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Bibblio Related Content Module

Get content recommendations quickly and easily with Bibblio's pre-built Related Content Module. It comes with all the JavaScript and CSS you'll need to get content recommendations on the page.

Signing Up

Sign up for a free plan if you haven't already. You'll need to get started with our API to use this module.

Check out the full docs here.

Installing the assets

CDN (recommended)

The easiest way to use the module is via our CDN. There is no need to install anything since the assets can be retrieved directly from Bibblio's servers. Simply include them in your page as follows:

    <!-- CSS -->.
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="">

    <!-- JavaScript -->
    <script src=""></script>

If you would like to host the assets yourself instead they can be installed via Bower and npm.


The Bower package can be installed with the following command:

bower install bibblio-related-content-module

And included like this:

    <!-- CSS -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="bower_components/bibblio-related-content-module/css/bib-related-content.css">

    <!-- JavaScript -->
    <script src="bower_components/bibblio-related-content-module/js/bib-related-content.js"></script>


The NPM package can be installed with the following command:

npm install bibblio-related-content-module

And included like this:

    <!-- CSS -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="node_modules/bibblio-related-content-module/css/bib-related-content.css">

    <!-- JavaScript -->
    <script src="node_modules/bibblio-related-content-module/js/bib-related-content.js"></script>

If using NPM you may also want to require the module with NodeJS:

var Bibblio = require("bibblio-related-content-module");

Using the module

Once the assets are included, the module can be added to a page by calling the JavaScript function provided:


Typically this would be done on the pageReady event, but could also be dropped in a script tag at the bottom of the page.

The function accepts a JavaScript object as its only parameter. This object can contain the following properties:

'targetElementId' (required)

The DOM id of an HTML element you'd like to initialise as a related content panel. For example, this parameter could be 'yourRelatedContentModuleDiv', provided the following element exists on the page:

<div id="yourRelatedContentModuleDiv"></div>

You will need to drop this (empty) HTML element onto the page yourself and position it as you wish.

'recommendationKey' (required)

Allows you to safely connect to the Bibblio API from a page visitor's browser. The recommendation key can be obtained from our API or your management console (click on the Credentials page and then select Manage my keys).

'contentItemId' (required unless customUniqueIdentifier is provided instead)

The Bibblio contentItemId of the content item being displayed. Content recommendations will be based on this Bibblio content item. The contentItemId is provided when creating a content item, and is retrievable when listing your content items.

NB: You must provide either a contentItemId or a customUniqueIdentifier.

'customUniqueIdentifier' (required if no contentItemId is provided)

It is possible to use your own id to retrieve recommendations, thereby avoiding the need to store Bibblio's contentItemId in your database. To do this, make sure you provide a customUniqueIdentifier when creating a content item. This allows you to specify the customUniqueIdentifier here, when retrieving recommendations. In this case, content recommendations will be based on the Bibblio content item with the customUniqueIdentifier specified. If you would prefer to store Bibblio's id simply use contentItemId as documented above.

NB: You must provide either a contentItemId or a customUniqueIdentifier. A customUniqueIdentifier must be supplied if autoIngestion is enabled.

'autoIngestion' (optional)

The Related Content Module is able to ingest content automatically. It will attempt to retrieve recommendations for the specified content item. If the item does not exist and autoIngestion is set to true, the module will attempt to parse the content item from the page. Subsequent page loads will then be able to display recommendations once the item has been ingested and indexed. This saves you the trouble of integrating with Bibblio on your backend systems. There are some things to keep in mind when enabling autoIngestion: a customUniqueIdentifier must be supplied, the item will be ingested the first time it is viewed in a browser, the domain from which it originates must be whitelisted, and future updates to item text will not be considered. If you do require content items to be ingested and synced immediately at the time of publication and update then it would be best to integrate with the API directly. Please contact us if you are uncertain about the choice.

'autoIngestionCatalogueId' (optional)

When auto-ingesting, this property allows you to specify the catalogueId that a content item should be assigned to. This will only take effect on initial ingestion. Module loads subsequent to ingestion will disregard this property. Cannot be supplied if autoIngestionCustomCatalogueId is present.

