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Links in the blogroll to open in a new window?

  1. I was just wondering if there is and option to set the links in the blogroll to open in a new window. I know it's possible to do that for links within blog posts.

    Thanks. :)

  2. I haven't found it, and if it existed I'd be ALL OVER it. There might be some themes that do it that way, but I haven't found any. T'would be a wonderful option, though.

  3. When you are looking at the Add Link page, there's a box along the right hand side labeled 'Target' That's where you make this selection. _blank is for opening in a new browser window while _top is also for opening in a new window but, if this has been down before, it will open the link up in the same window. (I think I got that in the right order.)

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

  4. @drmike
    Three "linked" questions from a techno peasant.
    (1) Why should I care if the link opens in a new window or not?
    (2) If it does then what are the advantages/disadvantages to the blogger?
    (3) If it does then what are the advantages/disadvantages to the reader?

  5. 1 and 2) So your viewers won't go away from your site is the basic reason. They can still return to it and it's still in a window.

    3) It annoys many people to have someone else control your browser.

  6. gottcha - thanks :)

  7. i've set all my targets to _blank now. ^-^

    how do we make a link open in a new browser if we put links in a blog post?

  8. Add target="_blank" into the link. For example:

    <a href="http://tdjc.be" target="_blank">drmike's blog</a>

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

  9. ah, of course. this one goes into my notepad of html shortcuts. thanks doc

    while we're on the subject of links, is it possible to put a link to a blog without the blog owner knowing where the link came from should a reader of my blog clicks on it?

  10. Not really. That information is going to come from their webserver which you have no control over. You can try and keep the link from being counted though with rel="nofollow".

    Same usage:

    <a href="http://tdjc.be" rel="nofollow">drmike's blog</a>

    You can also throw in the noindex while you're doing it:

    <a href="http://tdjc.be" rel="noindex,nofollow">drmike's blog</a>

    Do remember though that not every search engine follows that tag though. :)

    edit: Instead of making a link, you can include the URL as text instead of a link. That would make the visitor copy and paste the URL into their browser.

  11. ah, common sense i sometimes lack. thanks for the idea doc.

  12. This definatley helps, thank you very much. :)

    I have been wondering what those options are, but I know nothing about html and such like, so I've always left them alone in case I'd break something.

  13. drmike, even with your method it's actually searchable by technorati or the likes if one inserts the blog url though, right?

  14. Depends are how they search for it. I knoew when I search for links, I use the 'link:' in the search bar. With a cut and paste URL, it shouldn't show up that way.

  15. so say if i cut and paste my own blog's url, and if i search it at technorati as just "sulz.wordpress.com" would the cut and paste come up?

  16. while we're on the subject of links, is it possible to put a link to a blog without the blog owner knowing where the link came from should a reader of my blog clicks on it?

    @ sulz - Could you explain please why you asked this?

  17. Because Sulz want's to link to somewhere but doesn't want that other site to know that she has done so.

  18. Yeah I got that part, but why would she want to do so?

  19. I hope this isn't too far off this subject: Listening to this brings up a question: Most of my links are on pages. I have them set to open in a new window because I want to make sure readers return to my site in case the link they click is not the right one.
    My question is this: Does my logic make sense or is it simply annoying? I am asking because I don't usually think the way the rest of the world does about most things.

  20. I prefer links to open in a new window, particularly if they're in the middle of a piece I'm reading, because I never get back to the original piece. I'd rather open all the relevant windows and read them like footnotes at the end, but if they open in the same window, you can't do that. It's discontinuous.

    I know the web usability standard is to have them open in the same window, but I find that has far less utility. It's not just that I want the readers never to leave me! It's that I want them to get the most out of each post.

  21. Rain, the issue is though for those using text browsers, there's no way for those links to work as their browser is one window only.

  22. Rain, Thanks for your comment. You make sense.

  23. Dr. Mike, I understand you directed your statement to Rain, but I have a questions: Are you saying it is an issue of accessiblilty?

  24. Its one of the things that gets listed in accessibility guidelines. Also remember that some folks have the opinion of "My browser, my rules" and opening a site in a new window ticks people off with stuff like that.

  25. so say if i cut and paste my own blog's url, and if i search it at technorati as just "sulz.wordpress.com" would the cut and paste come up?

    hi drmike did you forget to answer me? =(

  26. Nah, must have missed it.

    It probably would but how many folks are going to search using that method. I know I don't. At least I don't think many folks would.

  27. ok great. thanks drmike!

  28. Now having said all that, I've got to admit that I would rather put off site links as to open into a new browser window. For the longest time, I did this for my own links page until it got messed up. I don't want to be losing folks either and, since they're sitting on a page with a long list of outbound sites, I would think that it would be acceptable.

    Grey area anyone? :)

  29. I've been thinking of putting a text widget in above my blogroll, saying "All links will open in a new window." That will at least let people know.

  30. Might be helpful.

    'All links going to another website will open a new browser window' maybe?

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