I stumbled on a really neat trick of creating a WordPress Page that points to an external link. Big deal! Well, it’s a big deal because I didn’t think it was going to work at all, but apparently it does. Here are some background information about WordPress Pages. A WordPress Page is a basically blog post that resides outside of the chronological order of posts. Examples of WordPress Pages are the About, Archives and Contact Pages. These Pages are usually displayed on the sidebars of countless WordPress themes. They also appear at the header of some WordPress themes as the main navigation bar.
What if you want to create a link that will point to an external link.
Here’s the trick. Create a blank WordPress Page by accessing the Dashboard > Pages > Add New. Place in the title bar the following format.
<a href=”your-external-link-here”>Your Title</a>
It’s an odd looking title to have the HTML codes included in them. Normally, HTML codes in the title bar are suppressed or are removed, but apparently it works with the current WordPress release. That’s all you have to do. Even if you add text to the Page, you will not see the Page at all because it redirects to an external link. Sort of like a hijacked page. It’s a neat trick. Works great. I use it with my Twitter Page link. See the sidebar.
You can do the same if you want to point to an internal link in the same domain. Just edit the Page’s permalink to point to your internal link.