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How to Allow Users to Add Favorite Posts in WordPress

Do you want to allow users to save posts as favorites in WordPress?

By adding this feature, your members and users can bookmark their favorite posts, or any content they want to read later.

In this article, we will show you how to allow users to add favorite posts in WordPress by creating a bookmark button.

How to allow users to add favorite posts in WordPress

Why Allow Users to Add Favorite Posts in WordPress?

Growing your traffic with new visitors is important, but just as important is getting those visitors to stay on your site, engage with your content, and return to read more.

On a typical site, over 70% of visitors will never return. That’s why smart website owners start an email newsletter and use other tactics to get more repeat visitors.

If you run a website that allows user registration, such as a membership site or online store, then one good way to get your users to return is to allow them to favorite blog posts.

When your users can keep a list of their favorite content, they have a reason to keep revisiting your site and renewing their membership.

Plus, you can show all your visitors the most popular posts on your WordPress website to keep them engaged and reading more.

With that in mind, let’s see how to allow users to add favorite posts on your WordPress blog.

How to Allow Users to Add Favorite Posts in WordPress

Before a visitor can favorite a post, they must be able to create an account for your website.

If you don’t already have this set up, then there are a few different ways to do it. You can create a WordPress membership site if you’d like to monetize your site by creating premium content for members only. Or you could simply allow user registration on your WordPress site with default user roles and capabilities.

Once you’ve enabled user registration, you’re ready to add a ‘favorite’ button to your site.

The easiest way to add a bookmark feature is by using the CBX Bookmark & Favorite plugin. This plugin lets you add a bookmark button to your posts, pages, or custom post types.

The CBX bookmarking plugin

To start, you’ll need to install and activate the CBX Bookmark & Favorite plugin. If you need help, then please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is activated, you can easily add a bookmark button to your site.

The CBX Bookmark and Favorite plugin has a block that allows you to add a bookmark button to a particular page or post. This is useful if you want to control exactly what content your members can favorite, so we’ll be covering the block method towards the end of the post.

However, adding a button to every single page and post can take a lot of time and effort particularly if you’ve already published lots of content.

With that in mind, you may want to configure the plugin to automatically add a bookmark button to all your pages, posts, or pages and posts.

To add the bookmark button automatically, head over to CBX Bookmark » Setting.

The CBX Bookmark & Favorite plugin settings

On this screen, scroll to the Post Type Selection section.

You can now click on the field to open a dropdown showing all of the different content where you can add a bookmark button.

Automatically add the bookmark button to pages and posts

Simply click on the different content types where you want to add the button.

In the following image, we’re letting our members favorite any page or post.

The CBX plugin settings page

Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to enable the plugin’s auto integration feature. This will add a bookmark button to the different content types in the ‘Post Type Selection’ field.

To do this, click on the field next to ‘Post Type Auto Integration.’ You can then click to select all of the different content types where you want to add a bookmark button.

Automatically adding a favorites button to your WordPress website

After that, the next step is choosing whether the bookmark button will appear above your website’s content or below the content.

In the following image, you can see an example of how the bookmark button will look when displayed above the post content.

A bookmark button above the post content

This makes it easy for users to quickly bookmark a post that they plan to read later.

Another option is to show the bookmark button below the post’s content.

A visitor who reaches the end of a post has typically read some, or all of the post content. If they enjoyed that content, then they can use this button to favorite the post so they can easily re-read it later.

Once you’ve decided whether to add the button before or after the post’s content, open the ‘Auto Integration’ dropdown. You can now click on either ‘Before Content’ or ‘After Content.’

Changing where the favorite button appears on WordPress

This page has some other settings that allow you to change the label that’s used for the bookmark button, add a button to your archive page, and make other important changes.

These settings are all fairly self-explanatory so you may want to spend some time looking through them. When you’re happy with the changes you’ve made, it’s time to publish your new bookmark buttons.

