Changing Link Targets

When I use the WYSIWYG editor to add a link to a word in my text body, is there a way of specifiying the target (blank, parent, self, etc).  My client isn't a code person

Thanks

Mathew Mathew, 7 years ago

It's not something built into the editor, no - but since it is an email, almost always the email client will open them in a new tab or window anyway.


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torweb, 7 years ago

Thanks for the reply...unfortunately, these aren't email (mailto) links but links to other web locations so I wanted to link them with target sent to _blank...

Oh well

Thanks again

lischq, 6 years ago

It is standard practice to have all links in an email open in a new window.
So as it is now, if I'm building a CM template for a client, and want to give them the ability to add links in content areas -- there will be no way for them to have these links open in a new window, unless they happen to know how to edit the source and manually put in target="_blank" or "_new" ?
I thought the point of templates was to make it easy for a non-tech person to build an enewsletter by themselves?

neonWired, 6 years ago

I think this is a serious flaw in the service that needs to be addressed. Links need to open in a blank window or you're taking people away from your email. At the moment any links in the template open in a new window and the ones in the content do not. That kind of inconsistency is a usability disaster.

fyredefyre fyredefyre, 6 years ago

I don't think it's a serious flaw, and as Matthew mentioned this only affects a minority of email clients, in particular web mail. I'd advise your client of this so they are aware.

This aside I'm sure Campaign Monitor would appreciate this being added as a enhancement so for others who feel the same should let it be known. I'd be all for it also.


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Mathew Mathew, 6 years ago

I'd be interested to know if there is a particular popular email client which doesn't actually open them in new windows automatically?

The ones I use just do that by default for all links. Perhaps neonWired you are just going off what happens in the preview window?


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admin.easycare, 6 years ago

For me the problem with this is not the email version of the campaign, but the web version. I am post the web version on an archive page on the company blog, and the easiest way to do it is to just put the web version inside of an iframe. and having the external links open up inside the iframe is terrible.

The email is designed to be 550px wide and that's how wide the space is on the blog where I post the web version to the archives. Imagine opening up a full sized website inside of a 550px wide iframe on another website. not pretty.

I truly wish i knew a simple way make links target blank globally for the web version.

Mathew Mathew, 6 years ago

In that specific case, you might be able to run some javascript to find all the links, and add the new window attribute, perhaps?


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admin.easycare, 6 years ago
Mathew :

In that specific case, you might be able to run some javascript to find all the links, and add the new window attribute, perhaps?

That sounds like a great idea. If I put javascript into a template, will it carry over to the web version? I assume the email version would strip it out, or that email readers would?

Mathew Mathew, 6 years ago

No, you would have to put it on the actual archive viewing page, not in the email itself as that will cause some problems in email clients.


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admin.easycare, 6 years ago
Mathew :

No, you would have to put it on the actual archive viewing page, not in the email itself as that will cause some problems in email clients.

That sounds great, but as far as I know there is no way to control what links inside of an iframe do from outside the iframe.

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