Custom Related Posts


Custom Related Posts is a user friendly plugin for manually adding related posts to any of your posts, pages or custom post types. You have full control over those related links, choosing for yourself if they go both ways.

An overview of the features:

  • Set which post types the plugin is active for yourself
  • Easily define relations in one or both ways on the post edit page
  • Display related posts with a shortcode or widget
  • Import from XML using post IDs
  • Gutenberg compatible

This plugin is under active development. Any feature requests are welcome!


  • Easily view and add related posts on the post edit page
  • Add related posts anywhere you want with the shortcode
  • Or use our custom related posts widget
  • Choose which post types to use related posts for in the settings


  1. Upload the custom-related-posts directory (directory included) to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the custom-related-posts directory (directory included) to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Is this it?

It’s still an early version of the plugin and we’ll be adding new features every few weeks. Let us know what you’re looking for and we might be able to include it!

Who made this?


Real five star. Easy to use, very good approach for manually linking items.

I rarely make reviews but this plug-in reserves it. The most flexible and very easy to use plug-in I’ve seen after testing dozens of plug-ins for linking products and blog posts.

Creates a very easy to use admin interface to manually link WordPress objects, including WooCommerce objects.

Congratulations for the developers!

Any small comment on the negative side: seems to be an early version with low level of documentation. More features and better documentation is suggested for shortcode insert of the related items.

Just what I needed!!

It’s an ongoing battle to make sure people keep clicking and make it easy to alert readers to other relevant content. My content requires manual control over selecting related posts, but this plugin provides some basic automation to this tedious task by cross linking the posts so that I only have to select it on one side.

The author is extremely responsive and pleasant to forum posts with new feature requests. Impressive!

As so many wordpress plugins are being abandoned, it’s great to see someone sticking with it and creating something unique and helpful.


i tried several related-posts-plugins, but this is exactly what i’ve been looking for, especially the bidirectionality! it’s easy to use and does what it should.
and with great help from brecht, i could even adapt it to my own needs (show custom field values) – excellent and super-fast support!
thanks, julia

The best of pieces

Hi, I have been searching this kind of plugin for months. This iss the best. With manual input of course we can display post as we want.

Thank you

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Contributors & Developers

“Custom Related Posts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Feature: Gutenberg compatibility


  • Fix: PHP 7 Warning


  • Feature: Setting to open links in a new tab
  • Improvement: WordPress 4.8 compatibility
  • Improvement: $relation variable available in plugin hook


  • Improvement: Settings for searching related posts


  • Fix: Firefox compatibility problem


  • Feature: Import relations from XML


  • Very first version of this plugin