How to Force External Links to Open in a New Window

posted Jul 9, 2014, 5:13 PM by Jaybird Farrow   [ updated Jul 11, 2014, 2:37 PM by Justin Farrow ]

How to Stop Losing Your Community Visitors

Open External Links in New Window Ning
Sending all of your SEO link juice to another site can hurt your search engine ranking.  This is why it is important for external links (those links inside your site which go to an entirely different website instead of linking to another page on your site) to open in another window, rather than take visitors away from your site.  Back in 2011, I made a post on Ning Creators showing how to force external links on your Ning Network to open in a new tab or window.   That method still works very well for Ning 2.0 Networks, but with Ning 3.0, we have more options and thus, a better solution is available.

Open Links in New Window Ning 2.0

Add this to your custom Code box (if you're Ning Plus or Ning Pro)


<script type="text/javascript">




Don't forget to change  with YOURDOMAIN.COM

Open External Links New Window Ning 3.0

The jquery code i use now for Ning 3.0 templates is this:

<script type="text/javascript">
 x$('a').each(function() {  
  var a = new RegExp('/' + [removed].host + '/');  
  if(!a.test(this.href)) {  
    x$(this).click(function(event) {  
      event.stopPropagation();, '_blank');  

Place that code inside the bottom section of your Custom Code page

 Try it out by clicking the link inside the Credits section of this page