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: managewp.com