There is a sense of pride when you compose a blog post and you achieve a certain number of views. It doesn’t even have to be a lengthy article either. Perhaps you shared a few images as part of a quick ‘do it yourself’ tutorial or from some special event. Whatever it is, you have the right to be proud and it is quite natural if you would love to tell anyone who visits your website about it.
The WordPress Popular Posts Plugin
WordPress has a wide variety of plugins that can make almost anything happen. Among the list of possibilities is the option to display your popular or most viewed posts in a special area on your website. Who doesn’t want to show off their best content? Well with the WordPress Popular Posts plugin, everyone who visits your website will get a chance to view the aristocrats among your many posts.
It is so typical to show your recent posts so take it a step further and display the most popular. You can choose from a range of options, and then display your most popular posts according to a number of different metrics. The display can be arranged based on the number of views or the number of comments you receive for each post. So for example, ‘The Journey to the Caribbean’ which has 114 views and 69 comments would be displayed before ‘My Summer in Ibiza’ which has 690 views but only 8 comments.
WordPress Popular Posts Plugin: Features
A myriad of features are available to make your experience more enjoyable. This highly customizable widget is guaranteed to give you everything you are looking for when it comes to arranging your popular posts. If you have different aspects of your website which you would like to display independently, based on special settings then you will enjoy this feature. The multi-widget capability allows you to have more than one widget on your blog. So you can customize them separately and display different information based on what you desire.
When it comes to a specific timeframe, you can even arrange it so the posts which have been popular during a period are displayed first. For example, a blogger who does Christmas recipes would definitely love to show the most popular posts over the holiday season. So that person would have the option of using WordPress Popular Posts plugin to display the most read or commented on posts over the 30 period, the past two weeks leading up to the new year or even as little as 24 hours.
Custom post-type support allows you to show more than just your average posts and pages. Media among other post-types are definitely on the table for this one. Thumbnails, incorporating your own layout and even WordPress Multisite support are also going to interest you. With all these great features, you can also dive into the statistical aspect of the WordPress Popular Posts plugin.
Take it a step further by displaying the most popular posts based on the average number of views each post receives within a day. For the more technical WordPress lovers, shortcodes are available. Embedding your most popular entries in your theme using the wpp_get_mostpopular() template tag. Is also a very interesting feature. Additionally, the wpp_gets_views() template tag allows you to retrieve the views count for a particular post. Language localization means all your readers will enjoy your posts since there won’t be a language barrier.
Setting Up the WordPress Popular Posts Plugin
First, you will need to download and install the WordPress Popular Posts plugin via your dashboard. Alternatively, you can also navigate to Plugins then click Add New using the sidebar menu.
From the Add Plugins screen, enter ‘WordPress Popular Posts’ in the search field and then install the first item listed in the results:
Once the WordPress Popular Posts plugin has been installed and activated, you can access it through the Widgets Page under the Appearance sidebar menu. From the widgets page, you can add the WordPress Popular Posts plugin to one of your theme’s sidebar areas, and then begin the process of customizing. You will notice a list options to help you decide how you wish to display your popular posts including the number of posts to show:
Now here is where the fun begins with the WordPress Popular Posts plugin! Select how you want to sort and measure their popularity, and then which time range to filter the posts by. You can also decide which post types to display with the WordPress Popular Posts plugin, including any custom post types that are active on your website: