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Monday, October 15, 2012

External related posts

Related posts widget got better. Now you can link to external pages with one click right on recommendations tab in administrator interface.
How it works:
  1. In "switch to" field (1) you enter URL of a page from site you want to link to (that site should have ratings widget installed and a key should be generated). Press Enter and wait until it's loaded.
  2. Chose a parent page on the left panel. Click link (2) to connect recommended page.
  3. If you setup widget to display thumbnails, for external pages they should be specified manually. For Blogspot users it's easy, just click on (3).
Don't forget to save changes. Every time you switch to a new site it's address will be displayed below as a link for quick switching. To switch to pages of the site that you're currently managing click on "Self" link. Links display up to 3 recently used sites.

Important: to be able to switch to site this site's "Allow other users to see my ratings" option should be turned on.

Reminding what is what on recommendations page. On the left panel there're the parent pages that you're creating recommendations for. Parent page you're working on right now is expanded and marked green. On the right panel there're the pages of your site. To create new parent page click on "←"; to connect page with parent click on "✓". Lightgray boxes mark pages already connected to selected parent, lightgreen boxes mark pages picked automatically based on labels (but not yet connected).

Coming soon: automatic feed detection (to avoid manual thumbnails setup) and automatic detection of similar pages from external sites.

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