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Contextly Recommends

Build your audience with content recommendations that are related, trending, evergreen and personalized. Editorial control and machine learning.


  • Added support for new Channel button


  • Support for new Personalization module
  • Allows auto-placement of Auto-Sidebars in every post
  • Support for Tweets rendered with web components in Social Reactions module
  • Support for sharing async WebFontLoader with the website
  • Minor fixes and UI improvements


  • Added internal hooks for infinite scroll
  • Small performance enhancements
  • Full HTTPS
  • Reconfigured personalization so that readers who block tracking scripts still see Related, Evergreen and Popular recommendations.


  • Updated plugin to run completely under HTTPS for better reader security HTTPS Everywhere compatibility
  • Minor changes to personalization methods


  • Enables a carousel display of social content (Enterprise and Business customers)
  • Small performance enhancements


  • Improved Auto-Sidebars to let writers insert them into any story from the editing interface, using the Sidebar button. The shortcode [contextly_auto_sidebar] can also be put in any post to show related content.


  • Enables new Siderail display (for WordPress Sidebars)
  • Minor performance fixes


  • Modernized the styling of main display and sidebars. This removes the color bars, which are replaced with clear headings
  • Improved display rendering performance and flexibility
  • Embedded Tweets support
  • Better handling of larger images in sidebars
  • Better support for IE8+


  • Minor bug fixes
  • Enables FollowUp button for Enterprise customers


  • Removed unneeded cross-site communication file from plugin
  • Updated Sidebar button to make it easier to edit existing sidebars. It's no longer necessary to highlight the shortcode to edit a story's sidebar - simply press the sidebar button on any story to edit the sidebars in that story
  • Updated the Sidebar button to make it easier to add previously created sidebars from the Sidebar Library


  • Fixed an issue where sidebars displayed intermittently for some sites


  • Moved video and branding CSS into our CDN
  • Reconfigured the cookie setting code to reduce conflicts with other plugins
  • Improved error logging


  • Improved and larger display for Video recommendations


  • Bug fix to make sure images are always served from https for sites using HTTPS
  • New video icon in CSS
  • Minor video overlay fix
  • JavaScript for display now loading from our CDN
  • Minor bug fixes for Settings panel login


  • Fixed a bug in displaying videos in the overlay


  • Updated some Settings dialogs and how new users are instructed to get an API key
  • Moved a JavaScript bundling call out of the plugin onto our servers
  • Minor technical tweaks


  • Fixed an issue where non-admins could be blocked from using the Contextly editor buttons
  • Fixed a bug where prompts to choose related posts before publishing couldn't be turned off


  • Brand new editor interface
  • Better detection of featured images
  • Better communication of updated and deleted posts
  • CSS fixes for displays
  • New video player
  • Added minor bug fixes in CSS and JS to help with displays


  • Brand new editor interface
  • Better detection of featured images
  • Better communication of updated and deleted posts
  • CSS fixes for displays
  • New video player
  • Minor fixes


  • Fix for bug where apostrophes in tags or categories prevented recommendations from displaying
  • Small CSS updates to handle edge cases


  • Fixed a bug where pots with quote marks in the title would not have a recommendation display


  • Better display support for sites with wide text columns
  • Removed the Chrome tabbed display option as the tabs were never almost never clicked and the information density was low.
  • Improved ease of adjusting the placement of the main recommendation module. It's now controlled by a shortcode rather than CSS elements: [contextly_main_module]
  • Reduced reliance on a WP API to learn story metadata
  • Improved the way Contextly detects featured images for a post
  • More reliable detection of deleted/trashed posts
  • New CSS/HTML for displays to make them easier to customize
  • Entirely new recommendation system


  • Updated to include cookies to better track recommendation performance
  • Post-story module now movable via shortcode
  • Minor display bug fixes


  • Minor display bug fixes


  • Added SEO support. Search Engines can now see and spider the related results. This boosts SEO.
  • Minor display bug fixes
  • Made the "nudge" to add related links off by default


  • Minor performance tweaks.
  • CSS optimization.


  • General performance optimizations
  • Ability to turn off pre-publication notification
  • CSS optimization.
  • Improvements to the JavaScript and CSS for display options, including tweaks for mobile devices


  • Added Auto-Sidebars. If you turn on this option, a sidebar shortcode will be inserted into every new post when you first create it. You can control the content or you can leave it to our related algorithms
  • Improvements to the JavaScript and CSS for display options, including tweaks for mobile devices


  • Namespace changes to CSS.
  • Changes to make install and activation easier.
  • Minor performance tweaks.


  • Minor performance tweaks.


  • Added support for showing Contextly content on Custom Post types. Checkboxes to add/remove post types are in the Contextly Settings Advanced Tab.
  • Added Support for 4 responsive designs (Chrome, Blocks, Blocks - Overylay, Float).
  • Added design customization for sidebars (Point&Click & custom CSS).
  • Added automatic Related Links for stories without chosen links.
  • Added responsive sidebars.
  • New Single Link and Sidebar Icons in the Visual Editor.
  • Added a related links/sidebar reminder before publishing or updating.
  • Moved Related Links master button out of Visual Editor. It's now above the Publish button.
  • Related Links preview now shows up underneath a post in the editor, instead of in the right sidebar.
  • Added optional custom third row based off RSS, including YouTube RSS.
  • Added support for pop-over video playback of YouTube links.
  • Javascript performance fixes.
  • Plugin performance tweaks.
  • Secure, direct login to Contextly settings panel from WordPress (no Twitter credentials needed).
  • Google Analytics data now shows up in Events under Content, not via UTM codes. This provides cleaner and more detailed statistics.
  • Sidebar links now used to help populate related links by default.
  • New, cleaner branding pop-up with privacy policy link.


  • Completely new API
  • Ability to add Sidebars into the body of posts
  • Support for showing links and sidebars on posts, pages or both
  • Option to turn off Contextly content on per page/post basis


  • Core JavaScript files now called over HTTPS
  • Changed jQuery check to use built-in WordPress function.


  • Made a small change to be compatible with sites using Cloudflare


  • Added an easier way to get to the settings page and cleaned up the WP settings page


  • Added a setting in WP to allow sites to place the related links widget in spots other than at the very end of a post
  • Small technical changes to better work with WordPress API

Requires: 2.0.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.6.2
Last Updated: 3 months ago
Active Installs: 1,000+


3.7 out of 5 stars


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