External Links 6.0 Released

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 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).

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No Following Links in WordPress Widgets

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.

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