WHAT IS THIS PLUGIN USED FOR?
For server-side cloacking/hidding external links.
WHAT DOES THIS PLUGIN DO?
Plugin adds special URL input field on your item-post/item-edit pages, with server-side cloaking and redirect features. And more!
WHY THIS PLUGIN?
With NO plugin: you can create an ordinary URL Custom Field in Admin Dashboard and attach it to few or all categories you like, but it will be an ordinary VISIBLE link.
With External Link plugin: all the links will not be visible, the users will see in the page source code this (example):
http:// myosclasswebsite /oc-external/?ID=101
The only way users can access it will be to actually CLICK on it and be redirected on the server side.
External Link plugin comes with full set of features you may customize:
- Clicks Counter
Show both to the owner of the item and to visitors how many times someone visited the link. If you do not like this feature, you may simply disable it, but it may be useful.
- Auto-Embedding External Link Button
Plugin does not require any theme modifications at all, simply install the plugin, configure it and under 1 minute it will be ready! If you are advanced user and wish to place the external URL button at custom location, you may disable auto-embed feature in the settings and copy 1-line code wherever you like it to be.
- Maximum URL Length
By default, maximum URL length is set to 100 characters, but you may set any value between 50 and 250 characters.
- Preserve Data @ Database
By default, and for security reasons, when you uninstall the plugin, it will still keep the data (external links and stats for each item) in the database. If you wish to completely remove everything, you need to first activate this option in the plugin's settings page, and then perform the uninstall.
- External CSS style included
Plugin comes with its own CSS stylesheet that you can fully and easily customize! Of course, you may even disable it and pass your own or your theme's button CSS classes to automatically and efortlessly adjust it's appearance :)
- Multi-Language / International Support
Plugin comes with standard .po/.mo files in /languages subfolder that should be translated according to official Osclass guide.
- Show / Reveal URL link in <a href> title
EXTERNAL LINK SECURITY FEATURES
Plugin will fully validate each entered URL on secure server side (via PHP) and discard all invalid URLs to prevent storing junk, spam or dangerous SQL injection code.
Supported protocols: FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS
@ item page: (click on "Visit Site" button)
@ item post/edit page: (don't forget to select/change category first! then scroll down to External Link URL input field)
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For any pre-sales questions use Questions section here, or open a support ticket if you need help.
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Author Since : November, 2014