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Simple jQuery script to automatically open external links in new window

05 Jun

Often times on sites it's useful to automatically have any external link open in a new window. This is a very simple solution that just overrides any link that starts with http:// or https:// and forces them to open in a new window. There are obviously other ways to accomplish this but this is the most simple method. This method consists of a simple jQuery function and forces external links to open in a new window. This is useful for any site with unpredictable content when you know you want external links to open in a new window.

    return false;

The above code can be problematic if your site uses full urls. For example my site has full urls in the navigation (eg http://itslennysfault.com/about) so with the code above those links would open in a new window. To avoid this use the following code and update "goodDomain" to your site's url.

    	var myHref=$(this).attr('href');
    	var goodDomain="http://itslennysfault.com";
    		return true;
    	return false;

Obviously, either code should be placed inside a wrapper and loaded after the DOM is ready.

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  1. Jordan

    June 14, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Thank you, this was really useful :) my advertisements now show in a new window rather than loosing me traffic.