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Open external links in a new window

Description

Opens external links (starting with http:// or https://) in a separate browser window (or tab). You can also specify certain URLs that should either be forced to open in a new window or ignored.
The plugin produces XHTML Strict compliant code and is also search engine optimized (SEO).
This is done using JavaScript’s window.open()-function.

Most other plugins perform a hack by altering the target parameter (i.e. <a href="http://somewhere.example" target="_blank">). That method is not XHTML Strict compliant.
This plugin handles the links client-side, which lets search engines follow the links properly. Also, if a browser does not support JavaScript, the plugin is simply inactive, and does not result in any errors.

Credits
Inspired by the Zap_NewWindow-plugin by Tom Köhler.
The banner is a photo by Monja Da Riva.

Translations
Danish by Kristian Risager Larsen.
Dutch by Paul Staring
Lithuanian by Vincent G.
Other translations will be appreciated!

Known bugs
* The plugin conflicts with other plugins that change the links’ `onClick´-attribute.

Installation

  1. Copy the plugin to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Eventually, change the settings in Settings->External links.

Reviews

Brilliant!!

My Social Media links REFUSED to responds to target_blank – was pulling my hair out with coding – this is great!

Perfect!

Thank you so much, it works fantastic. None of the other similar plugins worked for me at all.

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Contributors & Developers

“Open external links in a new window” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.3.1

Verified compatibility with WordPress 4.0
Added: Plugin logo for WordPress 4.0
Added: Dutch translation.

1.3

Added: Possibility to force and ignore user-defined strings in URLs. This feature has been requested.
Added: Lithuanian and Danish translation.

1.2

Added: Translation-ready.

1.1.1

Fixed: Deprecation warning (Thanks to boo1865)

1.1.0

Changed: Better practice for opening links. The plugin now uses the onClick-attribute instead of writing JavaScript directly into the href-attribute. This enables users to right-click the link and open in a new window/tab, save the target etc.

1.0.1

Fixed: Removes target attribute from links instead of setting the attribute to null. (Thanks to crashnet)

1.0

Fixed: Credits to Tom Köhler (Charset).
Fixed: Links.

0.9

Initial release.