URL (web link)

Why use it?

Use the URL resource to add a link to an external resource to a Moodle site section.

Note: A URL resource creates a link on the course’s main page. Use it to quickly access external resources. However, links can also be embedded into the content of other resources and activities.

Step 1: Add a URL

Go to the course page and Turn editing on. Scroll to the section where you want your URL to be displayed, click Add an activity or resource and pick URL from the Resources tab.

Screenshot of the Moodle resource picker with the URL icon highlighted
Choose the URL resource from the resources and activities picker.


Step 2: Settings

Tip: Click on the question mark icon next to any setting to display extra help or click on Moodle Docs for this page link at the bottom of each page in Moodle for accessing context-specific documentation.


Enter a Name for the link, this is the text the user will click on. It should be descriptive. Avoid using links that just say “click here” and or using the URL as the name.

✗ No - Click here.

Type (or paste) the External URL.

Optionally, add a Description.

Screenshot of the general settings for a URL resources with a link to the library catalogue clearly named 'LSE Libray online catalogue'.
Give your link a meaningful name. Add a description if you wish to provide more context.



In Appearance, chose how to display the external resource. Best practice is to set the link to open in a new window. This gives the user greater control.

Screenshot of the appearance tab of the URL settings with the display option set to 'New Window'
Set links to open in a new window.

Click Save and return to course.