How do I make an email an active link in WordPress?

March 7, 2011 / Updated: March 7, 2011 / Lena Shore


Hi Lena,

Happy New Year. I hope you are well. A quick question in relation to our Wordpress website. I put some email addresses on the first page when you open the site, and they are not linked.  You can see the old ones are.  In other words, when you click on them, nothing happens.  What to do?


You have to add code to email addresses to make them links and not just type.

  1. Login to your website and navigate to the post you want to edit.
  2. Highlight the email address in question and click the insert/edit link button at the top of the page in the tool bar. It looks like a little chain.
  3. In the “Link URL” section type “mailto:[email protected]” (replace [email protected] with the actual email address)
  4. Click the “Insert” button.
  5. Repeat for each email.

Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.


  1. Ethel on October 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that produce the largest changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  2. Dala on June 18, 2011 at 1:56 am

    DUDE!!!! You just helped me soo much!!!! Bless you!!!!

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