May 13, 2010

Related Posts Thumbnails for Blogger

Displaying the links to related posts along with a thumbnail of the corresponding post will help you increase the page views/user .Users will be tempted to go for the related posts when they are presented attractively with thumbnails.



For displaying the thumbnails,this widget will use the images uploaded for the post using the blogger image uploader(from the post editor)

Related Posts Widget with Thumbnails for Blogger


Here are the detailed steps to install the related posts widget for blogger with thumbnails


1.First of all Login to your blogger dashboard and navigate to Layout > Edit HTML and check the "Expand Widget Templates" check box

2.Now look for
</head>



and replace it with



<!--Related Posts with thumbnails Scripts and Styles Start-->
<!-- remove --><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<style type="text/css">
#related-posts {
float:center;
text-transform:none;
height:100%;
min-height:100%;
padding-top:5px;
padding-left:5px;
}

#related-posts h2{
font-size: 1.6em;
font-weight: bold;
color: black;
font-family: Georgia, &#8220;Times New Roman&#8221;, Times, serif;
margin-bottom: 0.75em;
margin-top: 0em;
padding-top: 0em;
}
#related-posts a{
color:black;
}
#related-posts a:hover{
color:black;
}

#related-posts a:hover {
background-color:#d4eaf2;
}

</style>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var defaultnoimage="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_u4gySN2ZgqE/SosvnavWq0I/AAAAAAAAArk/yL95WlyTqr0/s400/noimage.png";
var maxresults=5;
var splittercolor="#d4eaf2";

var relatedpoststitle="Related Posts";
</script>

<script src='http://blogergadgets.googlecode.com/files/related-posts-with-thumbnails-for-blogger-pro.js' type='text/javascript'/>

<!-- remove --></b:if>
<!--Related Posts with thumbnails Scripts and Styles End-->
</head>



3.Now Find

<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>

If you cant find it then try finding this one

<p class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>

Now immediately after any of these lines(whichever you could find) place this code snippet


<!-- Related Posts with Thumbnails Code Start-->

<!-- remove --><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<div id='related-posts'>
<b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'>

<b:if cond='data:label.isLast != &quot;true&quot;'>
</b:if>
<script expr:src='&quot;/feeds/posts/default/-/&quot; + data:label.name + &quot;?alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=related_results_labels_thumbs&amp;max-results=6&quot;' type='text/javascript'/></b:loop>

<script type='text/javascript'>
removeRelatedDuplicates_thumbs();
printRelatedLabels_thumbs(&quot;<data:post.url/>&quot;);
</script>
</div><div style='clear:both'/>

<!-- remove --></b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.url == data:blog.homepageUrl'><b:if cond='data:post.isFirstPost'>
<a href='http://www.bloggerplugins.org/2009/08/related-posts-thumbnails-blogger-widget.html'><img style="border: 0" alt="Related Posts Widget For Blogger with Thumbnails" src="http://image.bloggerplugins.org/blogger-widgets.png" /></a><a href='http://www.bloggerplugins.org/' ><img style="border: 0" alt="Blogger Widgets" src="http://image.bloggerplugins.org/blogger-widgets.png" /></a>

</b:if></b:if>
<!-- Related Posts with Thumbnails Code End-->

4.You can adjust the maximum number of related posts being displayed by editing this line in the code.

var maxresults=5;


5.To edit the title of the widget you can change this line of code

var relatedpoststitle="Related Posts";




6.To change the default thumbnail, you can edit this line of code

var defaultnoimage="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_u4gySN2ZgqE/SosvnavWq0I/AAAAAAAAArk/yL95WlyTqr0/s400/noimage.png";



7.To Change the Colour of the Splitter Line , edit

var splittercolor="#d4eaf2";



To change the other colours and all you will have to modify the CSS


How to display the related posts on every page and not only on the post pages?

Just remove the two lines starting with <!-- remove --> from both step 3 and step 2.

that is lines

<!-- remove --><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>


and

<!-- remove --></b:if>


Related Posts with Thumbnails for Blogger

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