Best related posts plugins to replace nRelate

On 1 December 2014, nRelate announced that it would be switching off its related posts recommendation service. Their Related Posts plugin and service for WordPress was an extremely popular plugin because of its ease of use and many options. So now that they are shutting their doors, many WordPress site owners are looking around for a replacement. Here is what I am recommending to my WordPress tech support customers at ClickWP.

IMPORTANT: Choosing the wrong related posts plugin can severely slow your site down. This is because calculating the related-ness of posts is a resource intensive process. For sites with more than 200 posts, I recommend off-loading the computational work to an external service.

The best plugin to replace nRelate is… it depends.

tl;dr Summary

If you use Jetpack and don’t care about customization, use the Jetpack Related Posts module.

If you don’t want to signup for other accounts & services, Contextual Related Posts is a good option for sites with less than 200 posts. Another to consider is Related Posts for WordPress which claims to be able to handle a lot more posts.

If you don’t mind or need an external service to compute your related posts, Shareaholic and AddThis are the best options. One thing to note is that AddThis settings are controlled outside of WordPress, so you must signup for an AddThis account to use this option.

If you’re a publisher who’s willing to pay to increase your audience engagement with your content, Contextly seems very promising.

Want more options? Read this post by Followistic: The 10 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress

My thoughts on each of the above options: Read More »

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Malaysia won’t succeed if the non-Muslims do not have the same opportunity

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I appreciate your support, Mr President!

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Webfaction is an unpretentious, down-to-earth web host that gives you great performance and value. Cool hipsters types may not host their sites here (they’re on Media Temple) but in my 9 months using Webfaction I’ve been well and truly impressed. Webfaction has provided the greatest performance and value for any web host I’ve ever used, and I happily recommend them.

Fantastic performance

Shortly after switching one of my customers to Webfaction, they had a post go viral. As a result, they received 24k pageviews over a period of 3 days. Webfaction held up like a champ.

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Useful SQL queries for migrating a WordPress database

First, if at all possible, use the WP Migrate DB Pro or BackupBuddy plugins to migrate your WordPress database. The money spent will save yourself a lot of frustration and hair pulling, and hours if not days of cleanup and massaging of the WordPress database.

But if that’s not possible, welcome to my world for the past week. I’ve had to migrate a WordPress database without my favorite migration tools. After scouring the web for tutorials and tips, I’m compiling them here for easy reference.

Gather Your Tools

First thing you need is to get your hands on the following:

1. Database name, prefix, user and password.

You can find these defined in the wp-config.php file. In the following examples, be sure to swap out the database name wordpress and prefix wp_ with the correct values from your situation.

2. Access to phpMyAdmin so that you can interact with the database.

We’ll be running the commands below through the SQL tab in phpMyAdmin.

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Running SQL queries on your database with phpMyAdmin

You could also connect directly to MySQL through the terminal / shell prompt. Good luck if you don’t have phpMyAdmin.

3. Backup, Backup, Backup

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Export your untouched database and lock it up. If all goes wrong, restore to this backup.

Change the Site URL

The first thing you would want to do is to change the site URL. You can browse the wp_options table for the siteurl and home options values directly, or you can use this SQL command:

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, 'http://www.oldsiteurl.com', 'http://www.newsiteurl.com') WHERE option_name = 'siteurl' OR option_name = 'home';

Next, you’ll want to replace all instances of oldsiteurl.com in your post’s contents and GUID.

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE (post_content, '//www.oldsiteurl.com', '//www.newsiteurl.com');
UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = REPLACE (guid, '//www.oldsiteurl.com', '//www.newsiteurl.com');

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