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Here's what you need:
  • Full_Website
  • Shown_Text

You have three ways to make a link:
  1. Use DA's Media toolbar (codefree method):

    1. If you're commenting or editing an artist's description, click on the "+Add Media" button on the bottom of the text field that looks like below, to start the Media toolbar:

      addMedia by craftysorceress

    2. Click on the following Link button in the Media toolbar on top of the page, highlighted in pink below:

      toolbarH by craftysorceress

    3. Type in the Full_Website in the URL box, and Shown_Text in the Title box. Press OK when you're done:

      Url by craftysorceress

    4. It will look like: Shown_Text

  2. OR Type code:

    1. Your template that you type keystroke-by-keystroke is:

      • <u><b><a href="Full_Website">Shown_Text</a></b></u>

      • It will look like: Shown_Text

  3. OR, copying-pasting-deleting code:

    1. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the template below:
    • < u>< b>< a href ="Full_Website">Shown_Text</b></u>
    1. Delete the space after every "< "

    • It will look like: Shown_Text, same result as method #2.


Coding Example:

(Using method #2, typing code)

As an example, if had:
Shown_Text=CraftySorceress's Portfolio

Then, i will type in:

<u><b><a href="">CraftySorceress's Portfolio</a></b></u>

And it will appear like:

CraftySorceress's Portfolio
Here's a quick template to insert links to any DeviantArt text, including Comments and Artist's Comments. Whenever I'm thanking someone for a favorite, I like to use this template.

This is based on HTML, so if you know HTML, this is probably way too simple for you. I posted this as a quick reference for me so I don't haveto retype it every time, and for others that may not know html, but want a normal html effect.

Let me know if you're interested in me making an html link generator you can copy 'n paste.

Update: I'm struggling to show html code on DeviantArt, and I can't seem to find an easy way to do this, shy of posting an image. (But that isn't helpful for copy/pasters)

Update 2: HUGE thanks to :iconneocoolstar: for figuing the above update up. If you want general HTML info, please check out her tutorial here.

Update 3:
  • Simplified the example for ease of understanding.
  • Since I saw many people copy-and-paste the example and fail because of text, I made it clearer in the tutorial that one either has to type in the code manually, or copy and paste some other code, then delete spaces.Hopefully that clears up a ton of confusion.
  • Added the GUI method provided by the Sta.shWriter Media toolbar. This is the easiest, codeless method to do it, but the HTML code method is still worthwhile, with the result looking like a link. 
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LilyBlight Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this information! I tried the copy and paste method and it worked perfectly for me. :) (Smile) 
barotai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, appreciate it.
Graystripe-64 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I did it and it worked, but I want it to link it straight away to my image. Can anyone help me or somethin'?
Mayohem Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry if im misunderstanding, but go to the picture, right click it, and click Copy Image URL
Then paste that url into the code
For example, the image url for this drawing… would be…
RFakonWolf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I don't know why... I type the link like this :… just like what you did on the text 

The result always be like this : <da:thumb id="498415873"> 
Moonlightdragon60 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
TheAssholeProphet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   General Artist
hey I'm following this exactly and what happens is the url inside the code is linking itself leaving the code visible, aka not working :/ I hate deviantart it's coding system sucks ass. No offence personally, just frustrated with this already.
Eqonosp Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
PsychedelicLizzie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ask-Blyle Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
VerlangenLotte Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
everytime i try to link a page (i write comics and its is very important to provide before and after links) all it does is put a thumbnail of whatever the link leads to. Then when I publish the deviation its a failed code. I am getting very aggravated with these new interface tweaks and don't know if I will be able to use dA to host my webcomics if a simple function such as linking becomes unusable. 
windwolf55x5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes I am having the exact same problem, and I have not at all been able to find a solution to this exact problem. It's very frustrating
VerlangenLotte Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I managed to (barely) fix it by opening whatever link I needed in a new tab, then adding a space in a random spot, like before the '.com'. Then I copy that and paste, and remove the space. It doesn't create a link unfortunately but it's allowed me to at least leave a valid URL for viewers to copy & paste.

I am getting really irritated with all of the new unnecessary features :I 
windwolf55x5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually someone told me that all you have to do is when you are editing you hold your mouse over the picture, and where it says link in the corner you click that and it turns it into a link.
VerlangenLotte Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
im failing to see this option, the thumbnail seems to only have an "x" in the corner to delete it. I've tried the "Add Media" option to add a link that way and it gives me the same exact result :/
windwolf55x5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should be seeing this when you put your mouse over the thumbnail
VerlangenLotte Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how terribly unfortunate. The comic strips I use for my series are very long and skinny so the only button that appears is the 'X' in the corner. :( I have yet to find a way around this. Thanks for the explanation.
windwolf55x5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you should tell DeviantArt about that, that is a huge mess up on their part x(
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FloydDowel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Good information. did not know that. thkx
shardstar3 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks m8
Marine1337 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any chance of adding a YouTube Video without it being Embedded?
iAmAneleBiscarra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very informative and clearly explained! :D
DrazziElder Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this, really. Saved me a lot of headaches.
nightfuryguy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i'm sorry but its not working to me.
TrunksII Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the help
RakaelTowers Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you.
Ghoulian Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!Hug 
Cathy121 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AshleighStone Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This has been a huge help to me! :)
Gusindor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
This has been such a big help to me!
speedysketch Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
oryaakov231 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much!!
vegasbenz22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
This helped out a lot thanks!
KemPayne Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is Mine
GooGooDolls-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   General Artist
This was very helpful. Thank you.
Thelurkerofdoom Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Lihass Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<a href="">this is deviantArt
craftysorceress Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
<u><b><a href="">Test</a></b></u>
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<u><b><a href="">Testificate</a></b></u>
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<u><b><a href="…">Jelsa</a></b></u>
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I used it!
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<u><b><a href="…">Naru's Photo Shoot</a></b></u>
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