thank you for your prompt reply!
i had already tried creating a new external page. I deleted the old one, make a whole new one, and added again the same link, and made sure it was correct without any leading / and that it was and is a full valid url...
i got the same result! and here's the weird thing, in the sitefinity admin sitemap, where I can see a preview of the page, it works just fine!
so I'm guessing it HAS to be something on my end, a module or something that is intercepting the request and processing it incorrectly... here's some debug info the thing gives me:
[HttpException (0x80004005): '/https:/jobs.site.com:453/index.aspx' is not a valid virtual path.]
System.Web.VirtualPath.Create(String virtualPath, VirtualPathOptions options) +3536351
System.Web.HttpContext.RewritePath(String path, Boolean rebaseClientPath) +111
Telerik.Cms.Web.CmsHttpModule.RewriteURL(String newURL) +73
Telerik.Cms.Web.CmsHttpModule.BeginRequest(Object sender, EventArgs e) +2211
System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +64
I'd like to be able to pinpoint where this is happening but I cannot seem to trace it, I intercepted the request at using debugger, but I couldn't see where it's changing the url...