Related Posts by Taxonomy

Description

Quickly increase your readers’ engagement by adding related posts in the sidebar or after post content with a widget or shortcode.

Posts with the most terms in common will display at the top!

This plugin is capable of finding related posts in multiple taxonomies and post types. Include or exclude terms from the search for related posts. Change the look and feel by using your own templates in your (child) theme.

plugin documentation

Plugin features:

  • Widget and Shortcode.
  • Display related posts as post thumbnails, links, excerpts or full posts.
  • Small Footprint. Doesn’t slow down your site!
  • Automatic display of related posts after the post content.
  • Search for related posts in single or multiple taxonomies and post types.
  • Exclude or include terms and posts.
  • Limit the search of related posts by date or number.
  • Use your own HTML templates for display of the related posts.
  • Use the WordPress REST API to get related posts. (opt-in feature)
  • Use a persistent cache layer for the related posts. (opt-in feature)
  • Use plugin functions in your theme templates to display related posts yourself.
  • Use Filters to change the default behavior of the plugin.
  • Extensive plugin documentation.
  • Highly Adjustable!
  • Follows WordPress coding standards and plugin best practices.

Follow this plugin on GitHub.

See the FAQ to have related posts automatically display after the post content without using the shortcode or widget.

Default usage for the shortcode is:

[related_posts_by_tax]

Attributes for the shortcode are:

  • post_id
  • taxonomies
  • post_types
  • posts_per_page
  • order
  • orderby
  • before_shortcode
  • after_shortcode
  • title
  • before_title
  • after_title
  • exclude_terms
  • include_terms
  • exclude_posts
  • format
  • image_size
  • columns
  • caption
  • link_caption
  • limit_posts
  • limit_year
  • limit_month
  • related
  • public_only
  • include_self

Example to show 10 related posts instead of the default 5.

[related_posts_by_tax posts_per_page="10"]

See the documentation for more information about these attributes.

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Screenshots

  • The Widget
  • Twenty Fifteen screenshot. Related posts in the sidebar and after post content
  • Twenty Twelve screenshot. Post thumbnails (after post content) and the widget
  • Twenty Thirteen screenshot. Post thumbnails (after post content) and the widget

Installation

  • Unzip the related-posts-by-taxonomy.zip folder.
  • Upload the related-posts-by-taxonomy folder to your /wp-content/plugins directory.
  • Activate Related Posts by Taxonomy.
  • That’s it, now you are ready to use the widget and shortcode

FAQ

For more information about the plugin see the plugin documentation.
To customize this plugin see the plugin recipes page.

Installation Instructions
  • Unzip the related-posts-by-taxonomy.zip folder.
  • Upload the related-posts-by-taxonomy folder to your /wp-content/plugins directory.
  • Activate Related Posts by Taxonomy.
  • That’s it, now you are ready to use the widget and shortcode
Can I change the layout for the related posts?

Yes. Review this section of the documentation to style the related posts yourself.

How can I automatically add related posts after the post content?

Review Adding Related Posts After the Post Content.

Can I include or exclude posts or terms with the widget or shortcode

Yes. For the widget see this filter and for the shortcode see the attributes exclude-terms, include_terms and exclude_posts.

Can I set my own defaults for the shortcode?

Yes. Review Setting your own defaults for the shortcode

The widget only lets you choose “all taxonomies” or a single taxonomy. Can I make it only use the taxonomies I want?

Yes. See this filter on how to do that.

Reviews

Concise & flexible

Does exactly what you need, and the default options provide a good selection of related articles, which can easily be customised further.

Very good

Works very well and developer provides top-notch support! Helped me troubleshoot a style issue and went ahead in providing a CSS fix specific for my theme. 🙂

Customizable shortcodes

One of the most interesting plugin for related posts. Shortcodes are very customizable and the default appearance is nice.
I was looking for a plugin which let me set posts manually and this one doesn’t so I can’t use it but it’s very good.

A bit more thinking would not hurt.

The worst possible judgment was to hang it all on the tail of post content.
Do you have any idea how crowded it gets there?
It would be absolutely no big deal to provide an alternative hook, but who cares, right?

Read all 55 reviews

Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

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Changelog

2.3.2

  • Enhancement
    • Add public_only parameter to not display private related posts from the current author.
    • Add include_self parameter to include the current post in the related posts.
    • Add filter pre_related_posts to override the related posts query.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix duplicate gallery IDs breaking the column layout of WordPress galleries. Props: @sonamel

2.3.1

  • Enhancement
    • Add support to disable the shortcode or widget for this plugin
    • Add support to update all plugin settings with one filter.

2.3.0

  • Enhancement
    • Add a WordPress REST API layer to get related posts (opt-in feature)
    • Add new filter to activate the WordPress REST API layer

2.2.2

  • Enhancement
    • New option to link thumbnail captions (post titles) to posts in the widget and shortcode
    • Make the widget UI more intuitive
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix wrong results for cached custom post type related posts