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wordpress templatesAs many bloggers out there probably know, it can be very annoying to try and create updates on your blog that are perfectly formatted or that include certain elements (like pictures or ads) into every post. Sometimes, when you’re tired and trying to get something written to your blog as quickly as possible, it’s very easy to forget those formatting issues.

I started my quest for a solution because in all of my blogs I always insert a Google Ad and a picture immediately following the “more” marker. This is a technique that a lot of bloggers use in order to break up the text of any blog entry. Some people insert their own banner image that might promote another part of the website, while others place ads or just imagery to spruce up the post.


The problem is that once you find a perfect format for formatting each post, you’d have to remember to type in that code or insert the picture every time you write a new entry. Not long ago, I wrote about pre-formatting blog posts using the Firefox plugin Scribefire How To Use ScribeFire To Write Quick Preformatted Blog Posts How To Use ScribeFire To Write Quick Preformatted Blog Posts Read More – but sometimes I like to edit directly in WordPress. Thankfully, I discovered an awesome WordPress template plugin called In-Post Template, which will automatically inserts template information into the post for you.

Setting Up The In-Post Template Plug-In

There’s nothing complicated about setting up the In-Post template. Like most other WordPress plugins, all you have to do is FTP the plug-in folder into your WordPress “plugins” folder. Next, go into the plugins area in your WordPress admin panel and activate the In-Post Template plugin.

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Under settings, click on “In-Post Template,” and you’ll see a very simple form to fill out. There are just two text fields and one drop-down box.

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Before we get into the template configuration, I’d like to show you what sort of thing you have to do if you don’t have a template in order to incorporate ads, pictures or anything else into every post you write. Here, I add an image on the right and an ad on the left directly after the “more” marker. With ads, you have to do it after so that your main blog page isn’t filled with 10 or more Google Ads (Google has a limit on the number of in-page ads).

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Instead of typing this code into every single post, you can place it into the “In-post Content” inside the In-Post Template settings. If you don’t use the “more” marker on your blog, the In-Post template still lets you add formatting at the beginning or end of your post.

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For example, if you want to append a bio to every post, just change “Ignore” to “After Post” and type in the information that you’d like appended to every blog post. Now that I’m using the In-Post template, I don’t have to worry about copying and pasting all of that code. I just place the “more” marker and it all gets inserted automatically.

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Here’s the final post with the content automatically inserted. You can do this for your own banners, a preface for every post, a bio at the end of every post – or any other content you are sick of pasting into your blog entries to keep things formatted and consistent.

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The pros of this WordPress template plugin is that it’s one of the easiest I’ve ever seen. There’s virtually no setup – you just add your content and tell the plugin where to place it. The cons of the plugin are that you can’t do all three at once – you can either use the more marker to insert content in the middle of your post, or insert content at the beginning or end. You can’t do all three.

Beyond that, I’ve found the plug-in invaluable for my own needs, and for anyone that needs to insert one section of content into every blog post, this little tool will really save a lot of time.

Have you ever tried the In-Post Template and do you like it? Do you know of any other helpful WordPress template plugins? Share your insight in the comments section below.

Image credit: Svilen Milev

  1. John
    June 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

    So does this mean that you can auto insert code that you can edit different for each post?. Or is the code the same for every post from what ever code you put in using this plugin?.

    I am looking for something that will insert code into each post but I want to change the links on the code and make it different for every post.

  2. Delroy A. Whyte-Hall
    December 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I love your post. I just followed it, and installed in-post-template plugin to my wordpress blog. The only draw back I have it that you have to physicially insert the code in the post itself. Neither can you get the ad aligned to the left. It just stays on the right. Otherwise it suits my immediate need until find something that can be configured to completely suit my needs.

    Delroy A. Whyte-Hall
    http://www.whytehallpr.com

  3. Delroy A. Whyte-Hall
    December 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I love your post. I just followed it, and installed in-post-template plugin to my wordpress blog. The only draw back I have it that you have to physicially insert the code in the post itself. Neither can you get the ad aligned to the left. It just stays on the right. Otherwise it suits my immediate need until find something that can be configured to completely suit my needs.

    Delroy A. Whyte-Hall
    http://www.whytehallpr.com

  4. Loc_im
    December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Does it work on Thesis theme?

  5. Amit Cohen | Link Broker
    November 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah, it a cool tool.
    But what you do when you want to use more then one template?
    Is there a way to use multiple templates and let WP insert randomly in to the post?

  6. Amit Cohen | Link Broker
    November 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Yeah, it a cool tool.
    But what you do when you want to use more then one template?
    Is there a way to use multiple templates and let WP insert randomly in to the post?

  7. Lynn
    November 22, 2010 at 12:41 am

    thanks for the great instructions and the love your site :)

    I installed this plugin and it works - except!! it is not adding to posts on the main page - only to the pages of the posts. How can I make it appear in everypost - even on the index page?

  8. Lynn
    November 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

    thanks for the great instructions and the love your site :)

    I installed this plugin and it works - except!! it is not adding to posts on the main page - only to the pages of the posts. How can I make it appear in everypost - even on the index page?

  9. Ryan Dube
    October 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Hi HS - it depends where you want to add the widget and what kind of blog you have. What's your blogging platform?

  10. HS
    October 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Great article. I'm wondering, though, is there a way to add custom widgets to your blog page? For instance, I'm trying to add my "mini etsy" (http://www.etsy.com/shop/hswin... to my blog (http://therottenpersoninyou.wo... but I can't seem to figure out where to add the java code, is the only way to add this through editing the css?

  11. HS
    October 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Great article. I'm wondering, though, is there a way to add custom widgets to your blog page? For instance, I'm trying to add my "mini etsy" (http://www.etsy.com/shop/hswin10) to my blog (http://therottenpersoninyou.wordpress.com/) but I can't seem to figure out where to add the java code, is the only way to add this through editing the css?

  12. Ryan Dube
    October 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Yes Aibek - that's exactly what I use it for. However, I didn't want to mention Adsense ads since I know how you feel about those "kinds" of articles. :-)

  13. Mr.Ven
    October 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Nice plugin, which makes the work simpler especially in adding code specific to a page instantly. This plugin helps a lot for bloggers to quickly monetize their HOT pages which gets more traffic :-)

    • Ryan Dube
      October 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      Mr. Ven - I agree completely. :-)

  14. Binoy xavier
    October 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Will this conflict with hooks in Thesis theme?

    • Ryan Dube
      October 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      Binoy - it depends if it uses the "more" marker...if the Thesis theme does use it then I assume one of two things will happen, either one will override the other, or both will insert content after the marker in which case you could end up with a jumbled mess... :-)

  15. Aibek
    October 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Ryan,

    I am wondering if it's possible to use the plugin to auto-insert say Adsense ads (or any other content) right under the more tag in the article?

  16. Aibek
    October 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Ryan,

    I am wondering if it's possible to use the plugin to auto-insert say Adsense ads (or any other content) right under the more tag in the article?

    • Ryan Dube
      October 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      Yes Aibek - that's exactly what I use it for. However, I didn't want to mention Adsense ads since I know how you feel about those "kinds" of articles. :-)

      • Aibek
        October 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

        thanks, I am going to make use of this :-)

  17. Ken_lim2932
    October 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

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  18. zcw1230wwa
    October 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

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