External Links Plugin For WordPress

The external links plugin for WordPress lets you process outgoing links differently from internal links.


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Under Settings / External Links, you can configure the plugin to:

  1. Process all outgoing links, rather than only those within your entries' content.
  2. Add an external link icon to outgoing links. You can use a class="no_icon" attribute on links to override this.
  3. Open outgoing links in new windows. Note that this can damage your visitor's trust towards your site in that they can think your site used a pop-under.
  4. Add rel=nofollow to the links. You can use a rel="follow" attribute on links to override this.


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Frequently Asked Questions


The Semiologic forum is the best place to report issues. Please note, however, that while community members and I do our best to answer all queries, we're assisting you on a voluntary basis.

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Change Log

Version 5.5.4

  • Remove HTML comments added in 5.4.1 to assist in troubleshooting some select site issues

Version 5.5.3

  • Use template_redirect hook and put ourselves after default hooks that most 404/redirect plugins want to use and Yoast's at priority 99999

Version 5.5.2

  • Fix compatibility with Yoast WP SEO plugin when Force Title Rewrite option is on and using the Apply Globally setting of this plugin.

Version 5.5.1

  • Additional tweak to global callback processing

Version 5.5

  • Use wp_print_footer_scripts hook instead of wp_footer as some themes fail to call wp_footer();
  • Use own custom version of the anchor_utils class
  • Content, excerpt and comment filters no longer called when Apply Globally is selected. Improves performance.

Version 5.4.1

  • Troubleshooting release. Adds a few html comments in the page source to ensure hooks are being called.

Version 5.4

  • Handle nested parenthesis in javascript event attributes on links and images

Version 5.3.2

  • Temporarily placeholders links - http:// and https:// (no other url components) are no longer processed.

Version 5.3.1

  • Fix localization

Version 5.3

  • Fix: Conflict with Auto Thickbox plugin that would result in text widgets still being filtered even though option was turned off
  • Fix: Ensure this plugin filter is executed way back in the change to prevent other plugins/themes from reversing our changes
  • Code refactoring
  • WP 3.9 compat

Version 5.2.1

  • Checks for new sem_dofollow class to determine if Do Follow plugin is active
  • WP 3.8 compat

Version 5.2

  • Further updates to the link attribute parsing code
  • Fixed bug where external link was not processed if it was preceded by an empty text anchor link.

Version 5.1

  • Take two! With issues now with breaking google adsense code reverted back to 4.2 parsing code but added more advanced dom attribute parsing code to handle various link configurations.

Version 5.0

  • Completely replaced the mechanism for parsing links to resolve the various errors that have been occurring with different external services' link attributes
  • Tested with WP 3.7

Version 4.2

Version 4.1

  • WP 3.5 compat

Version 4.0.6

  • WP 3.0.1 compat

Version 4.0.5

  • WP 3.0 compat

Version 4.0.4

  • Force a higher pcre.backtrack_limit and pcre.recursion_limit to avoid blank screens on large posts

Version 4.0.3

  • Improve case-insensitive handling of domains
  • Improve image handling
  • Switch back to using a target attribute: work around double windows getting opened in Vista/IE7
  • Disable entirely in feeds

Version 4.0.2

  • Don't enforce new window pref in feeds

Version 4.0.1

  • Ignore case when comparing domains

Version 4.0

  • Allow to force a follow when the nofollow option is toggled
  • Enhance escape/unescape methods
  • Localization
  • Code enhancements and optimizations