Do you make external links open on a new tab?
25/01/2017 5:55 AM by
External links should open in a new tab (a.k.a. use target="_blank") - since browsers implemented tabs (replacing new window), it's considered a good practice to open external links in a different tab.
Main reasons are:
- Avoid 'Back-Button Fatigue';
- Keep 'User Flow';
- and keep a good track of Analytics
- Figure: Bad example - External link opening on the same tab
<a href="http://support.microsoft.com/support" target="_blank">Support</a>
- Figure: Good example - External link opening in a new tab
Do you feel this rule needs an update?