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One of the web statistics we all look to increase is the number of actions per visitor. The higher the number, the more pages of your site visitors are viewing during a session, and the more likely they are to suscribe to your RSS feed or mailing list, purchase your product or services or simply become a new regular reader. In the past I have used the Yet Another Related Post Plugin and really liked it. The plugin matched tags and categories from previous posts and displayed them as a list of related entries at the end of each post.

A few weeks ago I discovered a new related post plugin – LinkWithin (thanks to Heather at Celiac Family) that displays your related posts along with images it generates automatically from images it finds in your posts:

Example of Link Within Plugin

Looks nice, right?

The plugin is called LinkWithin and is custom made for your site. You visit their site, enter your email address and your site name, let them know what platform you need the plugin for (they support WordPress, Blogger and TypePad as of now) and your plugin is created instantly and ready for you to save to your computer.

The install is easy – from your WordPress dashboard select Plugins, Add New and Upload the file from your computer, Activate and you are in business.

The one thing I realized quickly was that the plugin worked great on WordPress themes that were more traditional, meaning the home page was not set up with excerpts or a fancy magazine style layout. However, many of my sites that would really benefit from this plugin were using Studio Press themes that displayed as a magazine style layout on the home page. The LinkWithin widget would show up on the home page and it looked horrible.

Now for the good part! The team behind LinkWithin ROCK. I dropped them a quick email and let them know my challenge. I got an email response from a person almost immediately thanking me for using the plugin. She also let me know, not only would they make a version just for my sites with magazine themes, but that they are working on the next version of the plugin that will give users more input. Features in the next version will include things like whether to show the plugin on the home page, weighting categories or tags more, the number of related posts displayed and more.

And now for the real test – does the LinkWithin plugin really help increase the number of actions per user? YES!  I can see in my stats when visitors click through the LinkWithin widget to go to another story and the number of actions per visit has increased on each site I have the plugin installed on.

Have you tried Related Posts plugins? Which one do you prefer?

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WordPress makes a great CMS thanks to its easy to use interface. As a designer it is a relatively quick way for me to put together a scalable, easy to maintain, and attractive web site for clients. For my clients, WordPress offers an interface that most of them can handle based on their experience with the basic MS Office products.

I have one client who like tables – not the HTML-based tables – but tables to display data. She needed to be able to add a table of data to a page without having to know anything special. The current TinyMCE interface doesn’t accommodate tables so I headed to the WordPress Codex to find out if there was a plugin to make adding tables easier. I found TinyMCE Advanced and it works GREAT!

TinyMCE Advanced plugin

When you install and activate the plugin, you can then go through and add the additional WSIWYG buttons that you or your clients use or rely on most.  The table buttons were essential to my client’s needs – now she can easily insert a table, add rows, merge cells, and display her data the way she is most comfortable with.

The other additions include: Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Full Screen, IESpell, Layer, Media, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.

What other plugins have you discovered that give WordPress additional usability for the non-HTML fluent user?

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