rel=”external” in a New Window is a plugin for WordPress that tells your browser to open a new window the rel=”external” tag is located within any <A> link. Here’s a few examples of how it can be used:

<a rel="external" href="http://www.example.com">External Link to example.com</a>
<a rel="external nofollow" href="http://www.example.com">External Nofollow Link to example.com</a>

Is the Plugin Easy to Install?

You bet! The plugin is so simple to download and install:

  1. Download the plugin direct from the Plugin Page at WordPress.
  2. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  3. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin!

That’s it! No settings, no options – just download, install and activate!

Why use rel=”external”?

Using the rel=”external” tag indicates that the link is not part of your own web site. Personally I want to make sure these sites open in a new window and at the moment rel=”external” does not do this.

Why can’t I just use target=”_blank” or target=”_new”?

You can if you want, but target=”_blank” and target=”_new” are not XHTML valid whereas rel=”external” is!

How Does this Plugin Interact with rel=”nofollow”?

Whether or not rel=”nofollow” is included or not, if external is within the rel tag it will open in a new window. Here are the 3 scenarios where rel=”external” can be used:

rel="external"
rel="external nofollow"
rel="nofollow external"

In each instance, a new window will open when the rel=”external” plugin for WordPress is active.

Alex Moss

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As well as being the co-founder of Peadig, Alex is also a Director of the online marketing company FireCask. He also develops many WordPress plugins with over 500,000 combined downloads.

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