This tutorial will show you how to create new and edit existing button links. Buttons are used as a more attention-grabbing way to link to web pages, documents, forms, and email addresses.

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Video Tutorial: How to create a button link 

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Text Tutorial: How to create or edit a button link

If you want to link to an uploaded PDF, start with Step 1.

If want to link to a web page, skip to step 2.

STEP 1: Upload & copy your document's URL

1. In the dashboard, you have two options to access existing media or upload new media files like PDFs and images.

  • Click Media > Add New to upload new images and PDFs.
  • Click Media > Library to view/search for existing images and PDFs.

2. After the file has been uploaded, select the file and copy the document's URL. The full file URL will always start with ""

3.  Next, find the page where the button will be added, and click Edit.

STEP 2: Create a new button

1. While in page edit mode, hover over the shortcode icon. Click Button.

2. Make your selections in the "Insert Button Shortcode" options and click OK. 

Button Shortcode Field
Add text to display in the button. We suggest call-to-action phrases with no more than 5 words.
Example: "Download the Student Handbook"
Add the URL for the web page or document.
You must include http:// or https://.
Choose a Style
Select Filled (default) and Ghost. We suggest you select Filled for content pages. If adding two buttons side-by-side, it's fine to use different styles to emphasize which button is most important such as the Filled (left) and Ghost (right) buttons below:

Choose a Theme
Select a color for your button. The options are Orange, Black or White. Orange is the default option.
Action Method
Leave as Link URL (default).
Open link in new tab
Check this box if your button link goes to an external site or PDF documents.

Examples: PDF forms, Wufoo form links, registration links, links to websites.

3. After you click OK, the button shortcode is added to your page. 

4. Click Preview (Preview Changes) to test how the button appears and works on your page.

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5. Click Update when you are ready to save and publish the updates.

Notes on Updating an Existing Button

When you need to update a button on a page, it's highly suggested that you simply delete the existing button, then create a new one. However, if you want to swap out the links in an existing button you MUST follow the exact steps below to get the button to work as expected.

1.   Delete the old URL from the shortcode.

[button label="View the Academic Calendar" url="" 
style="" theme="" action="" new_tab="true" ] 

2.   The URL space should be empty.

[button label="View the Academic Calendar" url="" style="" theme="" action="" 

3.   Paste the new file URL into the shortcode.

[button label="View the Academic Calendar" url="" 
style="" theme="" action="" new_tab="true" ] 

4.  Click the Update button to save the changes.
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