Version 6.0 of the External Links WordPress plugin has been released. The biggest reason to upgrade is performance. The version 5.x releases had a lot to be desired and added a drain to site loaded. I’m embarrassed about it. Thanks to David and Alex for pointing this out on the External Links wordpress.org plugin area. Good news is that things are much, much quicker now. (Note that the Auto-Thickbox plugin used the link parsing logic and suffered poorer performance than necessary. It has been upgraded as well).
Semiologic Google Analytics 5.0 is a major release of the plugin and adds new Event tracking capabilities and better insights into your site’s traffic.
Version 5.0 includes the following enhancements and improvements:
Search engine Land just posted Google’s Matt Cutts: I Recommend NoFollowing Links On Widgets.
Matt Cutts said, “I would recommend putting a nofollow, especially on widgets.”
If your a WordPress user, Semiologic’s External Links plugin can accomplish this for you without the need to manually enter rel=”nofollow” in all your outgoing links in your sidebar, header and footer widgets.
Version 4.3 of the External Links WordPress plugin has been released. This version has been tested with WordPress 3.6 and adds compatibility with PHP 5.4. This version also fixes a few bugs reported through the Auto Thickbox support forum on wordpress.org.