WP Links

Take total control over your links

The first tab in the plugin’s settings allows you to control the external links. If you turn on the “Settings for external links” option, a new group of settings will appear below.

Once saved, the plugin will take over the control of your external links based on the settings you’ve selected.

WP Links external links settings

Open External Links

Choose the way your outgoing links will behave. You can open them:

  • in the same window/tab/frame,
  • each in a new window (for example, if you click on three links, you would end up having three new windows or tabs),
  • all in the same window (the first link will open in a new window/tab, but if you click on the second link, it would load over the first one instead of opening the second window/tab),
  • in the topmost frame (a new link would always load in the same, topmost frame available on the page).

Set follow or nofollow

All external links (those not linking to your own site) would get the chosen attribute.

Also add to rel attribute

  • Add “noopener” – prevents potentially malicious sites to take control of your site,
  • Add “noreferrer” – do not send refer information to the linked site,
  • Add “external” – marks the link as an external one (not part of the site that linked to it),
  • Add “sponsored” – mark a sponsored link that you got paid for,
  • Add “ugc” – user generated content, marks links created by users.

Set title

Use this {title} for the original title value and {text} for the link text (or {text_clean} for text stripped of HTML) as shown on the page.

Add CSS class(es)

If you would like to add specific CSS classes to your external links, you can do that here.

Choose icon type

Want an icon displayed next to outgoing links? Just select one here and save settings.

  • Image – select an image and upload it from your computer,
  • Dashicon – choose one of the WordPress icons,
  • Fontawesome – choose one of the Fontawesome icons.

Icon position

If you decide to use the icon, you can set it left or right of the external link.

Skip icon with <img>

When using icons for your external links, all your links will automatically get an icon. If you link an image to an external source, the image will also get the selected icon. You can turn on this option to skip adding icons to images in that case.