Display & Style Related Posts For Your WordPress Site

How much do you really know about the bounce rate? In essence, the term represents the percentage of initial visitors who bounce to another site instead of continuing to read the pages of your website. It’s quite clear that you will want to keep your bounce rate to a minimum. One great way of doing so is by learning how to display related posts in WordPress. Don’t worry – just like with almost every other functionality you want to achieve, WordPress gives you an option of displaying related posts through a plugin.

The maintenance of your website includes a lot of different things. From security scans to frequent backups, it takes a lot of time and effort to keep your website up and functional. But doing things such as decreasing your bounce rate is taking it to the next level – even though that level should be something to strive towards. So pay attention to what our WordPress experts have to say about the topic of related posts – it might open up a lot of new doors for you.

The easiest way to display related posts in WordPress is with a plugin

Not everyone is open to adding lines of codes any time they want to make a change on their website. Hey, they might be open to the idea but just lack the skills to turn it into reality. Not to worry, because WordPress has thought of everything. By installing a simple plugin, you would be able to go around the process of changing the code and still get the results you want. So which plugin are we referring to? While there are many options available, we like to recommend the use of Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARPP).

A developer adding a line of code.
Adding lines of code isn’t something that everyone feels comfortable doing.

Why do we like YARPP? As a plugin, it will give you a list of posts and/or pages that are related to the post/page that you are currently reading. What that means is that your readers will be introduced to other relevant content on your website, urging them to open and read post after post. But that’s just the main reason why our WordPress team likes this plugin. It’s other characteristics include:

  • Yet Another Related Post Plugin features an advanced algorithm that takes into account post titles, tags, and categories in order to calculate a ‘match score’ for each pair of posts.
  • YARPP also lets you disallow certain categories and tags, which means that any page that contains the categories/tags you manually disallow will not be taken into consideration.
  • This plugin puts you in complete control of pulling up related posts and pages, giving you bigger say into what will be shown.

Of course, bear in mind that this is just one option – there are many others. But in case YARPP has got your attention, then feel free to go ahead and download it. After the activation, you will be able to display related posts and pages in WordPress with more ease.

A man pointing at plan B on the screen.
If plan A doesn’t work, you can always try plan B. And that’s manually changing lines of code.

The problem with related posts plugins

While this is by far the easiest and most effective option of displaying related posts in WordPress, there is a problem some website owners might face. Namely, these plugins can be very resource-intensive. What does that mean? In essence, if you are on a shared web hosting, chances are that you might have trouble running these plugins on your website. There are two ways to solve this issue.

  1. You can use the Manual Related Posts plugin (a tool that lets you select posts that are related to a post) and get around this issue.
  2. You can migrate your site to a new web host which might be a good idea if you are an owner of a rapidly growing website that has surpassed its initial limit.

The great thing about WordPress is that it lets you easily solve most, if not all problems. And for all other problems that you can’t solve by yourself, you can always get in touch with us here at WP Full Care. It will be our pleasure to help you work on your site’s security and performance.

Already using Jetpack on your website?

Then you will be able to solve the issue of displaying related posts and pages rather easily. That’s because Jetpack already has the functionality for related posts – you just have to enable it. Visit “Jetpack” > “Settings” > “Traffic” and choose whether to include the header text and images. You can then customize the “Related Posts” text with a simple visit to “Appearance” > “Customizer”. 

The great thing about using Jetpack is that the entire process of related posts happens off-site. It happens on the WordPress.com servers. This means that the plugin is safe and easy to use even if you are on the shared hosting, as it won’t slow down your website. 

Two people on laptops, trying to display related posts in WordPress.
Jetpack won’t leave you waiting for ages for a page to load.

Of course, Jetpack has a much bigger and better purpose than just showing related posts and pages. It’s a plugin that even the most successful companies that use WordPress have installed. It serves and does wonders for both big and small websites and businesses, so we don’t see any downsides of using it.

You have all the tools to display related posts and pages in WordPress – use them

To display related posts in WordPress is rather easy – we just showed you that. All you need is a plugin that will make this process as easy as ABC. Of course, there is always the option of doing it manually by inserting a code. Although you should always be very careful and cautious when changing the code. It’s a process that, if not done right, could bring about massive complications. And that’s the last thing you need! Besides, why go through the trouble when we just showed you that you don’t have to? 

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