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Yuzo related posts for WordPress review : Free and Powerful

The developer claims that Yuzo is the fastest and the best plugin for WordPress. We decided to give it a...

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yuzo wordpress related posts plugin main settings

The developer claims that Yuzo is the fastest and the best plugin for WordPress. We decided to give it a try. Below is our review of this free plugin:

Yuzo can be installed via FTP or WordPress dashboard. After its installation, activate the plugin and navigate to its settings page. This page has three tabs, main settings, styling, and productivity.

You can configure this plugin to display maximum 50 related posts per page. You can set a custom title for the relevant content.

This plugin has an option to enable or disable related links on pages, post or media files. If thumbnails are not generated on your website, you can set a default thumbnail in it.

yuzo wordpress related posts plugin main settings

Yuzo can display posts related to tags, categories or both the taxonomies. The posts can be ordered by the title, ID, author, date modified, comment count or randomly. The plugin has an option to open hyperlinks in new tabs. If you don’t want your website to leak page rank to related content, the plugin allows you to add nofollow HTML attribute to the hyperlinks. It has an option to exclude posts by tags, categories or their ID. You can turn off related links for a particular category.

Styling is the most important feature of Yuzo. This plugin allows users to choose one of the four predefined styles. Two styles support thumbnail and renaming ones display related posts without images.

yuzo plugin styling

Yuzo WordPress plugin lets you set a thumbnail size and background image for the RP. You can configure the image type as a square or rectangle. You can add background and hover color in Yuzo to make the related posts interface look more compelling. You can also set a border, padding and margin (top, right, bottom, left) to the thumbnails.

Yuzo plugin for WordPress can display related posts with/without excerpts. You can change the text color, font size, link color, length of the RP. Yuzo has an option to add custom CSS codes.

yuzo productivity

To track how many people clicked on the related posts, Yuzo comes with an inbuilt counter that uses WordPress admin-ajax to register the counts. The plugin can display the number of user clicks in the WP dashboard.

For faster and powerful performance, Yuzo comes with its caching system. It supports RTL. The related posts in this plugin can be added via shortcodes.

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Final Verdict: Yuzo is fast, but it has a bug. Despite disabling its counter, the plugin adds admin ajax links to the website’s pages or posts. Too many ajax requests can slow down a site. It may have issues on shared hosting platform. Moreover, when you open the admin-ajax link, the browser will display 0. Google may consider this as a soft 404 error.

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Jon

Thanks for the review, is there a better one you would recommend? Which are you using here?

Cheers

Jay money
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i just installed this plugin on my site and i have to say that it really has a nice appearance. it helped increase my site’s page views and reduced bounce rate.
you are doing a great job

Jay money
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can you please recommend a popular post plugin that wont slow down site speed?

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Justin

Hi – I’m trying to figure out how to change the font to match my blog. I went with Helvetica. At the bottom of the Styling section there is a box where one can supposedly customize the font “My custom theme css” and:

.yuzo_related_post {}
.yuzo_related_post .relatedthumb {}

I’d be most grateful if you could show me the correct way to change the font.

I’m using Genesis on Studiopress, by the way. It is extremely fast!

santiago
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Is there any way to configure a page or post with 2 areas of yuzos related posts? I mean not to view it only at the end but also in the middle of the post ? is there any shortcode for doing that?
tks!

Muskie
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So I switched to this plugin from YARPP but I don’t understand what the Magnificent Views Counter is all about. I also don’t understand should choose related to by “Tags” or “Tags & Category”. Why can they not be ordered by relevance. I like that I can exclude categories and tags, but it is odd that it will randomly pick matches if it can’t find any, but I can turn that off. I also wish I could centre things, I’ll play around more, but it’ll do for now I really don’t get the Magnificent View Counter at all.

Muskie
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There is a “Taxonomies” option now. I switched to that, then there are secondary ordering/ranking criteria. I think I took the one recommend for “speed”. I turned off the Magnificent View Counter. I don’t know what it is counting but I already have Google Analytics. The English instructions in this plugin are not the best, but YARPP was banned from the WordPress plugin directory so I had to replace it, this will do for now. I wonder about going with Yoast Pro or some theme with built in recommendations, but I’ve already spent too much time updating my blog this… Read more »

Chumpu lorf
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Yuzo bug. Hacker can over and change link website