Control and choice

I read a post on facebook today that asked people with websites to please make their links open in a new window. I was nodding in agreement until I read some of the comments. There was some interesting feedback suggesting this isn’t the correct thing to do.

Firstly, if the link opens in the same window, the reader can choose to open it in a new tab/window by right clicking. It’s an extra click but they have a choice.

Secondly, it is better for SEO not to send people away from your site.

Thirdly, if you send the reader off to a new tab/window, they can’t use the back button.

Apparently, the only time you should use a new window is where the reader is on a shopping basket page or when filling in a form and won’t want to lose their place. Or if the link is taking them to a file or attachment and not to another url.

You can read more about it in Smashing Magazine’s article. The comments under the post continue the debate as people argue the case back and forth. The article can be found by clicking the link below but, be warned, it will open in a new window because I’m still not convinced. Personally, I like a new window.

Should links open in new window?

Seems there are two types of web user – which are you? Vote with #samewindowortab or #newwindowortab


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