I bet you must have tried different plugins to display related posts. But I am not sure why they have made it so complicated and come up with various algorithm. All I wanted was a simple, fast, efficient related post code that will display posts from same category with thumbnails. So I decided to write it myself and try to keep it as efficient as possible. Page load time is one of the factor in improving your PR after the Google Panda update. But at the same time, I wanted the related posts display to be pleasing to the visitors of my site. So here it is now I have shared with you all so that you can use the same for your wordpress site.
Major Features of KC Related Post By Category Plugin
- The KC Related Post plugin can automatically display posts from same category below the contents of the post. Alternatively, it has option to disable the automatic display and you can place the related post code manually in the single.php at any place of your choice. (This should be used by only those who are familiar with coding).
- It gives you two ways to display the related posts, either horizontal or vertical. If horizontal style is selected, you have the option to display the posts with thumbnail.
- This plugin uses advanced algorithm to get the image related to the post. First it will check if any thumbnail image is used in the post (latest WP attribute of featured image for post). If it does not find one, then it will check for any attached images in the post. Lastly if no image is found then it will scan through the post contents and then pick up the first available image to display for the post. After these three scans if it does not find any image then it will display the default “No Image”.
- Fast and efficient and SEO optimised.
- Display related posts from same category. This saves time to scan the posts from all the categories which often slows down the page loading time.
- Header text, number of posts, Max number of title chars can be configured through admin settings.
Here you can download the KC Related Posts By Category Plugin
Above all, I am here to help you with any issues you have. If you want to add more functionality or change the display of the Related Post, just drop an comment with your requirement and I will be more than happy to help you for FREE.
If you are using Thesis framework for wordpress then I have modified the above code to support Thesis. Read my earlier post to show Related Post for Thesis Theme without plugin.