I recently started using an alternative “related posts” plugin on my worpress.org site and ended up having a problem. Both WordPress’ Jetpack “related posts” and my new “related posts” plugin were enabled, looking odd at the end of my posts.
I found myself asking myself “why are the related posts that show up at the end of posts duplicating? Am I seeing double?”
As poorly as the “new” plugin shown at the bottom of the screenshot above looks, YARPP was what I was experimenting with at the time that I ran into this issue (I have to touch up settings still). The matter at hand still applies – how do you remove the “automatic “Related” section when you don’t want to use it?
Unchecking boxes in “Settings > Reading” won’t help
If you only disable the four checkboxes in Settings > Reading under “Related Posts”, this is going to happen:
Step-by-step guide – disabling Jetpack “Related”
I found the answer on the WordPress support forum but it left something to be desired, including step-by-step screenshots. It’s all down to Jetpack’s built-in functionality. Here’s my version of a help guide!
Step #1 – Plugins screen
Go to your WordPress CMS’ dashboard. On the lefthand side of your screen, click “Plugins“.
Step #2 – Jetpack settings
Scroll to find the “Jetpack by WordPress.com” plugin. Click “Settings“.
Step #3 – Traffic tab
You’ll see this navigation bar. Click “Traffic“
Step #4 – Jetpack’s Traffic screen
Next, you’ll see this screen, with the “Show related content after posts” toggle switched “ON” (to the right and blue).
Step #5 – Turn related posts off
Turn “Show related content after posts” to “OFF” (left and greyed out).
Step #6 – Be happy (you’re finished)
That will solve your problem! You’ll be able to use your own “related posts” plugin or not use a substitute at all. Now that this technical hurdle is overcome, the rest is up to you!