How to Configure the Yet Another Related Posts Options
The next step of the guide to the Yet Another Related Posts WordPress plugin will take a look at the options available for website owners to edit and optimise the plugin for their sites.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) On the Settings section of the Dashboard (found on the left-hand sidebar), scroll down to YARP (Yet Another Related Posts) and click on it. This will take you to the Options page. From here, you can choose to use YARP Basic and YARP Pro, or one or the other. You can activate YARP Pro by clicking on the blue button. This will allow you to customise the widget, including how it looks, where the related posts come from (just your site or multiple sites) and more.
Step 3) Once you have activated the YARP Pro option, you will be asked where you would like the sponsored content to be shown. You can choose between Posts, Pages and Media, or choose to display it across all three if you prefer.
Step 4) Once selecting your YARP Pro options, click on the YARP Basic option to be taken to the Configuration page for the basic features of the YARP Plugin.
The first section is The Pool, which is the pool of posts and pages that can be displayed as related posts underneath your entries. You can use this section to disallow any categories or tags so that only relevant content is displayed as related. You can also choose to include Password Protected posts and limit your related posts to the last 12 months, if you prefer.
Step 5) The Relatedness options will ensure that your related posts are as relevant as possible, and therefore increase the chances of users clicking on to other posts on your site. The match threshold can be set between 1-5 depending on some posts related posts display and their scores. You can see what kinds of related posts are being picked up and with what kind of match scores, and determine an appropriate threshold for your site. You can also change the relatedness of titles, bodies, categories and tags by using the boxes below from consider to consider with extra weight and require more than one category (or Tag) in common.
Step 6) You can choose to display the related posts as Thumbnails (including the Featured Image you have set for the post) or as a List. There is also the option to customise the Headers/Titles in the coding and change the display if there are no related posts for a particular post.
The next step of the guide will focus on How to Setup the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Widget