To do this, simply click on the Save Settings button. Now when you visit your website, you will see a new bookmark button on your pages and posts.

How to Add a Favorites Button to Any WordPress Post or Page

Another option is to add a bookmark button to specific pages, posts, or custom post types using the block editor.

This can take a lot of time especially compared to adding the bookmark buttons automatically. However, it does let you control exactly where the button appears on your website. For example, you could create a ‘favorite’ button in the middle of a post’s content.

To create the bookmark button using a block, simply open the page or post where you want to add the button. Then, click on the ‘+’ icon.

In the popup that appears, type ‘CBX Bookmark Button’ to find the right block.

Adding a bookmark block to WordPress

Then simply click on ‘CBX Bookmark Button’ to add the block to your page or post. There are a few different CBX blocks, so make sure you click on the right one.

By default, this block shows a bookmark button and the number of users who have favorited the page or post.

People are more likely to read a post if it seems popular, so this number can be a form of social proof.

However, if your site is new, very few people may favorite your posts. A bookmark button that shows very low numbers can make you seem unpopular.

For this reason, you may want to hide the number until more people engage with your website’s content.

To do this, click on the ‘CBX Bookmark Button’ block. Then in the right-hand sidebar toggle ‘Show Count’ from blue (active) to grey (disabled).

Hiding the total favorite count

You can now go ahead and update or publish the page as normal.

Once you’ve done that, you will see the button live on your website.

A favorite, or bookmark button in WordPress

How to Add a List of Favorite Categories to your WordPress Website

Users can organize their bookmarked content by adding it to different categories. This will make it easier for users to revisit a particular post, even if they’ve bookmarked dozens of pages and posts.

For example, if you’ve created an online store using WooCommerce, then customers might use categories to create multiple wishlists such as ‘party supplies’ or ‘holiday clothes.’

Users can either create a new category or add the page to an existing category.

Allowing users to add favorite posts in WordPress

The CBX Bookmark & Favorite plugin even has two special blocks that let you show the user’s categories on your website.

The ‘CBX Bookmark Categories’ block shows all the different categories that the visitor has created. The user can then click on a category to see all the posts they’ve bookmarked within that category.

A list of favorited posts in WordPress

You can add this block to any page or post but it’s a good idea to make sure it’s easy to find. For this reason, you might create a new My Bookmarks page and then add this page to your navigation menu.

Another option is to add the ‘CBX Bookmark Categories’ block to your membership pages. If you’re using MemberPress to power your membership site or online store, then MemberPress creates a My Account page automatically.

The MemberPress My Account page

You can add the ‘CBX Bookmark Categories’ block to this My Account page.

In this way, your members can easily revisit any posts that they’ve favorited.

A MemberPress page showing account categories

To add a ‘CBX Bookmark Categories’ block to a page or post, simply click on the ‘+’ button.

You can then type in ‘CBX Bookmark Categories’ and click on the right block when it appears.

The CBX Bookmark Categories block

Then, just save or update your WordPress page as normal.

Another option is to show the user’s bookmarked posts as a list. To do this, click on the ‘+’ button and search for ‘CBX My Bookmarked Posts.’

Adding a 'favorites' block to your WordPress website

By default, the ‘CBX My Bookmarked Posts’ block will show 10 posts that the visitor has marked as their favorite.

To show more or less posts, just click on the ‘CBX My Bookmarked Posts’ block in the post editor. You can then type a new number into the ‘Number of Posts’ field.

Showing a different number of favorite WordPress posts

The default setting is ‘Descending Order,’ which shows the most recently favorited posts at the top of the list.

Want to show the most recently bookmarked posts at the bottom of the list instead? Simply open the ‘Order’ dropdown and click on ‘Ascending Order.’

Changing the order of the bookmarked WordPress posts

Additionally, this block will show bookmarked content for all post types by default.

If you prefer, then you can show bookmarked content for a specific post type, such as pages or media. To do this, simply find the ‘Post Type(s)’ section and click on the type of content that you want to show.

