After trying almost all the related posts and recommended posts plugins, none of them had what I was looking for. So I developed my own code for recommending posts for further reading.
After trying almost all the related posts and recommended posts plugins, none of them had what I was looking for. So I developed my own code for recommending posts for further reading but then once the coding was done into my themes, I thought about making it a WordPress plugin but then was not able to convince myself to redo it as a plugin.
The recent move of Thesis to Genesis meant that the coding that I did for Thesis had to be moved over to Genesis and so that drove me to be creating a plugin for it.
So here is the Killer Further Reading Plugin.
The plugin adds a widget named Killer Further Reading in your WordPress widget area and recommends content based on a tag you specify in the widget settings. The killer part is it excludes posts that are already visited by the user. The tracking is done based on cookies and so if you are using the plugin, you may need to include about cookies in privacy notice for your blog.
For blogs that aren’t too general, every content is more or less related and so the idea is to show the best or evergreen content for further reading than those that is not as good as those but is more related to what user is reading.
As an example you may be reading the best article for SEO (may be a category or tag on your blog), the other further reading plugins just show the best or most popular articles based on tag or category of the article you are currently on but that may not always be the best content of the blog. So if you have a better article from other category but is one of the best resource of your blog, it makes much more sense to be showing that content rather. The killer part helps avoiding the content that is already viewed once and so you can suggest more and more of your best content as the process of reading continues.
- Upload the plugin folder killer-further-reading at wp-content/plugins.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Drag Killer Further Reading to the widget area for options. Add tag slug to show content from that tag.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why A Widget?
The idea to create this a widget is to allow multiple further reading options like in footer, sidebars or even after post (Provided your theme has a widget area there). Can show different tagged content on each of the widget area.
Installed and activated the Plugin but cannot find any option for the plugin?
The plugin adds a widget and so you will see a new widget Killer Further Reading widget that can be dragged anywhere you prefer like in footer, sidebars or even after post (Provided your theme has a widget area there).
I dropped the widget but it does not show anything?
There can be multiple reasons why nothing shows up in the further reading options.
- Have you tagged the content you want to be showing in further reading widget? If your answer is NO please add a tag to the content you want to be showing in this plugin.
- Have you added the tag slug in the Widget?
Even if the answer to both the question is yes, you may not see the content for further reading because you may have already visited those content that you want to be showing. You can clear the cookies for your blog domain or in particular haveseen cookie for your domain.
I just tagged the content and have added the tag slug in widget and when I visit the post, I don’t see anything in further reading yet?
If you have tagged only one article for testing and if you just visit the same article, it will exclude that article for further reading as well. So try tagging few articles to test the plugin.
As of now I have just made the basic version of the plugin but have plans to add the thumbnails like you see in this blog but as of now just plain few links. You can share your idea about what more can be added to the plugin and will be more than happy to add it to the plugin.
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