Automatically add an external link icon to WordPress content

Here’s a cool plugin for WordPress that I just discovered. This External Link plugin allows you to process and style external links. Adding a link ‘notification icon’ to all external links within your content. It’s super useful for me because the WordPress theme I’m using for this site doesn’t style links in a way that’s entirely visible to visitors.

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

  • Process all outgoing links, rather than only those within your entries’ content and text widgets.
  • Add an external link icon to outgoing links. You can use a attribute on links to override this.
  • Add rel=nofollow to the links. You can use a rel=”follow” attribute on links to override this.
  • 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.

Here’s the link to the External Link WordPress plugin  (<— see?!).

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