The Overview tab shows you how many posts are stored in Bibblio's recommendations brain as well as the amount of times per month that the widget has been rendered on your post pages.
To see your full analytics, including module clicks and click-through rate, go to your dedicated dashboard on Bibblio.
Handling Existing Posts
You can import any posts you have published before you installed this plugin by pressing the Import published posts button.
The import will start with your most recent published posts and work backwards until it has either ingested all of your published posts or has reached your storage limit. This limit depends on the plan you have with Bibblio. If you need more space you can easily upgrade your plan.
You can pause and resume this import at any time to cater for storage limits or to avoid peak traffic times on your website.
You can prioritize recency so that posts published within your chosen time span are more likely to appear as recommendations (and conversely, those older are less likely).
Drag the slider to the period that suits the nature of your site. (e.g. an online publication that thrives on the latest news might prefer 2 days, so that recommendations are very recent, whereas a magazine site or journal might prefer 2 years, to allow users to discover older yet relevant content deep within their platform.)
Drag the slider to OFF to be sure recency does not influence the recommendations.
Handling Future Posts
Stop any new published posts from being recommended via the widget by switching it OFF.
If you switch this setting ON, any new posts published whilst it was set to OFF can be imported to Bibblio via the Import published posts button (see above). Nb. If you edit and update an as-yet unimported published post, it will be automatically imported at that moment.
Standard posts and custom post types
If you use custom post types you can choose which types you wish to be included in your recommendations. Adding post types is a one way street - if you want to remove posts of a specific type you must deactivate the plugin, reactivate it and start again.
Disconnecting this widget
Should you wish to remove the widget from your site you can press the Disconnect button. This will log you out of the Bibblio plugin and detach all of your posts from Bibblio. Your actual posts within WordPress will not be affected but all Bibblio widgets within them will not appear.
Beware that disconnection will apply to all of your environments. E.g. If you disconnect the widget from your development environment it will instantly disconnect from your live environment too.
You can reactivate the widget at any time using your Bibblio client ID and client secret. You will need to reimport your posts and create your modules again. Any analytics data from previous activations will be preserved.
A module is a widget containing related posts that can sit on any part of your post pages.
Automatically add a module to the bottom of all of your posts by selecting the module from the dropdown. Customize the title that appears above the module or keep it as the default ("Related"). Click Save to be sure these changes happen.
There are a variety of layouts that can be chosen to suit your website theme and positioning. Have a play and see which works best on your pages.
Tip: A 'Showcase', 'Grid' or 'Row' style would look great in the footer, while a 'Column' would work in the side bar.
Text upon image - The related post title sits on top of its featured image in each tile.
Text beneath image - The related post title sits underneath its featured image.
Explanatory link beneath module - An information icon sits to the bottom-right of the entire module, linking to a page (that opens in a new tab) explaining why your related posts are trustworthy. Bibblio is a hallmark of clarity in a climate of increasing distrust. Adding this information link to your module assures your audience that these recommendations are credible and genuine, rather than advertising or clickbait.
The ratio of each tile can be set so that your post's featured image can appear nicely as a background.
Wide - 16:9 ratio.
4:3 - 4:3 ratio.
Square - 1:1 ratio.
Tall - 2:3 ratio.
If you do not use featured images in your posts, you can use the Text-only layout instead.
If you were to use a tiled layout without featured images, each tile would display a watermarked pattern. You can change this and any other design elements by overriding specific module classes in your own style sheet, provided it loads after Bibblio's CSS file in the page head. This action requires an understanding of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and should only be attempted if you are confident with them.
Tip: If you usually have very long titles, consider using a ratio that would fit a lot of text, such as 'Square' or 'Tall'.
You can set the font style and size of the headline in each tile. For legibility, the description below the title remains as the Arial font.
If you use a non system font for headlines and want to use that instead, do this by overriding our stylesheet with your own.
You can change anything you like by overriding our stylesheet! If you find a change isn't appearing on your page, add !important after the parameter, to force it to override.
Invert to white - Changes the text color to white for legibility on dark themed websites, where applicable.
Vertical alignment - Anchor the top, middle or bottom of all of your featured images to its tile edge. This is useful if you've been creating featured images that always have their focal point in a certain area of the picture.
Hover for shine effect - A white glint appears across the right side of a tile when the cursor passes over it.
Hover for spectrum effect - A spectrum of color appears across the right side of a tile when the cursor passes over it.
Author - Displays the name of the post author.
Date published - Displays the date the post was first published.
Site domain - Displays the top-level domain of the page being linked to. This only appears if you are running Syndication on your modules. Find out more here.
Hover for title - Hides all titles, revealing them only when the cursor hovers over each tile (Text upon image arrangement only).
Hover for properties - Hides all properties, revealing them only when the cursor hovers over each tile (Text upon image arrangement only).
Hover for preview - Reveals a preview of the page's content when the cursor hovers over each tile.
You can influence how the plugin decides which related posts it should display.
For example, you could set the plugin to consider relevant posts that are more popular than others.
Click on the Module Settings button. Under Recommendation Type, choose one of the following from the dropdown:
Improved page views - Optimize the module for relevant suggestions that are also influenced by their popularity.
Relevance only - Optimize the module for relevant suggestions based purely on their content.
When done, be sure to click Update.
You can append additional query string parameters to the target url of recommended items in the module designer. This is especially useful for specifying analytics parameters, such as utm_source.
For example, you could add something like the following query string parameter:
and utm_source=Bibblio_Module would then be appended to the target url of each recommendation, allowing you to monitor recommendation performance closely.
Click on the Module Settings button. Under Manage Tracking, click Add new tracking parameter to assign a name and value.
When done, be sure to click Update.
When you are happy with how your module looks, you can create a name for it and save it. Saved modules can be viewed and edited via the large buttons across the top of the Modules panel.
You can also delete modules at any point. Be sure to check your side bars and footers before deleting a module that may be in use.