, no spaces. Example: http://www.artbyjoycejackson.com/fantasy-creatures.html
]" target=_blank>[You can insert - no spaces between it and anything before or after it, to ensure keeping a space between these words and the non-hyperlink words. ** It might work anyway if you just do a spacebar space. This is to force it in case that doesn't work.
[Insert hyperlink words here. These words will be visible, and WILL take the user to a new link if clicked on.]</a>[Insert as a spacebar holder. No spaces needed between it and text that follows. Or just do a spacebar space before you type the text that follows the </a>.] [You can continue typing text here. It will be visible, but will not take the user to a new link if clicked on. (That is, unless you create a new Target Link here.)]
The following is an example of words following </a>, use of spacebar, a new target link, and
There's a space bar before the word "plus". The visible text is followed by a hyperlink. The visible, hyperlinked text is followed by html code for spacebar, instead of use of an actual space created by pressing the space bar. (The letters "nbsp" stand for non-breaking space.)
plus these other items.
<a href="http://www.artbyjoycejackson.com/native-woman-fairy-series.html" target=_blank> Native Woman Fairy Series</a>
I created this blog post in Notepad. Now I'll create a usable link from the URL's in the examples above.
<br><br>**Caveat: DO NOT substitute for the space after the closing quote and before the html text which reads "target=_blank>". This text is one of keys to your success. You HAVE TO insert a space there by pressing the space bar. It's the only way it will be interpreted correctly to cause the new tab to open in your browser window.<br><br>
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Click image to be taken to page with 2 Limited Edition print sizes for sale. Shown is ACEO 2.5" x 3.5" size. Same proportions as 5" x 7" size.
For an Open Edition 5" x 7" and other sizes of this, go to Paintings Gallery 1.
Multimedia artist in clay, paint, and jewelry. Part-time online bookseller.