Image Maps

Image Maps are handy tools that you can create to break down an image into multiple sections, linking each section to something else in your site.  One illustration of an image map is a picture of the United States on a website.  If you wanted to create an image map out of the full image of the US and link each state to a page about that state, you'd break the image down into sections (states in this case), and link each section (or state), to a page about that site.  Before you begin working on your image map, you need to collect several resources, including:

  1. In the Content Editor, right-click the image into which you wish to embed links and select Image Map Editor from the menu that appears.
  2. When the Image Map Editor appears, decide which type of image section will better suit your needs and mark the corresponding choice - Rectangle or Circle.

  3. Now, click the image where you'd like to begin drawing and drag a rectangle or circle (depending on your choice) around the section you wish to break into a link.
  4. Once you're satisfied with the size of the circle or rectangle, release your click and then click the blue area that appears to move it to exactly the location on your image where you want it.  If you need to work with great precision, you can move the area by increasing or decreasing its distance from the Left and Top of the image using the corresponding fields on the right.
  5. If you need to adjust the size of the area, click the red square attached to the area and drag it until the area is the size you desire.  You can fine tune this sizing process by typing the exact Width and Height into the corresponding fields on the right.
  6. Once you're satisfied with the size and placement of your image section, type the URL (or web address) with which you want it to link into the URL field provided.
  7. Pick a Target from the menu provided to determine how you want the link to open.  Options are:
  8. Type a short Comment in the available field to indicate what this link does.
  9. When finished, click Update Area to apply your change to the area you've created.
  10. Continue creating new areas by repeating steps 6 - 13 until you've completed your image map.  If you need to remove an area from your image map, click it and then click Remove Area.  If you need to remove all areas from your image map so you can start over, just click Remove All.
  11. When finished with your image map, click OK to apply it to your web page.