Depending on the type of WordPress blog you have, you may often find that you are writing a series of posts and want your readers to have easy access to the other posts in your series. Others may find that they like to break their posts into several individual parts, but want the readers to see that these posts are linked together.

This can be accomplished in several ways, but very few of them are efficient and easy. Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, you are in luck! Remstate offers a free WordPress plugin called In Series that makes cross referencing posts in a series easy to accomplish.

Once you’ve uploaded and activated the plugin, the installation is complete! You will then see a field called In Series in your Dashboard’s Write panel. When writing the first post that belongs in a series, you will need to create a name for the series, then in any future installments of the series simply select it from the drop-down menu. If you’ve already written posts that belong in a series, you can go back and edit them and select the series in the drop-down menu. They will be added in the order that you’ve added them to the series, however, so you’ll want to add to the series in sequential order.

This plugin will not be necessary for all blogs, but I’ve found a lot of use for it on several blogs I run. It goes a long way towards retaining search engine traffic and increasing page views.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  1. Christopher Kirk says:

    This is great. I have definite use for this in at least two of the blogs that I have. I am going to download it today. Will the plugin identify the related post in a certain way in the code so that you can do specific CSS formating for each series to make them unique?

  2. Kyle Eslick says:

    Christopher – You select what you want to group together. This can be accomplished from the Write panel. You can edit old posts to group them into a series.

    Nala – Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Quandary says:

    First up: thanks for the mention! I always appreciate getting more exposure. :)

    @Christopher

    Yes; by default the plugin generates two DIV blocks, one classed “series_toc” and the other classed “series_links”. You can, however, specify exactly what HTML you want In Series to output using the Options -> Series page.

    @Kyle

    You don’t technically have to add your posts sequentially — that’s generally the easiest way to do it, though. You can re-order posts within a series at any time by using the same In Series area in the writing dashboard. The dropdown changes to a re-order list when a post is in a series; this is also how you remove a post from the series.

  4. Michael says:

    Great timing on this post, I’m in the middle of coming up with some ideas for a series of posts I’m planning on doing. It’s a Geek Gift Guide, this will surely help tie the posts together.

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  17. In Series is no longer supported as of WordPress 2.7 …. how helpful?

  18. Andrew Brown says:

    If you just need a quick listing of posts grouped by month I’ve written a snippet of code for this on my blog at: http://monsterboxpro.com/blog/2009/07/20/grouping-wordpress-posts-by-month/

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