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Customize External Links and add Icon


This plugin adds and removes link relations such as nofollow and noreferrer to your external links. Furthermore, indication of external links by adding a custom icon to the link text. This plugin also adds automatically that external links will be opended in an new tab.

  • Add rel=nofollow for all the external links of your posts / pages / menus
  • Add target=_blank for all the external links of your posts / pages / menus
  • Exclude domains from addding rel=nofollow for the selected external links
  • Remove rel=noreferrer for all the external links of your posts / pages
  • Activate custom icon to indicate external links
  • Choose from different icons to mark links
  • Superscript Icon or regular size
  • Add custom CSS class to icon

The plugin is written by Janine, and is based on CyberNetikz Nofollow for external links plugin.


From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’.
  2. Search for ‘Customize External Links’.
  3. Activate Customize External Links from your Plugins page.


  1. Download Customize External Links plugin.
  2. Upload the ‘customize-external-links’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate Customize External Links from your Plugins page.

Once Activated

  1. Visit WordPress dashboard sidebar in ‘Settings > Customize External Links’.
  2. Customize settings based on your needs.


Can I exclude domain not to add ‘rel=nofollow’?

Yes, excluding certain domain names is possible. Please go to WordPress ‘Admin Panel > Settings > Customize External Links’ and enter domains.

Does this plugin work for custom post types?

Yes, custom post types are supported.


28 de diciembre, 2021
The plugin works well in conjunction with Extra Elegantthemes and the DIVI builder. Unfortunately despite checked “Noreferrer” option the tag does not appear in the page code.
7 de mayo, 2021
Nice. Does all you need for SEO, getting rid of the default “no referrer” attribute. I also like the fact that you do not have to rely on an external resource like Font Awesome for the icon : less bloat, faster site. == EDIT== Taking off 2 stars for now because, as mentioned by another user, it shows the external link icon with anchor links. Too bad. Please correct this.
6 de octubre, 2020
Very satisfied, works very well. Minus 1 star for the fact that page-internal links (#-Links, for example to jump to other post sections) are also marked as “external”. Otherwise fiull 5 stars, no problems after a few days of use.
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Contributors & Developers

“Customize External Links and add Icon” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • ready for WP 6.3
  • minor bugfixes
  • Fontawesome resource updated
  • added rate link


  • added noreferrer
  • fixed internal links starting with /#
  • ready for WP 6.2


  • fixed bugs in debug mode
  • ready for wp 6.0


  • fixed bugs in debug mode
  • ready for wp 5.9


  • fixed internal links starting with #
  • added manual field for icon/text
  • ready for wp 5.8


ready for wp 5.7


minor bug fix


icon won’t be added to internal (anchor) links anymore


minor css adjustments


Tested with WordPress WordPress 5.3


Minor bug fixes


Minor bug fixes


Initial release