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mfBlank: External link recognition with icon suffix

If you have a website, one of the main things you want to do is keeping your users to stay. That's why, when you link to an external website, most people will add the attribute target="_blank" (new window) to the link.

mfBlank This method can be pretty time consuming, especially when you're not using a WYSIWYG editor. For more user friendly links, you could also add a suffix icon to show a new window will open.

mfBlank does all this work for you! It recognizes outgoing links and adds the target="_blank" and an icon automatically. This way, you'll make sure to keep your visitors on your site.

The script is very small, but can be really useful for your website.

Are you tired of placing the target=_"blank" attribute to all links on your Joomla! website? mfBlank is your solution and it automatically adds a suffix icon to external links.

What does it do?

Exactly what is said above! Here is a small demo on how a website would look like (please take note that this is not a live demo).

  1. Every link in your content is being checked. If it is an internal link (a link to another article or page on your own website), nothing special is happening.

    This changes when you add an external link. A suffix image is being added and the URL will open in a new window.

Install for Joomla 1.0.x

  1. Log in to your back-end of the site
  2. Go to "Installers", "Mambots"
  3. Click on "Browse" and navigate to the downloaded ZIP archive
  4. Press "Upload File & Install"
  5. Go to "Mambots", "Site Mambots"
  6. Search for mfBlank
  7. Publish the mambot

Install for Joomla 1.5

  1. Log in to your back-end of the site
  2. Go to "Extensions", "Install/Uninstall"
  3. Click on "Browse" and navigate to the downloaded ZIP archive
  4. Press "Upload File & Install"
  5. Go to "Extensions", "Plugin Manager"
  6. Search for mfBlank
  7. Publish the plugin

Download

Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

For those users that have a dark background, you could try the white version of the external image:

Feel free to give feedback about this mambot/plugin. Enjoy using it!

Changelog

Version 1.1
  1. Added back-end parameters
  2. Change icon color (Dark / Light)
  3. Add/remove hover effect
  4. Add/remove suffix icon

UPDATE

I no longer will update this plugin for Joomla!

Peter from No Number was kind enough to release an upgraded version of this script (thanks!). Take note that I didn't properly test this script!

Download mfBlank - No Number version

Another great reader called Ewout also shared another version of this script. Feel free to test/check this one out too:

Download mfBlank - Ewout version


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