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How to Organize WordPress Long Posts for Better User Experience?

How to Organize WordPress Long Posts for Better User Experience?

It’s easier to read a post full of 300 words instead of a long 4000-word-article for the majority of blog post visitors. Online readers are visiting your website to seek some helpful information with great ease. Therefore, if the information is not presented in an easy-to-ready way then, you may probably lose them due to the inconvenience.

It is a known fact that people do not read online, they SKIM. Many readability techniques are applied to create better surfing experience for your website users. These techniques may include adding images, adding short paragraphs, using an organized navigational setup, spreading links and using pagination methods. All of these can help you avoid a long post or webpage.

WordPress gives you many options to create reader-friendly posts and pages with long paragraphs. The methods can be discussed in detail as below.

Divide Your Post into Organizable Small Chunks

Divide Post into Organizable Small ChunksIn the very beginning, you need to think about the following tips during the process of making your articles easily be read.

  • First write down the details. Think about the topic. Does the topic cover many sub-topics?
  • Think about those smaller portions and create sub-headings.
  • Divide your article in smaller chunks of 300-500 words.
  • Multiple articles should be written in multiple blog posts.
  • You can also create a series of small articles instead of a big 4000-5000 words article.
  • Do not confuse e-books with articles. A 5000 words article is a small e-book, not an article.

Manage Webpage Navigation

Sometimes, long posts work better than big articles. Single topic oriented article should be kept under 1800-2700 words. In such cases, you need to focus on the navigational issues and the page layout. You can put different anchor texts and links for creating a navigational setup for long posts. However, this simply does not work with big websites.

You need a good plugin to do to create navigational setup for long posts. Here, Table of Contents Plus can be recommended.

Organize Long Posts with Table of Contents Plugin

It might seem that this plugin only works for single-page articles. But, a bit of CSS training can help you make it work for multiple pages.

To create this Wikipedia type design, you can insert anchor texts for creating “back to top links.” This can be done by inserting this anchor link at the head location of your webpage.

<a name="anchor"></a>

“Anchor” should be replaced by the required text. Then, you can start pointing links to this section by adding this code line after each section.

<a href="#top">Custom Words</a>

Pagination

PaginationPagination helps you accomplish two objectives. One, people can spend more times on your website. Second, all the content is organized in a beautiful and stylish way. This method does not create separate posts/pages, but it presents the content in a way that it is divided into several pages.

It also provides a clear site structure to your visitor. People can easily click the “NEXT” or “Second” buttons to read the entire article.

WordPress has a great plugin directory with thousands of great tools that are used for best pagination styles, such as WP-Paginate and Advanced Post Pagination.

In addition to making use of plugins, there is a function designed in WordPress solely for pagination purposes. “Paginate-links” can be used to edit your own theme for pagination. Here is the how-to-do part.

Go to the theme editing section and open the function.php file. You then need to add these lines of code segment at the end of this file.

Pagination

Now, you have to call back the pagination function. This function should be called in the theme files to work well with your new pagination requirements. Do not worry, it is easy. Just place the code as below in theme file at where the required pagination should be displayed. You can paste this code in index.php, home.php and categories. Place it after endif. This simply completes the configuration procedure for creating pagination.

Please note that, this article covers the basic methods. You can display content in a stylish & user-friendly way by using certain plugins. However, if you want to edit your own theme to achieve the purpose, then you can use the second mentioned method.

Author

Lucy has been a very experienced SEOer, technical writer, web developer, c# developer since 2002. Now she owns a startup in San Francisco, CA, focusing on running a couple of blogs to share knowledge and experience with global readers and deliver exceptional results to global sponsors by leveraging the power of Internet.

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