Showing favorite posts from a specific bookmark category

When you’re happy with how the block is set up, you can either publish or update the page.

How to Show Your WordPress Site’s Most Frequently Bookmarked Posts

FOMO means that we are more likely to try things that we see other people recommending, buying, using, or reading.

With that in mind, you may want to show a list of your site’s most-bookmarked pages.

This can make users want to find out why this content is so popular with other members of the community, which can get you more pageviews. For example, many news aggregator websites have a ‘Most Popular Stories’ section.

It can also encourage visitors to become members by showing that your site has an active community with lots of interesting content.

To add the list to your site, simply open any page, post, or widget-ready area. Then, go ahead and click on the ‘+’ button and type in ‘CBX Most Bookmarked Posts.’

You can then click to add the block to your site.

Creating a list of your most popular WordPress posts

After adding the block, you can customize it by following the same process described above.

You can also change the ‘Duration’ of the list. For example, it can show the most frequently bookmarked posts for the last day or even for a full year.

Choosing a shorter duration typically means that the list will change more frequently. This is a great way to keep members coming back to your site to check out the latest content.

To select a timeframe, simply open the ‘Duration’ dropdown and click the time period that you want to pull posts from.

Displaying your most frequently favorited WordPress posts

When you’re happy with how the block is set up, don’t forget to save your changes by publishing or updating the post.

Now if you visit your site, you’ll see a list of your site’s most frequently bookmarked content.

How to Monitor Your Audience’s Favorite Posts

Once you’ve added some bookmark buttons to your website, it’s smart to monitor how members use those buttons.

This can help you identify content that’s getting the most user engagement. You can then look for similar products and add them to your affiliate site to try to get even more engagement and sales.

To start, you can see a list of all the different categories that members have created by going to CBX Bookmark » Bookmark Categories.

The Bookmark Category Manager

If lots of people use similar categories, then it suggests this type of content is popular with your users. You may be able to increase your blog traffic and keep your members engaged by creating more of this type of content.

You can also see all the posts that users have bookmarked by going to CBX Bookmark » User Bookmarks.

Monitoring your audience's bookmarks and favoriting

If lots of people favorite the same post, then you should create more of this type of content.

We hope this article helped you learn how to allow users to add favorite posts in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create a contact form and the best AI chatbots for your website.

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37 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing this blog. Really nice and fresh content. All the information is helpful for us.

  2. Hello,

    please, is the “WP Favorite Posts” plugin still updated and supported? I read comments from various people that it is not being updated anymore. If that’s the case, could you please suggest any alternative plugin for user favourite/bookmarking?

    Many thanks!

    Kind regards,

    Fede

  3. I have a big problem with it!
    when I deselect a post after refresh the page, it come back!

    remove not work at all!

  4. Hi,
    I am using this wp-favorite post plugin, and it is finely working. I used the shortcode to show the favorited post into a seperate page. I want to show the count of favorited post in that perticular page.
    Is there any method to get the count of Favorited post .??

  5. Hi,
    I would like to know if there is a way where in the homepage of my website can be customized based on a users likes/dislikes. The categories he likes their posts should come right at the top.

    Looking for a solution.

  6. Could you please make a tutorial how to correctly add a hreflang to WordPress?
    Hope you’ll reconsider my request.

  7. Will this also work with user profiles. For example, i want my site to allow some users to be able to view a list of other viewers profile pages. On those pages, they won’t be able to edit the other users’ profiles, but they will be able to favorite them–at least that’s what I’m trying to accomplish. Will your method work?

  8. Is it possible to have user profiles also saved as favorites? If I give access to users to view profiles of other users, I’d like those users to be able to Favorite any other user profile that they view using this plugin. is this possible using the method you described in your article?

  9. Hi, is there any way to create few sites for users, for example:
    – Add to favorites,
    -Add to currently reading,
    -Add to watchlist etc
    and create specific pages for all this options?

