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Hyperlinks off-site best practice

12:04 pm on Jan 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a website that when customers want to make a purchase the booking links go 'off-site' to a sub-domain that is a vendor's content and site. I have been advised that it would be better to have these booking links opening as a new page so that customers might buy something else and stay on 'my' site when closing the vendor's page. Although ALL booking links go through to the same sub-domain. My current hyperlinks open (in Expression Web designed) as Page Default.

Which of the following would generally be recognised as being the better? My feeling is that New Window _blank but would appreciate advice from those in the know.

The hyperlink options in Expression Web are:

Page Default (None)
Same Frame _self
Whole Page _top
New Window _blank
Parent Frame _parent

Thanks for any advice, Gemini23
5:37 pm on Jan 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you do want a new window, then "_blank" is your solution. The other options will not open a new window.
10:48 am on Jan 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the comments here - it is appreciated. I have previously used _blank as the target for going to the vendor's website which has a similar 'skin' to my own website. But for the past year have included the vendor's site as being part of my own (it is a sub-domain)so target has been default. Without actually trialling this over several months and potentially losing a lot of income I will probably now stick with the default.

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