A simple related plugin that lets you select related posts manually. Supports any post types in WordPress, including custom ones. After a long time spent trying many variations on the same theme, a friend pointed me in the right direction. This plugin works straight out of the box with a wealth of advanced options for the seasoned user.
Related Plugin Setup.
Below are the three main control panel pages. If you duplicate the settings this will enable listing without requiring any advanced editing. That is the purpose of this Quick Guide. For many more options please use the link at the bottom of the page to the Plugin’s Homepage.
Control Panel Screen 1 – Post Types.
Click the post and page checkboxes. Then click the “Submit” button.
Control Panel Screen 2 – Form(s).
Again, click the post and page checkboxes. Then click the “Submit” button.
Control Panel Screen 3 – Content.
Now, here’s the trick. Until you select an option in this panel the lists will not show up on your webpage.
Of course you can try out different configuration variations and test to see what the results are.
Listing Placement On Page.
By default, if your settings are similar to those above with no editing of template files your list(s) will appear at the bottom of the post. The exact location will depend on other plugins etc. that you have installed. If you require a finer degree of control then there are many options you can employ (see link to Plugin Homepage below).
A Second List.
If you would like to separate out your links, this is possible with the optional supplied plugin Related (Doubled Up). Follow the same guidelines and this too will work without any need for editing template files.
Excellent plugin that does “exactly what it says on the tin”. If like me, you wish to create lists manually and with ease then this is the tool to use. It negates “luck” by having the choice of which elements to link to and position via a smooth drag and drop interface.