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Hot Link Content

You can manage the links that appear on the left side of a tab. Links can be to educational partners, research tools, or any Web page relevant to your institution.

How to Manage Hot Link Content

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, click Tabs and Modules.
  2. Click Tabs.
  3. In the tab's contextual menu, click Hot Link Content. This option is available for the My Institution, Courses, Community, and Services tabs, and for any module tab created by an administrator. The following table describes the available tasks.
    Hot Link Content Available Tasks
    To . . . click . . .
    add a link Create Web Link in the action bar.
    modify a link Click Edit in the link's contextual menu.
    remove a link Click Delete in the link's contextual menu This action is irreversible.
    change the placement of a link The double arrow icon to the left of the link. Drag and drop the link into position.
  4. Click Submit.

How to Create or Edit Hot Link Content

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, click Tabs and Modules.
  2. Click Tabs.
  3. In the contextual menu for a tab, click Hot Link Content.
  4. To create a link, click Create Web Link.


    To edit an existing link, in the Hot Link's contextual menu, select Edit. The following table describes the available fields.

    Hot Link Available Fields
    Field Description
    URL Information
    Name Provide a name for the link. The name appears in the Hot Links box.
    URL Provide the URL for the link. This must be the full URL. For example,, not or
    Description Provide a description of the link. The description will appear below the link name in the partnerships box.
    Permit Users to View this Content Click Yes to make the link available.
    Open in New Window Click Yes or No to determine if the link opens the Web site in an external browser window.
    Select Date and Time Restrictions Select Display After and Display Until, and then select the range of dates that the folder will appear.
  5. Click Submit.