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A Look at Related Posts by Barry Kooij

I work over at WooThemes with a guy called Barry Kooij. He’s one of those mysterious developers behind WooCommerce, who normally hides in the shadows of WordPress-land creating awesome stuff that you’ve probably even used and loved, like What the File and Post Connector.

To be fair, when Barry started at WooThemes, I’d already been there for a month, so I was feeling pretty settled in. Naturally, I was nice enough to the new Dutch guy but didn’t give him much notice. After all, both our names started with B, so there’s was always going to be some conflict. But when I discovered he had made What the File, a simple plugin that I’d been using for a while and loved, I opened up my heart to him.

So to the point, Barry made this plugin – Related Posts for WP. It’s pretty good. And it’s free. Seriously, it doesn’t cost anything. I’m not even going to try convince you to download it. I don’t care. You’re the idiot missing out if you don’t.

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But I didn’t bother making an entire post, which I do rarely because I’m so lazy, just to talk about my relationship with Barry and his free awesome plugin.

Barry, like all developers and human beings, needs money to survive. So as nice as he is giving away the free version of Related Posts for WP, he always offers a premium version of Related Posts for WP.

So I tried it out, and obviously I loved it, because I’m just not the kinda guy to spend an hour writing about something I didn’t like.

It’s also only $39, how good’s that?

I’ll take you through it and show you some of the things I loved about it.

The Installation

It’s remarkably easy to set up. You literally just choose the post types you want to enable related posts on:

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Then you choose how many posts to related to each post:

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It’s done.

There’s nothing else you need to do at this point.

I’m even using it right now, on this site. It looks like this:

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That was so easy. Thanks Barry.

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The Speed

Firstly, it’s really fast. Often speed is the biggest flaw in a related posts plugin, but Barry’s seems to have figured it out. Thanks Barry.

The Style

There are also built-in styles, so you can make Related Posts look as good as possible.

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Like the ability to show the featured image next to the related post:

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The Weights

I love this stuff. You can actually customise the way it decides what is actually considered ‘related’.

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My Verdict

It’s cool

Go buy it.

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