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  1. Joseph

    I use Jetpack related posts too, and it has been amazing so far :-)

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  2. Piet

    Even better is to use a Related Posts plugin that doesn’t use any resources AND where you decide what Post is related and which one is not. An example is my SO Related Posts plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/so-related-posts/) and there are actually plenty others that function in similar fashion.

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  3. Anoop Gupta

    Great stuff from you, Jeff. I’ve read your posts before and you’re just too awesome. This post has a great bit of enlightening information.
    Currently i’m using Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) and haven’t experienced any issue. Now I’m thinking to use Jetpack Related Post.

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  4. Sufyan bin Uzayr

    I personally prefer Contextly.com for this purpose, but it is a paid service, unless your traffic is too low (free for up to 10,000 pageviews per month).

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  5. Keith Davis

    Hi Jeff
    Great shame, it’s a bit like losing an old pal.
    I use nRelate on a number of sites and it just works – never had a single problem with it.

    Got to start looking at alternatives.
    C’est la vie

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  6. Ryan Cowles

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the module will use the featured image attached to a post in the module. If a featured image is not detected, it uses the first image in the post which may or may not be optimal. You might also see a mix of related posts with and without images.

    I just wanted to mention that there is an option to disable thumbnails for Jetpack Related Posts under Settings > Reading > Related Posts. If you uncheck the “Use a large and visually striking layout” option, then no thumbnails will be shown :)

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  7. Kelson

    I’d been using nRelate for several years, but I started exploring other options a few months ago in prep for switching the front-end over to HTTPS (since nRelate didn’t offer SSL-hosted resources). I settled on Jetpack — it wasn’t as customizable as other options, but it gave better recommendations than nRelate or YARPP on my sites. Weirdly enough, I had *just* switched over my last blog when the nRelate announcement went out.

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    • Jeffro

      With your keen ability to see the future, you ought to play the lottery! I’ve been happy with Jetpack Related posts and noticed most of the time, the three posts displayed have a good relationship to the published post.

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  8. cadfile

    I had used nRelate for years as it was one of the few that allowed use of the first post image for the thumbnail without forcing me to upload the image to my install (I don’t use a feature image because I host all my images on photobucket) then in the past couple months nRelate stopped showing thumbnails and I was getting the run around on their support site. I threatened to switch a day or two before they announced their shutdown.

    I now use Contextual Related Posts

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/contextual-related-posts/

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  9. Ryan Singel

    Hi Jeff,

    I suggest giving Contextly a go (founder here!). We do more than just related (though our related is pretty awesome) — we include trending, evergreen and personalization. We also do lots of behind the scenes A/B testing, can handle video and podcasts, and give folks editorial tools as well — and, of course, do all that on our own servers.

    We’re used by folks like MAKE Magazine, Fusion.net, PBS, KQED, Contently, Cool Tools and PEHub.

    Free up to 10K PVs and free month trial.

    RS

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  10. Li-An

    I use Contextual Related Posts – it manages it’s own cache.

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  11. Dan Knauss

    [blockquote]Simply put, nRelate, the entity that provides recommendations to sites across the web, will no longer be a stand-alone business. Instead, our parent company has proactively opted to internalize our assets for competitive advantage, with the belief this strategy ultimately represents a bigger opportunity than our current path – a difficult decision, but one that makes a lot of sense, and one we both agree with.[/blockquote]

    What the what?

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  12. Robert Neu (@rob_neu)

    nRelate was never a good solution. They tried to make it SEO-friendly, but it just never worked correctly.

    If you’re looking for an alternative, http://relatedpostsforwp.com/ is what I’ve been using and recommending since it was released. There’s both free and paid versions available and it’s a much better option than any of the others I’ve tested.

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  13. Jeremy Stewart

    As a product manager for YARPP, I really appreciate the mention here, Jeff. Just wanted to clarify:

    There are two versions of YARPP. It’s true that YARPP Basic (free) can take up resources on a site owner’s webhosting server due to the way it stores and indexes recommendations. However, YARPP Pro (also free) runs off of our servers, so it does not have the same resource burden for site owners. YARPP Pro is a better for larger sites.

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  14. ellenfinkl

    I’m using nrelate most popular, which lists most popular posts. Is that also going away?

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  15. M Teguh A Suandi

    Hi Jeff,

    I recently published my related content plugin here https://wordpress.org/plugins/sebar/. It has a lot of cool feature like:

    1. Mobile responsive with support swipe and mouse drag
    2. Browse YouTube videos from plugin dashboard
    3. Integration with Google Feed Finder
    4. Display related contents from internal WP Post based on (individual post/page, tag, category, author and custom query)
    5. Analytics
    6. Custom landing page
    7. Widget
    8. More

    Hopefully it can help someone out there.

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