Yuzo Related Posts plugin has won the heart of many WordPress web owners, mainly by its stylish user interface and the numerous features it offers. Known for being highly customizable, the plugin has a surprisingly simple configuration process. This article provides detailed steps to Setup Yuzo Related Posts Plugin in WordPress for all the novice and advanced users.
Features of Yuzo Related Posts Plugin
- Display post visits in the list of posts in dashboard
- Customize the post thumbnail (size, height and width)
- Add related only to specific post or page
- Add related content to specific content types (posts, pages, attachment etc.)
Setup Yuzo Related Posts Plugin in WordPress
Step 1. Plugin Installation
Go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New. Search “Yuzo related posts”. You will see Yuzo – Related Posts plugin as shown below. Click Install Now button to install the plugin.
The Settings page of the plugin is where all the configuration options are available and there are 2 methods to navigate to this page. Click on the ‘Settings’ link next to the plugin name or select ‘Yuzo – Related Posts’ from the main WordPress ‘Settings’ menu.
Configure Main settings
The Settings page consists of 3 major tabs and the first tab consists of the Main settings of the plugin. This tab is divided in to 3 sections namely basic, medium and advanced.
- Basic Main settings
The basic section lets the user choose and customize the title to be displayed above the related posts and also to set the number of posts to be displayed.
- Medium Main settings
This section allows you to do more advanced customizations to the related posts such as selecting the type of related posts, adding default images, setting a post order, adding target links etc.
- Advanced Main settings
You can do further advanced settings such as customizing related posts of the home page, displaying only the same type of related posts to the current content type, exclude certain categories IDs and tags, etc. in the Advanced main settings section.
Configure Styling settings
Yuzo as mentioned earlier is quite popular for its styling options and has an attractive user interface for your related posts. The Styling settings section has advanced styling options for all aspects of the plugin. This section is divided in to 3 parts as Custom styling, Effect on related and Text.
- Custom styling settings
Custom styling is where you can select how your related posts should be arranged for display. Here the user has the option of selecting one from the 4 given styles and also to set the values for thumbnail, background, margin and padding options.
- Effect on related styling settings
You can choose a visual effect to be displayed when a user’s mouse pointer hovers over a related post thumbnail image. There are three styling options as shown below,
- Text styling settings
This section allows you to add styling to the titles and excerpts of the related posts displayed. You can change the font sizes, lengths and colors of text or select a style from a set of predefined themes. If you wish to have your own custom text styles the plugin also lets you add custom css.
Configure Productivity settings
The Productivity settings section serve a whole different aspect of configuring related posts. You can change the settings related to counting post visits, display visit counts in related posts, change metabox settings and enable the Yuzo widget from this section.
As you can see from the configuration guidelines above, Yuzo offers a large number of features to configure the related posts on your website. While some plugins focus only on the features, Yuzo stands out by giving a weight to user interface and styling as well. The plugin’s settings are well organized, easy to understand and is able to give the desired output for your website’s content.