WordPress custom menu link target _blank

Jan 24 2013 Published by under How-to, Wordpress

Problem

In WordPress at least for custom links, it would be great to allow menu options to open in a new window/tab via the target=”_blank” element in the link tags. Controlling menus in the WP Menu tool is awesome, but many of the sites I work with have external links in the main navigation menus that need to open in a new tab.

Solution

Custom link nav-menu

 

jQuery('a[title="_blank"]').each(
	function(i) {
		jQuery(this).attr('target', '_blank');
		jQuery(this).attr('title', jQuery(this).text());
	}
);

Result

<a title=”_blank” href=”http://www2.allegiantair.com/”>Allegiant Air</a>

turns into

<a title=”Allegiant Air” href=”http://www2.allegiantair.com/” target=”_blank”>Allegiant Air</a>

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