Linking around.

August 3, 2004

An important thing to remember when linking to external resources on your website, is that they should open in a new window. Specifically, you should target “_blank” within the HREF to ensure that the destination loads in a new browser window.

This practice is a good idea for linking to:

  • other websites
  • documents (i.e., Word, PDF)

Advantages include:

  1. your site is not taken over by the new content
  2. your site will remain open when the new windows are closed
  3. mistaken clicks do not result in frustration when trying to return to the source page
  4. surfing on your site can continue while new pages or documents download

Simple, but effective. Try it today!