Creating & Managing External Link Pages

Discover how to create external link pages for your users

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June 4th, 2019

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Creating External Link Pages

External link pages are used to open links from external systems. These pages can be opened either directly in your platform, or in a new tab or window of the user’s browser, according to the browser configuration.

To create a new External Link page for your platform, access the Admin Menu from the gear icon, then press the Manage Pages item from the Settings section.

On the next page, press the plus button in the top right corner. In the New Custom Page slide out panel, select the External Link option. In the Details tab, enter the page name and the external link URL (note that at this time, you cannot add a mailto: address as a URL). Optionally, you can also add the page code and a description. Press Create & Edit to proceed to the page configuration. You will then be redirected to the page’s page, where you can customize various elements and settings of the page.

external pages create

Begin by flagging whether you want to publish the page or not. By default, all new pages are published. By unpublishing the page, it will no longer visible in the menus to which it is assigned, and users will not be able to access it.

You can always change the publication status of the page using the publishing bar at the bottom of the Settings page for each page you’ve created. Please note that once you change a page from Published to Unpublished, users will not be able to access that page, even if it is in a menu to which they have visibility. The page will be hidden from the user’s menu until it is Published again.

Then, move to the General Settings section. Here, you can edit any of the page details that you added in the slideout menu when creating the page. Then, in the External Link Properties section, flag whether you want to open the page as a new page, or within the LMS page as an iFrame.

external pages settings

If you’ve flagged the option to open the page as an iFrame within the LMS, you can also determine the height of the page. Some sources of external content may have security mechanisms in place. If this is the case, you may be required to utilize an OAuth client that you haveset up in a previous step. You can switch the Advanced Settings toggle to add a Salt Secret and Repeat Secret for the iFrame.

Then, select the OAuth Client from the dropdown menu, if necessary. By providing the salt secret, you are adding a checksum to the data, ensuring that the credentials for this access are maintained securely. If you do not add the salt secret, the external content will be launched from your platform without any additional parameters that may be required by the provider of the content. More information on salt secrets can be found here.

Finally, select an icon to identify your page. Press the icon, then select a new icon from the slideout panel and press Confirm. Once you’ve finished, press Save Changes to complete the page creation.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot have any more than 1,000 pages or 200 menus in your LMS, including built-in pages and the default menu. Also note that for External Link pages, you cannot add HTML to iframe in an internal LMS page.