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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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Add the twittar plugin for WordPress w/ comment threading

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I talked about the Twittar plugin in a previous post. But learned that the read me text file was only useful for installing the necessary php code into WordPress themes that don’t have comment threading enabled.

Since most new themes past version 2.7, pull the comments section from functions.php file, that is where you have to edit the avatars in order to show the twittar settings.

First open you functions.php, and look for a line of code that says:

function custom_comment()

This is where your new comments are pulled from when you have the threaded comments enabled.

Now just find <?php echo get_avatar( $comment, $args['avatar_size'] ); ?> & replace with <?php twittar(70, "", "", "avatar avatar-70 photo", 1, "R"); ?>. Keep in mind that you will need to edit the Twittar setting to fit your site.

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Styling your ordered & unordered list items into 2 columns

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In a previous post I showed you how to create a custom widget, then I showed you how to create a widget for your monthly archives, and limit the month’s that show. I am showing the past 4 months in my widget at this time.

One of my readers: Alex asked:

How did you make the archives widget to show the dates separately into two columns?

Now I will show you a CSS trick to create this effect:

First we will give the unordered list a width of 100%:

ul#archives {
	width:110%;
	}

Then we will style the <li> nested inside.

ul#archives li {
	display:inline;
	float:left;
	width:120px;
	}

And that is it. Please make sure that you clear the float after your closing </ul>.

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Changing your feedbuner form to work with Google

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A lot of you may be using a email form to gather email’s via Feedburner. I am use that by now you know Google has decided to dump feedburner.com and move all feeds through Google Proxy or Feeburner2 which is a Google Server. Here is the new form you will need to put on your site to get new email address’s:

<form action="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" 
onsubmit="window.open('http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=YOUR_FEED_NAME', 'popupwindow', 'scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520');return true">
    <p class="form-label">Enter your email address:</p><p><input type="text" style="width:140px" name="email"/></p>
    <input type="hidden" value="YOUR_FEED_NAME" name="url"/>
    <input type="hidden" value="<?php bloginfo('name') ?>" name="title"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="loc" value="en_US"/>
    <input id="submit" type="submit" value="Subscribe" />
</form>

That’s it, just be sure to change YOUR_FEED_NAME to your feed name. For example, my feed is now http://feeds2.feedburner.com/WPCult. Where WPCult is now my ID.

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