    • Yes it is possible to create profile pages with tabs where users can see their favorites, currently reading, watchlist, etc. However, if you want to do that we would recommend using a membership plugin.

      Admin

  10. Nice plugin and tip brother, I installed it and worked super-fine.

    And i was wondering if there’s a way I can show what posts a particular user favorites in user’s profile, I mean a user can indeed see what posts he/she likes but is there a way a user can see what posts other user favorites ?

  11. i just installed it and it worked fine :)

    I have one question. Is it possible when you show all your favorites that you get image of the article/item/blog you liked also? Orelse you have to remember it by the name.

    Then i would be sooo happy :D

    (i am newbie in wordpress, so i am not a geek on codes.. i hope its possible to install something so it just work?)

    • Yes it is possible, but you would have to edit a few codes. wpfp-page-template.php << Look at this file in the plugin's folder. You would basically have to recreate this query in your custom page template. Sorry, it sounds a bit overwhelming, but that is what is needed.

      Admin

      • Ok – thanks for the reply. I have been looking for a nice theme where its already done, but with no luck. I am not good enough myself, when it comes to make coding from scratz.. :)

  12. This plugin is not functioning at all I installed it and activated it but my server respond with fatal error whoever is a developer of this plugin should get rid of it and stop putting low grades on WordPress awsome plugins.

  13. I think this is one of thoie plugins we could politely call ‘delicate’. It has an awesome features list and when it works it is just great but it is obviously NOT working on every theme / relaease / server and it is not playing nicely with other plugins.

    I really want this functionality. When I first installed it, it was up and running immmediately. When I tried to configure it a bit, it broke. When I uninstalled it, I found that the uninstall was not clean and complete – it was no longer showing in my admin panel, or through standard FTP, but when I did ‘show hidden files’ on FTP it showed up. This is so wrong – shoulda uninstalled when it claimed to form admin and should not be hidden.

    So I deleted the hidden files but when I reinstalled the plugin, some of my settings were still as configured which suggest I was not able to fully remove it form my server. So wrong.

    I have tried deleting and reinstalling multiple times and cannot get it back to clean.

    So I am one of the 50% for whom it does not work, which is a shame as it looke pretty good for the 5 minutes it was up on my site.

  14. When I used “{{wp-favorite-posts}}” for showing up all favorite posts on a page, There was nothing except “Clear Favorites” link. Can anybody help me with this. Thanks in advance.

      • Hi, I’m currently have this problem and yup I’ve favorited numerous posts and still nothing. Any ideas? The support forum is all but dead unfortunately :(

        Cheers

        • I have the same issue. Favorited a bunch of posts. they dont show in the favorites page. did you fix it?

    • Hoping this will help someone else having this same issue – as mentioned below, you have to have posts favorited already for the page to display anything.

      If you have marked something as a favorite and it isn’t showing up, it is likely because you are favoriting a page or custom post type, not a post of type “post.”
      If you want to favorite “page” types, or any other custom post type (ex: recipes on a cooking site), then you’ll need to make a simple edit to the wpfp-page-template.php file.
      Around line 23 you should see a comment on supporting other post types (page, custom types, etc.).
      Uncomment this line: $qry[‘post_type’] = array(‘post’,’page’);
      That should do it for adding “page” to the types allowed to be favorited.
      If you have other custom types you can add them to that array, or in place of something else, like:
      $qry[‘post_type’] = array(‘recipe’,’page’);

  15. The WP Favorite Posts plugin Sucks. It is also deprecated and not functioning properly with wordpress 3.2 up. Do your homework.

  16. Though, it words good but that Gif loading image is continuously showing wherever, I had implemented. And also there’s no support from the developer of this plugin :(

  17. I also used this plugin for a client project a few months back and it worked just fine – despite the voting.

  18. Hi, thanks for this great post. I am currently using GD Star Rating plugin on my blog. Do both have the same or different functions? I am interested to try using the WP Favorite Posts plugin. Thank you.

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