How to use the link control type properly GB-Blocks

Hey there,

I’m struggling with setting up a link control for a Gutenberg-Block. What I want to achieve is a social-icon which links to the corresponding platform, such as Facebook, insta and so on.

My markup looks like that:

<a href="#"><svg /> </a>

My setup looks like the following. First I’ve tried only to use the link-control which doesn’t gave me any output. Then I’ve tried to maybe fetch that output with an expression, which results either in a blank output or in a javascript [Object object] message. Which let’s me assume that the link-control holds more information than only the link.

As a workaround I’ve ended up using a blank input control and referenced it to use as “Attribute”, but that’s not the prettiest solution!

Is there anything I did wrong? Did anyone faced a similar issue?

One more thing regarding links: Is there any possibility to prevent Gutenberg from open that links when clicking on those icons? For example I’ve set up a fixed target=“_blank” on those icons and whenever I click them inside the editor to change something the link gets opened! :wink:

TIA for your help!

Short update: I’ve managed now to make it work. Don’t know what exactly the problem was. However there is still one more thing regarding the target attribute.

I’ve set a static target=“_blank” to my social-icons. But whenever that target is present it sends the block in recovery mode at page load. I’ve also tried to use it with controls for toggling between target _self and target _blank, but in any case the block goes in recovery mode then.

Maybe Gutenberg doesn’t like that target attribute on blocks? I’ve found that discussion here on Github (target="_blank" is causing bug on "Attempt Block Recovery" · Issue #41677 · WordPress/gutenberg · GitHub). Didn’t dive too deep into Gutenberg-React code yet, but what I think to know is that there is a render and a save function available and I have to put it into the save function, but I’m not sure if Pinegrow let’s me do that?! So how would I open a link in a new tab (preferable without that behaviour that it opens the link inside of gutenberg on click), does anyone have an idea!? :slight_smile:

@Wolfgang.Hartl for links with _blank, WP adds rel=“noopener”. This happens after the save code is generated by the block code. As a result, save code and code stored in the post don’t match and WP displays the Block recovery notice.

One solution is to add rel="nooppener" to links with _blank in HTML project.

For dynamic target attributes (for example with Toggle), PG adds the rel if the value of the target is _blank.

Here is the code snippet with SVG icon that works ok in my tests:

<a href="#" cms-block-field="icon_url" cms-block-field-type="link" cms-block-field-title="Icon url" cms-block-field-2="target" cms-block-field-title-2="Target" cms-block-field-type-2="attr" cms-block-field-attribute-2="target" cms-block-field-control-2="toggle" cms-block-field-checkbox-value-2="_blank"><svg xmlns="" width="1em" height="1em" fill="currentColor" class="bi bi-arrow-down-left-circle-fill" viewBox="0 0 16 16" data-pg-collapsed style="font-size: 4rem;">
        <path d="M16 8A8 8 0 1 0 0 8a8 8 0 0 0 16 0zm-5.904-2.803a.5.5 0 1 1 .707.707L6.707 10h2.768a.5.5 0 0 1 0 1H5.5a.5.5 0 0 1-.5-.5V6.525a.5.5 0 0 1 1 0v2.768l4.096-4.096z"/>

For some reason, the approach that worked before (PG automatically setting href to # in edit) doesn’t work anymore. Will try to do something else.

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Hey @matjaz thanks for your answer.

I’m gonna test it out and come back if it doesn’t work. Thanks for the detailed information!


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