External Links in New Window / New Tab

Description

Opens external links in a new tab or a or new window. You can set URLs that should either be forced to open in a new window or ignored.

The plugin produces XHTML Strict compliant code and is search engine optimized (SEO).
This is done using JavaScript’s window.open()-function. It adds only a few lines of vanilla JavaScript to the page, and does not require any external libraries like jQuery.

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.

If you need a more advanced plugin, with more options try our free WP External Links plugin.

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.

Original developer
Kristian Risager Larsen – kezze.dk

Screenshots

  • External links settings

Installation

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

Reviews

October 26, 2022
Appena installato il plugin, senza alcun intervento da parte mia, ha fatto esattamente ci├▓ che prometteva, che poi era quello che mi serviva: aprire semplicemente i collegamenti esterni in nuove schede, senza lasciare il sito...
June 16, 2022 1 reply
I was struggling with this for months, due a copy protection plugin my readers cannot open new tabs from our blog. This plugin solved this issue. Works like a charm! Thank you guys!
December 17, 2020 1 reply
Works great, and when I had an unexpected issue, the author replied quickly with a solution.
November 1, 2020
I have a free version, it does the job just fine. But PLEASE stop spamming the dashboard and notifications with permanent discount offers!!!! Even once I went to the settings page and clicked on your popup "Don't show this again", guess what - it pops up again when I return there. This is a common sense issue, you are frustrating.
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Contributors & Developers

“External Links in New Window / New Tab” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“External Links in New Window / New Tab” has been translated into 5 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “External Links in New Window / New Tab” into your language.

Interested in development?

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Changelog

1.44

  • 2022-11-22
  • minor security fixes

1.43

  • 2022-05-06
  • security fix reported by Automattic

1.42

  • 2021-01-30
  • added flyout menu

1.41

  • 2020-10-21
  • minor update

1.4

  • 2019-08-26
  • WebFactory took over development
  • minor fixes
  • 40,000 installs; 178,750 downloads

1.3.3

Verified compatibility with WordPress 5.0

1.3.2

Updated: Danish translation

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.