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BWP External Links 1.1.0 with Exciting New Features!

Support for this plugin has been moved to the BWP Community!

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve ever updated my external links plugin, not because it is not an interesting plugin, but rather because of other important plugins that I need to take care of. Anyway, with this formal release of BWP External Links (1.1.0) you will enjoy two new features:

1. Page-wide link processing

In the initial version of this plugin you could only process links inside post contents and comment text, which is of course ideal in most cases. However, knowing the fact that links in widgets should be processed also, I’ve decided to add two more options, i.e. text widgets processing and page-wide processing. Page-wide processing allows you to process all links on any given page. This feature is cool, but should be used with caution ;).

2. Improve support for links pointing to sub-domains

This plugin should now be able to mark all links pointing to deep sub-domain links local. For example will be marked as local if you choose to ignore links pointing to all sub-domains; or you can mark it as local by ignoring some sub-domains, and specifying as a sub-domain to ignore. Wildcards supports will be in 1.2.0 if there’s enough request for that.

A Danish translation has also been added to the package (thanks to Randi!). There are some bug fixes as well as improvements for Multi-site websites (please check the full changelog for more details). Download the new version now and enjoy!

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15 Opinions for BWP External Links 1.1.0 with Exciting New Features!

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    dean May 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm – Permalink

    Changing settings doesn’t seem to work. When I change it to only process links in comments, the settings don’t change.

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      OddOneOut May 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm – Permalink

      Hi dean,

      I can’t seem to reproduce the issue you mentioned, did you mean that checkboxes were automatically rechecked (when you uncheck post contents and text widgets) or something?

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    dean May 30, 2011 at 3:20 am – Permalink

    Yes. Uncheck posts and widgets, save changes and all three are still checked.

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      OddOneOut May 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm – Permalink

      Have you tried changing other options with checkboxes, such as attributes, CSS, etc.? Could you please tell me more about your site? Do you use Multi-site? Did you update from 1.0.1 or use the plugin from 1.1.0? Do you use any other BWP plugins on your website?


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    dean May 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm – Permalink

    I am new to WordPress and just getting started. I have it on a single site and installed into the root directory for the domain. I’m pretty sure the hosting params are Apache with PHP5 and MySQL. I have other plugins, but no other BWP plugins. The other plugins with configuration can be changed via the dashboard. BWP External Links 1.1.0 . I tried changing other things like uncheck rel = external and use minimal css and nothing seems to change when I click Save Changes. It just reloads the defaults.
    I can look at the database through PHPMyadmin. I don’t see any tables or fields that might be associated with BWP External Links. I would only want the nofollow added to links in comments, since that is the only place that spammers or bots could possibly add links.

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      dean May 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm – Permalink

      Could permissions have anything to do with it? All of the directories for BWP External Links are set to 755. All the files are set to 644.

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      OddOneOut May 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm – Permalink

      Are you using WordPress 3.1.3 or 3.2? By default WordPress put rel=’nofollow’ into all links in comments, so you wouldn’t need a plugin actually, or do you want to put rel=’nofollow’ into external links only?

      Anyway, it’s good to hear that you have PHPMyAdmin, please open the wp_options table and look for an option with this name: bwp_ext_general, it’s the item that holds all options of BWP External Links. If you can’t find it then we are indeed facing some serious problems.

      Could permissions have anything to do with it? All of the directories for BWP External Links are set to 755. All the files are set to 644.

      No, I don’t think so. 755 and 644 is good.

      How may I contact you privately to send patches and experimental versions? Thanks.

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        dean May 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm – Permalink

        I have the bwp_ext_general row in wp_options. Changing by editing in PHPMyAdmin from “yes” to “no” for enable post and enable widget doesn’t seem to work.
        I have WordPress 3.1.3 so maybe it is already doing what I want. I’ll have to check that out, thanks.
        You can contact me privately by initially using the contact form at

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    Colin Gardom July 29, 2011 at 2:31 am – Permalink

    WordPress 3.2.1 BWP-EL 1.1.1

    Having a little problem with images placed by Zemanta. Not sure if this happens yet with images I place in manually (I expect it might).

    What happens is that in the normal post an external image works Ok. But when I search for the same page and it appears under the search page the image link then goes through BWP EL.

    See here: (NORMAL)
    the img tag: (SEARCH)
    img tag:

    This is not an hyperlink issue but one with fetching images.
    Any ideas welcome.

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      Colin Gardom July 29, 2011 at 2:32 am – Permalink

      Sorry about that, used your tags wrong and can’t edit the post, hope it’s understandable.

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    Colin Gardom July 29, 2011 at 2:43 am – Permalink

    Here is the html out of the search page, as you’ll see its altered an src.

    ##### works as it should in link below #####

    ###### important bit below #######

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      OddOneOut July 29, 2011 at 8:25 am – Permalink

      I can’t access any of your post. By the way, the img tags in both NORMAL and SEARCH mentioned in your comment are the same… They do look broken though.

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        Colin Gardom July 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm – Permalink

        Thanks for looking. I stated to mess instead of leave alone for people to check out, sorry but possibly why you’d see nothing.

        Anyway, the theme was doing thumbs different, plus other nasties, so I’m dropping the them and testing a different one.

        Before I did this, I removed the themes way of thumbing, installed thumbnail gen, and altered the code in the theme. This worked. Not done coding much for a long time and forgot most of what I learned so find things difficult. Never could see why ex-links wanted to change an image tag, thought it just targeted h-links.

        Anyway, thanks for looking, maybe it’s a bug someone else will pick up on.


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    Marc August 20, 2011 at 2:16 am – Permalink

    Hi Khang – thanks for this great plugin. I’m using it with the (use with caution) page-wide setting on, but only because I need it to function on links from my custom nav menu.

    I have put together a social links menu using the WordPress menu system, but currently there is no setting for target in the built in menu system.

    Would it be possible to make custom nav menus an option in a future release of your plugin? Then I wouldn’t have to use the page-wide.

    Thanks for your great work.

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      OddOneOut August 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm – Permalink

      Hi Marc, thanks for using BWP External Links!

      If WordPress has a filter for the links in menu, it will be pretty easy. Otherwise we will have to stick to the page-wide setting. I will investigate further and will consider this for the next version.

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