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How to link to different sections of the articles?

First let me explain why you would want to do that.

For example, let’s say you have a client and he asked you for some detailed explanation on how to achieve something after you finished his project and unfortunately you have a lot to do and don’t have the time to send him a detailed reply.

Probably your client will need to wait for a couple of days until you make some free room in your schedule.

No need to make your client wait since you can point him quickly to one of our tutorials to solve his problem.

A quick solution will be to point him to one of our solutions listed on this blog. Also you do not need to reinvent the wheel and re-write the same thing that we did.

We’ve put tens and sometimes hundreds of hours of research into writing detailed tutorials to solve our customers problems and hope we will help you solve yours as well.

You know that you’ve read a detailed solution to his problem on this blog and you know exactly where the article is, but usually our articles are in long format since we try to explain in great detail how to achieve something, accomplish a task or solve a complex problem.

Sending the direct link to a client is a great time saver but for your client to read the entire tutorial will take a lot of time especially to find the section with the info that solves his problem.

This is why we created separated links (anchors) for every important section of the article. In this way you can copy directly the link from each section that you are interested in.

With this smaller addition we hope to give you faster access to the solution without the need to go over the entire article. 

Of course if you are interested in reading the entire article we salute that because what we want to achieve is to help as many people as possible to understand ecommerce and make the web a better place for everyone.

The Glossary section does not support direct linking to sections.

How section linking works?

First you need to go to an article that you want to copy the section link from.

You can do that from the search box by typing the article name or you can go directly to the article if you know the link to it.

How Commerce search functions on the home page.
How Commerce search functions on the home page.

I’ll use the article “What is Shopify” and that is what I’ll type in the search box:

Perform a search for the desired article on our website.
Perform a search for the desired article on our website.

Next your search query is executed and you’ll see the article listed as the first result:

Search results listing on our website.
Search results listing on our website.

Click on the article and at the top you’ll see a “Table of Contents” section. This section contains all the important titles in this post:

The article table of contents.
The article table of contents.

All the titles listed in the “Table of contents” are connected via a link to a specific section and all of them represent the article’s most important sections.

Click on the link that you are interested in and the website will scroll to that section:

Article section selection.
Article section selection.

Clicking the “How easy it is to open a Shopify store?” link it’s taking me to the linked section with the same name:

The selected article section.
The selected article section.

On the right side of the section title you can see a small chain icon. If you hover on a desktop device over it you’ll see a small pop-up with instructions that will tell you to copy the link:

The instruction popup. It will list only on non-touch devices.
The instruction popup. It will list only on non-touch devices.

To copy the link to this section click on the icon. Once the link is copied you’ll see a success message inside the same pop-up saying “Copied!”:

Successfully copied link message.
Successfully copied link message.

On mobile devices since you can’t use the hover state you will not see the pop-up with the “Copy link” message. You’ll see the pop-up only when you tap on the small “chain” icon with a success message saying “Copied!”

Now you can paste the link wherever you need: your website, email, social media, chat and so on.

When your client will click the link he will be taken directly to the article section from which you copied the link.

When somebody clicks the link the article will open directly in that section.
When somebody clicks the link the article will open directly in that section.

This will save you time and help your client solve his problem faster.