I get a wee bit frustrated when I try to have my blog cake and eat it too–when I try to link my reader to a great site or post without driving them from mine! As with many blogging platforms, a click on an embedded WordPress hyper-link refreshes the current page with the linked page. I have tried, in vain, to have the linked page open under a new tab. I have had a “Voila!” moment, folks!
In WordPress, a blogger highlights the word to be hyper-linked, and goes to the unbroken chain icon in the toolbar above the text box.
Upon clicking, a pop-up window gives the writer a field to enter the linked web address, its URL, and a field to enter a title that will hover over the designated word, giving your reader an idea of why you are sending them away from your prose. Directly below those two fields is box with the option to open this designated hyper-link in a new tab.