Hyperlinks are the most important navigation tools on the Internet. Without them, moving around the Web would be pretty difficult.
Designing easy-to-use hyperlinks requires some thought. A lot of Web sites contain hyperlinks that have usability and/or accessibility problems.
Use the following tips to ensure your hyperlinks are both usable and accessible to all users.
Use Action Links
Different people look for things differently. Cross-linking relevant pages will help users find what they are looking for.
Minimize Links in Text
Try to minimize the number of links in your text. Blue underlined links will distract the user and disrupt their reading flow.
It is better to place the links at the bottom of the page. This way, when the user has finished reading the text, they have options to explore further. This is the approach used for most links on this site.
Icons vs. Text links
Icons vs. text links. Which one is better?
They are both good. However, some icons take time to learn. Generally, I recommend that you use text links, rather than icons. But if you have to use icons, and the icon is not self-explanatory, include a text link to the side of, or underneath, the icon.
Avoid Broken Links
Finding broken links can be most frustrating and confusing. It's like coming to a dead end in a road you're driving along.
So it is essential that you monitor all your internal and external links regularly. I recommend at least once a week. There are many Perl scripts, software programs and link monitoring services that can help you monitor your links, so there should be no excuse for broken links in your site.