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Don’t Go!

17 Jan

One of my pet hates is clicking on an external link in a blog post or on a website and having it open in the same page.  At least 50% of the time I don’t go back to the original page unless I’m familiar with the author and know that it will be worth my time.

Harsh – but true.

If you have a blog or a website and the link you’re talking about is close to the beginning of your post, do you really want people to leave you soon?

If possible all external links should open in a new tab.   I’m only looking at WordPress because Blogger needs more technical knowledge than most casual users have and I don’t want to make things worse.

The link below (which should open in a new tab :-)) will tell you better than I can how to do it in WordPress.

http://deena.co/2013/09/25/what-links-should-open-in-a-new-tab-and-how-to-do-that-in-wordpress/

When you add a link to a website make sure you add target=”_blank” inside the <a> tag: (I’m assuming that if you have the knowledge to build your own website you will know what I’m talking about here :-).   Otherwise, if you’re getting it built ask for the external links to open in new tabs.  You don’t want all links to open externally – only those that are not yours.

If you implement these changes on your site you will make it more user friendly and that can only be a good thing – right?

Happy weekend.

Norah