I couldn't find this on Hubpages somewhere. Does someone knows if it's possible to open a link in another screen? It looks illogical to me not to feature this options, for you lose your reader by using links.
No, this feature doesn't exist on HubPages. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/120125#post2543080
Here's how to do it (scroll down the page for further explanations):
As it is now, there is no way to have links open in new tabs on Hubpages. There was a good discussion about this going in a thread last week about the new Amazon capsules. Marina Lazarevic summed it up well: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/124092? … ost2626651
This feature does exist. Georgie Lowery sent me this answer when I asked the same question:
When you're in the editor of a text capsule, click the "html" link on the toolbar of that window. You will see the string of HTML for your link, just edit it the way I've done it in the image above. yourlink.com" target="_blank"
It can be done by manipulating HTML coding, but, as I said before, it's not a feature offered by HubPages. And I don't think HubPages approves of manipulating the coding, either: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/121864#post2584269
If HP felt that strongly about it, the code change would be changed (stripped) at the time of save. It is not. I have used it many times when I hyperlink and do not want the reader to leave my hub.
If you do not know how to do it you should look in to it.
Actually, Paul Deeds was the one who explained on the forum how to do this. HP provides the option while editing to open and apply HTML.
Can you provide a link to where Paul Deeds explains this?
Sorry, it was Matthew Meyer:
Yes, that was seven months ago.
This is what he had to say four months later: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/121864#post2584269
Paul has always strongly advised against making links open in new tabs or windows. I can well imagine there was some lack of communication on the matter between Paul and Matt that has since been rectified.
Actually, in Matthew's post he linked to a thread where Paul D. voiced the same opinion. So, that opinion has always been his and Matthew knew that, which is why he provided a link to Paul's post.
People disagree on whether it helps the user. I think it does and I use it. HP gives each Hubber the option. Nothing has changed since Matthew's post seven months ago. Certainly, you don't have to use the option if you don't want to. You can allow your user to fly off your Hub and never find his way back.
One recent forum discussion was about the fact that Squidoo Amazon capsules seemed to convert better than the ones on HP. So HP has made some changes. The change they didn't make was opening Amazon in a new window. It worked well for Squidoo.
I'm not finding the link where "Paul D. voiced the same opinion". Can you point me in the right direction?
I'm not saying that I disagree with links opening in new tabs or windows. To the contrary; I'd be all for it. I'm simply saying that it's not a feature offered by HubPages, and, as far as I know, manipulating HTML in order that links do open in new tabs or windows is not encouraged by HubPages.
Up until today, I was under the impression having links open in new tabs could not be done on Hubpages. FYI, if you use target="blank" the code will be stripped. If you use target="_blank" it won't. I'm also curious to know if there is an official rule on this.
In the link in Matthew's post, Paul voices the same opinion as he had in the post you linked to:
No, Paul doesn't think it is the best approach. He had that opinion seven months ago, four months ago, and management still has that opinion in the most recent thread about opening Amazon capsules in new windows.
The feature IS offered by HubPages. Read Matthew's post. He explains how to do it in the editing capsule if you choose to do that on your Hubs. It's your option to use it or not, which is why the system will accept the code.
HP also encourages us to give followed links for Public Domain image credits. At the same time, HP tells us that it is not a requirement. That, too, is your option. HP encourages us not to use all caps in Titles, but that is not a requirement; that is an option. And so on . . . HP understands that there are differing opinions.
My goodness. It's obviously not a readily available option offered by HubPages, or there would be a simple box to click in order to make links open in new tabs or windows.
And even Matthew Meyer's post on this very thread hardly seems to encourage the practice of manipulating HTML in order that links open in new tabs or windows.
Show me a piece of text formulated by Paul Deeds that absolutely recommends manipulating HTML in order that links open in new tabs or windows.
Through a link to this article, Paul Deeds advises AGAINST links opening in new tabs and windows: http://webdesign.anmari.com/2820/dont-f … w-windows/
I right click and choose from options of open in another window, open in another tab which is my preference.
I'm assuming you're referring to a link added to a hub? I only know how to do this by editing the HTML. If you choose to edit the HTML, you'd look for something like:
<a href="URL-LINKING-TO">Text Here</a>
Simply add target="_blank" like so: <a href="URL-LINKING-TO" target="_blank">Text Here</a>
Jayne, why don't you just decide not to use the option. That's OK, too.
For others reading this thread, here's a couple more opinions to consider:
http://uxmovement.com/navigation/why-ex … n-new-tabs
http://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/3 … new-window
And, there is such a thing as back-navigation fatigue.
The point is that it's not an option intentionally provided or encouraged by HubPages. It's merely a possibility. So please don't feed people information that isn't true!
It is intentionally provided as an option. If HP didn't want it to be an option, the code would not be allowed, as many other codes are not. Matthew Meyer explained how to do this within the HP system. This is factual.
Opening links in a new window also increases a visitor's time on the page, which lowers bounce rate, improves search rankings and visitor engagement metrics used to evaluate a Hub's performance.
It is NOT intentionally provided. It's a possibility. I won't use it in case HubPages decides to remove the possibility. As I've already said, an intentional option would be a simple box to click in order to make links open in new tabs or windows. If manipulating HTML to make links open in new tabs or windows is an intentional and encouraged option, I'm sure we'll find an explanation of how to do it in the help section/Learning Center. As for Matthew Meyer explaining how to do this within the HP system seven months ago on a forum thread on which Paul Deeds advises against it; we've already been through that earlier in this thread and established that Matthew Meyer's tune has since changed.
As far as the advantages of opening links in new tabs and windows is concerned, I agree with you.
I agree on this. I use the right button to open a new window as well. But I know many people who don't know this option. Depending on the target group of my hub I want to have the choice to simply check a box 'open in a new window'. It is not something for Hubpages to decide what I want. If I'm using wrong options too much I will be punished with low scores. Isn't that where this score things are for?
Can someone give me a summary of this code. I got lost in a 'blank' discussion with or without underscores. Thanks dear people:)
Using the "target=_blank" code is something I usually do when providing a link - I prefer that people have the option to switch back to my page easily.
As a very new HP user, I'm surprised that there isn't a checkbox we can use to select his option. I'm fine with adding the code myself.
Basically, it comes down to personal choice, doesn't it?
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