Please note that our Legacy Themes have been replaced by new Thrive Theme Builder Themes. While our Legacy Themes are still functional, we are no longer actively developing them. The "Related Posts" feature has been included in the "Post List" element options. Check out this article if you need more information about the element.
The related posts feature in Thrive Themes has two modes. The simple mode and the advanced mode. You can go to your theme options and the "Related Posts" tab to activate the advanced mode.
In order to find the Theme options, go to Thrive Dashboard:
Click on the Theme Options button of your themes card:
In the Theme Options, you will find the Related Posts tab, here:
And in the new window that opens, make sure to click on the "Enable this Feature" button:
Simple Related Posts
By default, a related posts widget will simply show the latest posts in the same category as the current post.
For example, if the visitor is looking at a post in a category called "Nutrition", the related posts widget will look for the next posts on the site in the "Nutrition" category and display those.
This is a very easy way to show related content, but the content is not sorted by relevance. In other words: it's not necessarily the most closely related post that is shown first in the list.
Advanced Related Posts
When you activate the advanced mode, posts will be sorted by relevancy instead of post date. The theme runs an algorithm that creates a map of how your posts are all related to each other.
In the current version, we take categories and tags into account, to measure the degree of relation between posts. In future versions, we will also take post titles and possibly further points of data into account.
Every time you save or update a post, the map of relations is re-calculated. The point of all this is to show more relevant results in the related posts widget, which will lead to a higher click-through rate.
The only downside of this method is that it adds a delay whenever you save or update a post since some calculations need to run in the background. The more posts you have on your blog, the longer this delay will be.
If this delay seems like an annoying drawback, consider the fact that most related posts plugins run similar calculations, but they do it on page-load! That means, the related posts feature becomes a drain on your site's performance. Without method, there's no difference in speed for your visitors.
Related Posts Widget
Currently, you can display related posts in any widget area. In future themes, we are planning to add an option to show related posts at the bottom of your posts.
To add a related posts widget, go to "Appearance" -> "Widgets" in your WordPress admin dashboard. Here, you can add the "Thrive Posts" widget to a widget area:
The widget title will be shown above the posts list. You can define any title you want to display
Select "Related Posts" from the list type drop-down menu
Enter the number of posts you want to show in the list
Check the show thumbnails box if you want to show small thumbnails of your posts' featured images next to the listed items. The widget is designed so that it looks good with or without thumbnail images in the list
You also have the option of showing the date, by selecting the "Show date" option
Lastly, if you click on "Thrive Widget Display Options" a new window will pop-up on the screen, with all the available locations in which you can display your widgets: