Need help with WordPress functions!

Anyone who can help with some tips, code, links to guides or whatever, would be appreciated here

  1. Some of my embedded links just point to a web page. Well, most of them open in the same page instead of a new tab/window. I really want all of these links opening in a new tab, but the WP embed code does not accept the HTML code of “target=_blank”.

So far I’ve been unable to find anyone who can help me add this super simple function that is easy to add with normal links. I just need non A/V embedded sites to open in a new tab.

2) I want to convert my main page for which the default is a dynamic loading scroller, and is now massively huge, to the “index of pages” style where each page has a hard length limit and content is dynamically pushed to subsequent pages and you have an index at the top and bottom that users can click through to manually select pages.

3) I’m getting ready to setup google analytics. Will that allow me to see what links people click on so I can track link popularity?

4) Any recommendations for how to clean up my site so that it looks good both on desktop and mobile are appreciated. For me, the long link list style, well, I’m used to it from other sites over the decades so it doesn’t bother me, but I know that it’s no longer popular. It requires a lot more reading and is “wall of texty”, plus, as you can see, I like to comment on a lot of links and this doesn’t look very good on mobile.

I’m just green on how to do this, although I can certainly take queues from all the other sites I visit on design style, but I’m not yet familiar with what plugins or theme options might help me with this. I will be digging into more guides and stuff as I go through this, but any tips as I go along to get it spruced up faster are appreciated.


I’ll add more as I think of them. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Need help with WordPress functions!

  • November 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    1. target=_blank : not sure, but i believe this is no longer being recommended by some since you’d be attempting overriding the user intentions – you’d have to check on that, but personally i don’t do it and i don’t like when web admins try to trap me on their site

    2. not sure you can lazy-load text, but there are plugs that can do images and iframes (also modern browsers do this, but i don’t know how it works or whether all do this) – check out Lazy Loader by Florian Brinkmann – images and iframes – also Collapse-O-Matic might be of use to you

    personally i wouldn’t make the index page so long, but that’s just me

    3. i would not depend on any 3rd party service for stats, especially that evil pos company – also gaagle depends on users having JS enabled, so you’d never see stats from privacy advocates like me – there are several WP plugs that do stats – i respect user privacy, so i use a very minimal one – i don’t think this will work for you, but you can look at Statify and Statify – Extended Evaluation (the latter depends on the former)

    4. probably any of the default WP themes work well on mobile – it looks like you’re using a 3rd party theme? (colormag) – you might want to have a look at the older themes, like twenty-sixteen and work with something like that, although since you run a nice, clean, minimal site, any WP theme is might be overkill

    • November 22, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

      My main page is definitely too long, that’s why I want a plug in or something to auto break it up. After digging for awhile I found the term for it: Pagination.

      Apparently there is a built in function in WP but only for the blog and related pages, and not regular web pages, which seems strange to me. I then went to the plugin section and searched on the keyword.

      I found many pagination plugins, but again, they only work with the blog and related pages, which seems strange. I realize WP is mainly known for it’s blogging features, but in my case, I’m just doing a link list.


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