How To Arrange Your Blog Posts Into A Series

This is the plug-in I was using to power this very series. Check it out. :-)


This is Day 22 of the 30 Days, 30 Killer Wordpress Plug-ins Series.

If you’ve been following along with this series, well then… you probably noticed it was a series. 😉

Running content series on your blog has benefits, not the least of which is traffic. Why?

Because human beings like to complete things. When they start following something, they’re more likely to follow it through until the end. Because of this, an organized series helps build anticipation for what’s coming.

Now, when you run a series, you can obviously link one post to another manually. It is obviously more work, however.

That’s where a plug-in like Organize Series comes into play. And, this is the very plug-in I am using here on the Academy blog.

Basically, this plug-in automates all the usual admin that goes along with a multi-part content series. It links all parts back to the main series. It shows what part number you’re on, and how many parts there are. It provides a screen for people to see all the available series on your site. You get the idea. 🙂 And, if you look on this very post and you see the box which says which day of this series we’re on… that’s what the plug-in does.

As I write this post, I will just assign it to the ongoing series like so:

Organize Series

In the options, you can control what you want the plug-in to do, as well as how it will look. The HTML for the various outputs of the plug-in are all controllable, so you can totally customize it to your site’s look and feel.

You can put this plug-in into the “time saver” category. It isn’t as if you couldn’t manually do what this plug-in does, but it would require the manual creation of a bunch of links… and ensuring none of them are broken.

Organize Series simply makes the whole thing easier.

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  1. It seems to be a pretty nice plugin, and I hesitate to use it. But I honestly don’t really see the added benefit compared to simply using wordpress categories. It does add the text indicating that this is a series on top of the article. But in my opinion, that’s not enough to justify adding one more plugin, and potentially slowing down the blog and making it less secure.

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