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How to: Open external links in a new window

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Over the weekend, I attended WordCamp Denver, and I was asked by John Hawkins how to force links to open in a new tab with out editing the source code. So, today lets learn a simple jQuery trick to open all external links in your site in a new tab or window. We are going to make sure you have jQuery active on your site, you can do this easily in WordPress, since it’s bundled with the latest installations. Use this code in your header: <?php wp_enqueue_script('jquery'); ?> then, below the wp_head add the following:

<script type="text/javacript">
var $j = jQuery.noConflict();

$j(document).ready(function() {
//external attribute
    $j("a:not([@href*=http://YOURSITE.com/])").not("[href^=#]")
        .addClass("external")
        .attr({ target: "_blank" });
    }
);
</script>

That’s it, just make sure you change the http://YOURSITE.com to your website.

Update

If you like you can remove the var $j = and replace all $j with simply just $

 

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7 Comments

  1. Shawn Parker

    March 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Good tip, thanks for picking this up after my blunder. A couple more things to note:

    1. Instead of worrying about jQuery’s noConflict you can simply use jQuery(…) instead of $ – then everything you do is safe even if jQuery doesn’t get started in no conflict mode.

    2. jQuery(document).ready(function() { can be replaced with just jQuery(function() {

    3. To be xhtml future proof you can’t use target=”_blank” any more. Something like this would be more appropriate:

    jQuery(function() {
    jQuery(“a:not([@href*=http://YOURSITE.com/])”).not(“[href^=#]”)
    .addClass(“external”)
    .click(function(){
    window.open(this.href); // pop a new window
    return false; // return false to keep the actual link click from actuating
    })
    });

    • Frosty

      March 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks!

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  3. Elena Coen

    May 8, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Hi there,

    Is there a hack for this that would allow links from a folder to open automatically in a new window? I have an RSS feed from another install I did in a folder. I want anything from there to open in a new window but because it starts with the same URL, such code recognizes it as a match and keeps it opening in the same window. So http://www.mysite.com/anything else would open in same window, any external URLS plus http://www.mysite.com/jobs I want to open in a new window.

    Thank you, Elena

    • Austin

      May 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

      Hmmm.. This may be possible with some anchor not attributes in jQuery. Let me browse around and see what I can come up with..

  4. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    September 21, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Wonderful tutorial. Would definitely come in handy for some folks. For me, when I link to old posts on my blog from a new post, I like them opening in a new window so the reader doesn’t get lost trying to find his/her way back to the start.
    BTW is there a way of making this code force all links to open in a new window?
    .-= Udegbunam Chukwudi´s last blog ..Top 10 Ways Nigerians Make Money Online =-.

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How to: show/hide a widget in WordPress with jQuery

In a previous post I talked about how to show/hide a single div html code with a search inside. Today I’d like to show you how I implemented jQuery into my new theme.

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As seen in the current theme, I am using jQuery to animate the show/hide or as known as the css style display: none;.

Since I am using a custom child theme on my site, and have Hybrid theme as my parent, the widgets or sidebar section is different than may be in your theme. But just apply the the style’s as follows to your theme.

First make sure that your WordPress site is calling jQuery, by plugging in this code into your header.php file above the <?php wp_head(); ?> text:

<?php wp_enqueue_script('jquery'); ?>

Then anywhere above the </head >, plug this code in:

<script type="text/javascript">
function toggleWidgets() {
	$('#primary h3.widget-title').addClass('plus');

	$('#primary h3.widget-title').click(function() {
		$(this).toggleClass('plus').toggleClass('minus').next().toggle(180);
	});

}
$(document).ready(function() {
	toggleWidgets();
}
</script>

That’s it. Pretty simple huh.

So lets go over what the code does.

$('#primary h3.widget-title').addClass('plus');

This line finds all <h3> tags with the class widget-title inside the ID parameter of #primary and adds a class of plus.

Then

$('#primary h3.widget-title').click(function() {
		$(this).toggleClass('plus').toggleClass('minus').next().toggle(180);
	});

Will apply a click function. When the H3 tag is clicked it will remove the class plus and add the class minus.

Then the code that says .next will then toggle the “next” element after the <h3> title.

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WordPress Security Hacks

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Hi guys this is my first post on wpcult the great site Austin built.  Hope you guys find it usefull.

If you run a blog using the wordpress software then your blog is a target to hackers.  Below I will list some hacks and just how they can help you keep your business/site safe.

The following is  code to Block Bad Queries and protect your blog from malicious URL Requests.

Place the following code into a text file and name it what ever you like for example blockbadqueries.php upload it to your plugin folder and activate it in your wordpress admin just as you would any other Plugin

<?php
/*
Plugin Name: Block Bad Queries
Plugin URI:
http://perishablepress.com/press/2009/12/22/protect-wordpress-against-malicious-url-requests/
Description: Protect WordPress Against Malicious URL Requests
Author URI:
http://perishablepress.com/
Author: Perishable Press
Version: 1.0
*/
global $user_ID; if($user_ID) {
  if(!current_user_can(‘level_10’)) {
    if (strlen($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’]) > 255 ||
      strpos($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’], “eval(“) ||
      strpos($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’], “CONCAT”) ||
      strpos($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’], “UNION+SELECT”) ||
      strpos($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’], “base64”)) {
        @header(“HTTP/1.1 414 Request-URI Too Long”);
 @header(“Status: 414 Request-URI Too Long”);
 @header(“Connection: Close”);
 @exit;
    }
  }
}
?>

 This Great plugin was made by Jeff Starr of Digging into WordPress

 

 

Protecting your blog with .htaccess 

.htaccess files have lots of possibilities. below is some code that will help protect your wordpress from modification of _REQUEST and/or GLOBALS and scripts injection.

 This is real simple just paste the following code into your .htaccess file. Always make a backup of your .htaccess before editing, better to be safe.

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (\<|%3C).*script.*(\>|%3E) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2})
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [F,L]

 

Thanks to Oussama for this great hack

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How to: Create a fbshare.me shortcode

Social networks are everywhere. I am sure you’re on facebook. Well why not at a facebook share script to your site?

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Don’t know PHP that well?

Well here is a simple way to add a share script like fbshare.me to your site, via shortcodes.

Paste the following code in your functions.php file in order to create your shortcode:

function fbshare_script() {
     return '<div class="fbshare"><script src="http://widgets.fbshare.me/files/fbshare.js"></script></div>';
}
add_shortcode( 'fbshare', 'fbshare_script' );

Once done, you can display the facebook share button anywhere on your posts. In WordPress editor, make sure you are in HTML mode and insert the following: [fbshare].

When your post will be published, the shortcode will be replaced by the fbshare.me button.

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