We may be bloggers, content providers, writers, or whatever you want to call yourself, but at the end of the day, we are also consumers. If you think about it, when we’re not writing, we’re reading. Or playing games, in some cases. 😉
Some that reading time may be because we want to be at the top of our game when it comes to the niche we write about. Some of the time may be reading for the simple pleasure of reading.
Whatever the reason, it cannot be denied that reading is an inherent part of the Internet experience. And that’s where the highlighting of content comes into the picture.
For many people, they just want to see the content of the article or blog post. They want to see the text, the words, and perhaps the accompanying images.
That’s why posts like this on Medium appeal to readers. The content is the focus of the post, and while photos break up the text, there is flow that still highlights what is to be read without distraction.
Understandably, however, some sites need to have ads and other elements that may distract the reader from the content.
What can you do to balance these needs out?
Enter the WP Couch Mode Plugin.
This plugin gives the reader the option to forego all the ads and other distracting elements that may be found in your site. What it does, basically, is to add a link – which is customizable – to content. When this link is clicked, a lightbox pops up, showing only the content.
Developer Ritesh Vatwani has incorporated several options, as seen in the screenshot below.
When the reader chooses “Read Mode”, this is what he will see.
Obviously, that distraction-free mode is more appealing to readers. Unless you’re one to actively seek ads for some reason.
For a more in-depth analysis of how WP Couch Mode performs click here.
If you want to download the plugin or check out the developer details, click here.
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Author: Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
Editor of Splashpress Media, writer, and geek bitten by the travel bug.