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.
The ratio of each tile can be set so that your post's featured image can appear nicely as a background. The choice of '4:3', 'Square' and 'Widescreen' (16:9) is available to you.
If you do not use featured images in your posts, the tiles will display a watermark by default. 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'.
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.
As well as formatting, certain display options can be enabled on a module to show or hide information and react to mouseovers.
Reveal more on hover - When enabled, this displays the post title and hides any description text in each tile, revealing it only when the mouse hovers over it. When disabled, both the title and description are always visible.
Display title only - When enabled, this hides any description text in each tile, leaving only the title on show. When disabled, both the title and description are visible.
Display author - When enabled, displays the name of the post author.
Display date - When enabled, displays the date the post was first published.
Shine on hover - When enabled, a white glint appears across part of a tile when the mouse hovers over it.
Separate text - When enabled, the tile text appears separately below the background image, instead of being overlaid.
Using portrait images - When enabled, this fits portrait-orientated post images to each tile, so they display without gaps on each side. We recommend you use the square ratio for your tiles for the best effect. Nb. If you also use landscaped images for some posts, a gap will appear below those images on their module tiles.
Add Bibblio link - When enabled, the label "Refined by Bibblio" appears under the bottom-right of the module. Bibblio is fast becoming a hallmark of clarity in a climate of increasing distrust. Adding this marker to your module assures your audience that these recommendations are credible and genuine.
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&bibblio_module=verticalModule 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.