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  • I’ve searched the forums and don’t see this question/answer. When people leave a comment and also put in their web address, their name becomes a live link to their website. I would like for this link to open in a new window.

    How do I make that happen?

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  • The easy way would be to add…


    To the <a> that links the name…

    <a href="" target="_blank">Example</a>

    Sorry, I should have been more clear. This is not a link they are creating themselves or that I am creating.

    “Subscribers” (wordpress role) have a WordPress profile and those who have websites can enter their website address into a form in their profile.

    WordPress automatically takes their website address and uses it to create a live link out of their name when that person makes a comment on my blog posts.

    At this point, those links do not open in a new window.

    My question is where do I go in the code to make a change so that whenever someone leaves a comment, that live link that gets created by WordPress is opening in a new window.

    Thanks for anything you can share!

    The comment author link is a WordPress Template tag:

    However, it has no parameters so I don’t think you could add a target=”_blank” to it. Maybe using some custom PHP?

    Make your own using…

    <?php get_comment_author(); ?>
    <?php comment_author_url_link(); ?>

    Like this…

    <a href="<?php comment_author_url_link(); ?>" target="_blank"><?php print get_comment_author(); ?></a>

    Currently you should have…
    <?php comment_author_link(); ?>

    My example replaces that…

    It will be in comments.php , or functions.php… depending on the theme…..

    Fortunately i’ve just been fiddling in that area of a theme so i happened to recall. 🙂

    Ah, very helpful. I only saw comment_author_link which generates a link. comment_author_url of course doesn’t.

    There’s a bunch of related links on the page you last linked to.. 😉

    here is the code your required one:

    <a href="<?php comment_author_url(); ?>" target="about_blank"><?php comment_author(); ?></a>

    Hope you it will work for you


    There’s also a working solution in my previous post (6 posts up from this one)..



    Heres some code to check to see if the Author URL is empty or not.

    $comment_author = get_comment_author_url();
            if (!empty($comment_author)) { ?><a href="<?php comment_author_url(); ?>" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><?php comment_author(); ?></a><?
            } else {

    What about the people in this forum who’s name are an active link? How do I make my name an active link in this forum?

    Ex. t31os is an active link whereas rickydeez is not.

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