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Clicking on first square to the right of a page opened link in the same window

 
Mira
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on 10/13/2012

Hi,

I was on 2uesday's wizzography today and something caught my eye on the right, a book called Dust in the Wind. The author had a Romanian last name. I clicked that square and the page about the book and its author opened in the same tab.

Isn't it better for these links to open in a new tab? I always make mine this way and I imagine we all want our readers to stay on Wizzley as long as possible.


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lobobrandon
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on 10/13/2012

As far as I can control stuff I make sure that links open in new tabs and whenever I read something online I always wish people add the _blank tag to their code. I hate pressing the ctrl button and clicking to open links in new tabs and I guess others would feel the same way too.


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 10/13/2012

I always open links by middle wheel clicking my mouse- it's instant new tab that way regardless of how it's set I always get what I want haha... but I agree should always open in new tab, you're not always done reading the article anyway when you see something cool...


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lobobrandon
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on 10/13/2012

Ya I use the scroll to open new tabs too. And it also works to close tabs in case you didn't know :D 


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nightowl
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on 10/13/2012

The debate of whether links should open in new windows/tabs is probably as old as the internet itself. There are too many arguments for either position to list here, but if you want to explore them further just google something like "should links open in a new window". 

In this case, there are about 447 million pages dealing with this fundamental question.


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2uesday
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on 10/13/2012

Bit confused about this, am I meant to change some setting somewhere or is it for an ad that is set automatically  and out of my control? 

Jerrico_Usher
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on 10/13/2012

Wizzley doesn't let us change that setting it's just whatever they have set up. I think on HP they had a drop box we could use but here It' just set...


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2uesday
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on 10/13/2012

Thanks Jerrico for your reply. I thought I might have missed a setting here but I cannot remember the setting on H/P either.

I know on my blogs I have that choice when I add a link. So much to learn and some days I feel like I am not making any progress on the SEO side of things. 

Jerrico_Usher
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on 10/13/2012

now that I think about it I think HP removed the capability to change that too... in a system like this (2.0 sites) it's essential to offer enough options to give writers options but not enough to give newbies too much power to publish crap :) (accidentally or otherwise)... when a feature disappears there is always a very good reason, one we often don't see... dunno, I don't think about this one that much I just hope my readers are articulate enough to figure out how to get back to my page with the back button if necessary :)


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Simon
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on 10/14/2012

On Wizzley we try to keep things like that consistently throughout the whole platform. All external links open in a new tab, internal links don't.

@Mira: We were tracking the sidebar Amazon ad just recently via Google Analytics, and I think during this test, the link may have opened without target=_blank. Maybe that's what you saw ...


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