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There are a number of great open source plugins for pulling related blog posts. The WordPress core has a set of query functions which make the programming aspect a whole lot easier. But at times you will need different plugins for showing a certain type of related post design, either in the content or sidebar or somewhere else. This will depend on your WordPress theme and how your layout is designed.
I want to introduce just a few plugins which gracefully handle related blog posts. These are all written for WordPress using the most recently updated version. It is possible to install each one of these through the Plugins admin menu and give them a trial run. You can only learn so much from the plugin’s webpage, and often times you will want to see how it behaves on a live website before deciding to keep it.
It is strange to see how Wordpress hasn’t adopted Ajax comments for blog posts. Obviously the system should be built to handle typical PHP requests, and you can always add the Ajax functionality on the frontend. But it does make the process of writing your own custom functions a lot more difficult. Thankfully there are a number of open source choices which you may quickly install and get working on any Wordpress-based website.
For this article I would like to focus on ajax comments pages when displaying many discussion posts. Wordpress will automatically paginate comments listings beyond a certain number. You can adjust this value in the WP admin area, but the comments pages will always load a new permalink. Google and other crawlers will like this structure but the user experience leaves room for improvement. I hope to share a few resources for helping developers come to terms with Ajax paginated comments.