The “Popular Posts” plugin is a very handy one. When new readers visit the blog this plugin shows them your work that has gone down well, and when they see your best material, it just might convince them to subscribe to your RSS feed.
Now I was actually surprised about how easy this was to set up.
Firstly, download the Popularity Contest plugin from this page. From there most users will know what to do, but here’s my guide on how I set up the Popular Posts plugin on the sidebar of this blog.
After you download the plugin, upload it to your plugins directory, and then activate it from the WordPress admin panel. Then, since I wanted to implement my plugin in the sidebar, I edited the sidebar.php file, and firstly added a new heading by putting in :
After this heading simply throw in the following code :
<ul><?php akpc_most_popular(); ?></ul>
That’s all I had to do, so I’m presuming that’s all you’ll have to do!
It’s actually quite interesting to see which posts get onto the most popular list. The method of calculating the popular ones is described as follows on the website : “Views, comments, etc. are tracked and given configurable point values to determine popularity.”
I’d like more info as to how exactly it works, but what ya gonna do?
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