YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin)
The Pros:A�Many options for customization, recommendation works well, no registration required and it’s free
The Cons:A�Might appear slightly overwhelming for WP beginners, blocked by some hosting companies
Publishers site: www.yarpp.com
While the slightly nerdy name might not be everybody’s cup of tea, YARPP (which stands for Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) is actually a really awesome related contentA�plugin. In a sense, it’s heritage is opposite to Outbrain and Taboola: YARPP started out purely as a related posts plugin (yep, hence the name).
And you will notice the difference from the start: Dozens of templates allow you to choose a display style that best matches your website. And of course, you can further customize the templates yourself if need be. The recommendation engine itself works very well showing content that actually is related.
You do not need to register to use YARPP since it is hosted on your blog. On the one hand, that’s good news as it gives you total control. On the other hand, depending on how big your website and content archive are, it can potentially slow down loading time. Having said that, YARPP is optimized to load quickly and resource efficiently. Therefore, you’ll probably only experience some loading issues if you have a very large website. And even then YARPP has something for you.
It’s important to note though that some WordPress hosters such as WP Engine do not allow the use of YARPP for exactly that reason. If that applies to you check externally hosted plugins such asA�Zemanta or Contextly.
If you would like to earn some money and have related posts at the same time there is YARP Pro. After registering for Pro, YARPP will use some of the related post space to display native advertising (yep, just like Outbrain and Taboola).
The one slightly negative thing that we’d like to point out is that YARRP is full of features and sometimes the user interface can feel a little bit overwhelming. Nothing big, especially for experienced WP users, but should be mentioned nevertheless.
As you might have noticed we are pretty big fans of YARPP. And we are not alone! The download counter currently stands at more than 3 million and the average rating of 3.8 stars is not bad either. So, if you want a solid related posts plugin with tons of options to play with, YARRP is a great choice (and it’s also a great alternative to nrelate if you are looking for one).