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[How-To Guide] Open Comments In New Window In WordPress

Already, I have shared a how to guide on avoiding spam comment using .htaccess method and now in this post I’m sharing a how to guide on opening comment in new window in WordPress. By default, WordPress comment open in same window and the visitor who click on comment author’s link will taken off from the site. This is bit annoying to me so, I find a way to get the link open in new window. Here is a step-by-step guide on opening comment in new window:

Step1: Log-in into cPanel (URL mentioned below) and click on “File Manager” as shown below:

http://www.domainname.com/cpanel (replace domainname with your domain)


Step2: When you click on “File Manager” it open a new window, i.e. root directory. Now select “wp-includes” folder as shown below:


Step3: In “wp-includes folder” select “comment-template.php” file (as shown below) and click on “Edit” option in navigation menu.


Step4: Now in “comment-template.php” file search for the function “get_comment_auhtor_link” (as shown below). After finding the function “get_comment_author_link” search for the line as mentioned below:

$return = "<a href='$url' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>$author</a>";


Step5: Now replace the function (in step4) with the function as mentioned below and click on “Save Changes” button as shown below:

$return = "<a target=”_blank” href='$url' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>$author</a>";


Step6: Congratulations, you have successfully changed the comment-template.php file and now the comments will open in new browser tab.


Back-Up file comment-template.php before making any changes in it.

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  • Bligbook

    Great article……probably this could increase my page views and decrease bounce rate…

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