NRelate Provides Thumbnail And Text Summary Of Related Blog Posts

If you run a blog for your company or on behalf of your company the odds on are you are using a self hosted WordPress site. If this is the case you will know there are a zillion plugins out there to enhance the reader experience and your experience of administering the blog.

You must strike a balance between providing an enhanced experience and running so many plugins the blog barely launches, but one of the must have plugins, particularly if you have a substantial back catalogue of posts, is something that alerts readers to related, similar posts to the one they are reading.

Like many others I have been using the Yet Another Related Posts plugin but there have been unsubstantiated reports that this slows down the loading of the page.

A week or so ago I received an email from Oliver at NRelate which read: “I was hoping you might take a minute to try out my related posts plugin. It shows thumbnails or text links, and can display content from sites on your blogroll as well. It is pretty new, but is up on over 500 sites already. I’d really appreciate your comments and feedback.”

Being a plugin geek I could hardly refuse so I deactivated the old plugin and installed NRelate and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Not only does it seek out related posts but also includes the default thumbnail graphic from that post but there is no slow down in loading that I can see.

There is also the facility to link to affiliate advertising, but I have not checked this out.

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Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.