Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

You can show related posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget plugin. It has many more features and is highly customizable. With some information, you can display the posts anywhere within the desired widget area of the website. One of the most useful applications of this plugin is to display the posts in the sidebar on the basis of taxonomy and terms or by selecting post types available. The free Flexible Posts Widget plugin to show related posts in WordPress has over 30,000 downloads and a good 4.9 out of 5-star rating.

Features of Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
  • Display posts by a list of post IDs or post type or taxonomy & term.
  • Can skip the number of posts to be displayed and show the posts in the desired number
  • The post feature image can be displayed or hidden as required
  • Control the display of post feature image in different sizes.
  • Supports Multiple Languages
  • Show Related Posts in WordPress

Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

Step 1: Install and activate Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

Go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New and search for Flexible Posts Widget Plugin in the search box.

Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

Hit Install Now button and then activate the plugin.

Step 2: Using Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

Once you have activated the plugin, you have to go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard. Under the Available Widgets section, you can see the new widget called Flexible Posts Widget.

Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

To activate the widget drag it to the sidebar or click on it and select Add Widget button. Now the Flexible posts widget is added to your website.

Step 3: Customizing Flexible Posts Widget

After Flexible posts widget is added to the sidebar, click on Flexible posts widget box inside the sidebar which opens the plugins setting box as shown below.

Flexible Posts Widget Plugin comes with the following configuration options:
  • Widget title: Widget title is the name of the widget. You can leave it blank if you don’t want any title.
  • Get post by: This option allows you to get the post by three different ways.
    • Post Type: Post Type tab has Pages, Posts and Media post type to get posts. We can select single or multiple post types to display the respective posts.
      Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
    • Taxonomy & Terms: Any taxonomy like the regular categories and tags or any custom taxonomy you have created can be used.
      Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
    • ID: The third tab is the ID tab for getting the posts directly with post IDs. If you give ID values in this field, any settings in the Post Type tab and Taxonomy & Terms tab will be ignored.
      Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
  • Display options: You can sort the posts, limit the number of posts and order posts in various ways under this section.
    • Ignore sticky posts: You can choose to hide or display the sticky posts.
    • Number of posts to show: You can limit the number of posts in the widget by giving a number here.
    • Number of posts to skip: This field skips the number of initial posts that you don’t want to display.
    • Order posts by: With this field, you can order the display of posts by date, title, ID, author, slug and many others.
      Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
    • Order: This field helps you to sort the posts in ascending or descending order
      Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
  • Display thumbnails: Selecting this check-box displays the featured image along with the post. You can choose the size of the image to display only if you choose to display the thumbnail.
    Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin
  • Template filename: In this field, you can select the template that you want the widget to use.
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Flexible Posts Widget does not add any styles or scripts to your theme. It is designed to work within your existing theme. So to adjust any font, color, alignment and image size, you’ll need to edit your theme’s style. You can now browse your website to see the widget in your sidebar as shown below,

Show Related Posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget Plugin

This is a really useful plugin however it lacks the ability to display a post excerpt or add a custom link to the post. In this way, you can show related posts in WordPress with Flexible Posts Widget plugin in WordPress.

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Kantiman Bajracharya

Kantiman Bajracharya

Kantiman Bajracharya is a freelance web developer. He is a computer geek who has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. He has earned lots of satisfied customers while working for numerous successful projects. He is also a WordPress theme creator and web article writer. On free time he likes reading philosophy books, traveling and playing chess.

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