There seems to be confusion over these
two, completely different things. One is a legitimate, band saving, navigational
the other is the bane of the Internet !
I force a new window often on my sites,
for which some complain to me about having excessive " pop ups ! " Now
if you call a pop up, any new window that opens automatically, you are,
by your definition, right. However, there are valid and useful reasons
for forcing a new window, that do not fall under the category of " pop
Park this in your head tags, with the
proper < and > and it will force a new page for every link. Which cut
my band use to less than a 1/3rd of its former levels. Do be certain however,
to warn your viewer clearly that the links will do this.
We have all seen," good "sites that go offline for the day, an hour, the rest of the week because they have gone over the limit of their daily or even monthly, band usage. My personal site, before I was able to go paid, would go off-line literally daily, for excessive band use.
Even paid hosts have limits on how much
your allowed. Loading pages over and over, that have already been loaded
once, wastes the sites band limits, and is bad nettiquete on the part of
Consider this, many people hate the no right click bit, mainly because you " can't " open a new window. A lot of people prefer to do so in order to surf. If I get on a site with no right click and I am forced to re load the menu over and over, I don't often stay. I have better things to do than wait around to reload a page over and over. Forcing a new window, allows you to have your no right click to prevent some forms of theft, yet allow your viewer to surf comfortably and spare your band usage, all at the same time.
Now, is there a legitimate use for real pop ups ? Yes, for a whole variety of things this is a perfectly legit tool. However, I would recommend to avoid a deliberate pop up of any kind, if at all possible .
It's been so over used, that everybody has a pop up killer nowadays, and will just get annoyed at you that they have to do extra stuff, to get whatever it is, to open whaterver it is. If you are going to use one for any reason, Tell the viewer that it is one BEFORE they hit the button.
Or your viewer will curse you or worse, just leave, as they figure the link is broken, if they happen to have their pop up killer set to, no notice mode. Mine shows up with a little icon when it kills a pop up, so if I am trying to open something and it won't open becuase it's a pop up, I know why. But not everyone has theirs set up this way. Most don't WANT to be informed, they just want them gone !