As many of you might know I’ve created a plugin called Post Connector and it’s been up and available for download for some time now. Although most client feedback are positive, I do get a “It’s pretty complicated to work with” support ticket once every while. After asking these clients what they are trying to accomplish with the plugin and what part they find difficult to do, it’s been the same answer every time.
I’m trying to show related posts below my posts, how do I set this up?
I don’t want to get to deep into Post Connector, but it basicly allows you to create many-to-many relationships between (custom) post types (if you want to learn more about Post Connector, click here). To accomplish this the client needs to setup what we called a “connection” to define the sort of relation between post types, and these connections come with quite some configuration.
I’ve realized over the past months that while this might make sense to me, because I’m a developer, this can be abracadabra for non developers. And these “non developers” were also using Post Connector, not for the ability to setup these powerful many-to-many connections, but to achieve a fast and reliable way of displaying related posts.
A new plugin: “Related Posts for WordPress”
As of today you can use the power of Post Connector just to create related posts. I’ve took a part of the Post Connector core and created a new plugin around it. Related Posts for WordPress comes with a plugin installation wizard that will setup the posts cache and, if desired, setup a user configurable amount of related posts automatically. So even when you’ve a got blog with thousands of posts, you can link them all to each other with a single click. Pretty cool, huh?
After the initial setup is done you can get back to what you love, writing posts. On the next post you write you’ll notice a new meta box below your content called “Related Posts”. After writing your post simply click the “Add Related Posts” button and make a selection from the pre-selected posts we think are related. And we don’t just suggest related content based on category or tags, we thoroughly scan you posts and determine relation between them based on what you’ve wrote.
Another good thing to mention is by using Related Posts for WordPress you’re not slowing down your website. Because we’re caching related posts, and aren’t determining what posts are related on each page view, we won’t lag or stress your server and thereby keeping your website fast.
That’s it. No complicated or big setup to get the plugin working. Simply install the plugin and you’ll have real related posts on your website with one simple click. Give it a try now, by downloading it from the WordPress.org repository for free.
I’m really happy with how this plugin turned out and already got a lot of ideas for future versions of it. If you have any after reading this post, please do let my know by leaving a comment below.