Should Links Be Opened in New Tabs?

I linked to a previous article on this subject in December. This new article seems to lean towards keeping the user/visitor on the same page when clicking a link. As I stated in my previous post I am against links opening in the same page, obliging visitors to use the browsers back button, something which I had been told was a sin in web design lectures!

I do agree however with Tom in the sense that there are many different types of links and that from a user experience perspective we need to rethink how they are handled. keeping a user on a specific page may result in an e-commerce transaction being completed where as opening in another tab may result in a lost sale. Should internal links open on the same page and external ones in a new tab? Should internal and external links be treated the same?

I am very tempted to carry out a user experience study on this, I think the results could be very interesting, If I do I will post all the details on here.

Read Tom’s article here. Via:

Why External Links Should Open in New Tabs

One of my absolute pet-hates in Web Design, (IE6 is #1). Of course external links should open in a separate tab. Visitors to any website should not need to use their browser back button to get back to the original page they were on.

I am a big fan of target=”_blank”

Here is a very well written article from UX Movement, with very valid reasons why external links require separate tabs.

Read the full article here.

Welcome to uzaBee, a blog about all things UX, SEO & general Web Design

Welcome to uzaBee, a blog about all things UX, SEO & general Web Design

I have finally managed to get this blog up and running again, with a name change and a new look.

Usability and User Experience in web design is still somewhat in it’s infancy, new buzz words keep cropping up all over the web, techniques and methodologies go in and out of fashion very quickly and common web-wide standards for website usability are as of yet non-existant.

It is a great time to be working in this particular field, be it through industry, academia, freelancing or just from a personal interest point of view.

I will be posting all of the most interesting articles I have found and find concerning UX, SEO and Web Design on this blog.