Displaying related content for your WordPress posts is a piece of cake with the Contextual Related Posts Plugin. But before getting the best out of it for your website, configuring the plugin to suite your requirements is an essential task. This article gives step by step guidelines on how to download, install and setup Contextual Related Posts plugin for beginners and experts alike. In this post, I will show steps to Configure Contextual Related Posts Plugin in WordPress.
Configure Contextual Related Posts Plugin in WordPress
Step 1: Download and Install the plugin
Search for the Contextual Related Posts plugin from the official WordPress website and click on the Download button to download the latest version. Then unzip the downloaded archive and add the contextual-related-posts folder to wp-content/plugins/ directory of your website. Now for the last step, visit your website’s backend and activate the plugin from the Plugins section.
Step 2: Go to the Settings page of the plugin
The Settings page of the plugin can be reached by the two methods given below.
- Select ‘Related Posts’ menu item from the Settings menu
- Select ‘Settings’ link next to the name of the plugin from the ‘Plugins’ section
Step 3: Configure General options
The following screen shows you the options that are available in the General options section. The General options lets you configure cache, metabox properties, set display location priority and also to select the content types that require related posts to displayed.
Step 4: Configure List Tuning options
List Tuning options section offers you the opportunity of configuring,
- The number of related posts to be displayed
- The cutoff period for posts
- Post types to be displayed as related content
- Post types to be excluded from being displayed as related content
- Whether to add relatedness based on post content as well as title
and many more. Configuring this section should be done completely based on your and your website’s requirements.
Step 5: Configure Output options
Another important section which lets you configure the output of related posts is the Configure Output section. Here you can
- Add custom HTML for related posts
- Setup whether to display excerpts, author name, date of the post
- Make changes to post title and excerpt lengths
- Exclude specific pages from displaying related posts
- Exclude certain types of content being displayed as related posts
Step 6: Configure Thumbnail options
The users of the Contextual Related Posts plugin has the opportunity of displaying thumbnails when displaying related content. This section allows you to set the location, dimensions, default thumbnail images etc. for the thumbnails.
Step 7: Configure Styles options
The Styles section has only a few configuration options. You can either choose to add no styles to related posts, add rounded thumbnails or altogether disable the display of thumbnails. This section also provides you the opportunity of adding custom styling or custom CSS to the header.
Step 8: Configure Feed options
Feed options is only applicable if you chose to add related posts to Feeds from the General options section. Making changes from this section will override the settings such as the number of related posts to display, show excerpt, location and dimensions of thumbnail when displaying related posts for feeds.
Once all the above sections are configured to your requirement, you can view the result from the frontend of your website. As you can see, the Contextual Posts plugin provides a vast amount of configuration options, giving you the opportunity of changing even the smallest detail. If you are looking for a related posts plugin with advanced options, this just might be what you have been looking for.