'autoIngestionCustomCatalogueId' (optional)

When auto-ingesting, this property allows you to specify your own label for catalogue assignment. This allows you to avoid storing Bibblio's catalogueId since your own, pre-existing label can be used instead. The specified catalogue will be created if it does not exist. Thereafter it will be reused. Catalogue assignment will only take effect on initial ingestion. Module loads subsequent to ingestion will disregard this property. Cannot be supplied if autoIngestionCatalogueId is present.

'catalogueIds' (optional)

The catalogues that recommendations should draw from. The catalogueId of any catalogues you own would be valid. Accepts an array of strings. Default is the same catalogue as the source content item specified. Cannot be supplied if customCatalogueIds is present.

'customCatalogueIds' (optional)

The customCatalogueIds that a recommendation should draw from. This allows you to retrieve recommendations for a particular catalogue without having to store Bibblio's catalogueIds (see autoIngestionCustomCatalogueId above). If you have ingested using customCatalogueIds then you can specifies these here. Accepts an array of strings. Default is the same catalogue as the source content item specified. Cannot be supplied if catalogueIds is present.

'queryStringParams' (optional)

Allows you to append additional query string params to the target url of recommended items. This is particularly useful for specifying analytics params such as utm_source. The value should be a JavaScript object. Each property will be added as a param to the url. e.g. { "utm_source" : "BibblioRCM", "utm_campaign" : "SiteFooter" } would append utm_source=BibblioRCM&utm_campaign=SiteFooter to the url query string of all recommended items.

'recommendationType' (optional)

Allows you to specify the type of recommendations to serve. Options are 'optimised', 'related' or 'popular'. Optimised recommendations are rooted in relevance but will also learn from user behaviour and continuously adapt to attain better engagement. Related recommendations ignore user behaviour and are based purely on relatedness. Popular recommendations ignore relatedness and are based purely on user behaviour. We suggest starting with optimised recommendations and adding related or popular modules elsewhere on the page to fit the site experience you desire. Default is 'optimised'.

'styleClasses' (optional)

Allows you to customise the CSS styles applied to the related content module. An interactive configuration wizard is available in the Demos section of your Bibblio management console, which allows you to generate parameters for this option. If you plan to place the module on an area of your page that has a dark background color you can append 'bib--invert' to your parameters to be sure everything remains legible. If most of your content item images are portrait sized, consider appending 'bib--portrait' to your parameters so the images resize nicely in the tiles.

'subtitleField' (optional)

Allows you to specify the content item field to use as subtitles on the recommended content panel. Any valid content item field can be used. Providing a value of false will disable the subtitle. Default is 'headline'.

'truncateTitle' (optional)

Allows you to specify a character length for truncating recommended titles. If this field is omitted we will automatically truncate titles to fit the style configuration you have specified with styleClasses.

'userId' (optional)

Your own, unique id for the current site visitor. This allows us to apply recommendation personalization. Please do not provide any personally identifiable information for this field.

Tracking data

The module will automatically submit user interaction data. By default all interaction data is completely anonymous. You are, however, able to provide an optional userId when the module is initialised, which will allow us to personalize recommendations for the requested user.

Here is a sample of the tracking data submitted from within the Related Content Module:

{ "type": "Clicked",
  "object": [["contentItemId", "123"]],
  "context": [
    ["sourceContentItemId", "012"],
    ["sourceHref", ""],
    ["recommendations.contentItemId", "456"],
    ["recommendations.contentItemId", "789"],
    ["recommendations.contentItemId", "101"],
    ["recommendations.contentItemId", "123"]],
  "instrument": {
    "type": "BibblioRelatedContent",
    "version": "1.1.0",
    "config": {'styleClasses': 'bib--row-3 bib--hover bib--recency-show'}}
  "actor": {
    "userId": "42"}} // optional

An example

The following snippet shows the initialisation of a related content module. You will need to replace YOUR_RECOMMENDATION_KEY and YOUR_CONTENT_ITEM_ID with a recommendation key and the contentItemId returned when creating a content item or listing your content items.

    <!-- * Related Content Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="bower_components/bibblio-related-content-module/css/bib-related-content.css">

<!-- * Related Content HTML -->
<!-- Provide an enclosing element with an id. Position and size it as you wish. -->
<div id="bib_related-content"></div>

<!-- * Related Content Javascript -->
<script src="bower_components/bibblio-related-content-module/js/bib-related-content.js"></script>
    // Initialise the related content plugin.
    window.addEventListener("load", function() {
            targetElementId: 'bib_related-content',
            recommendationKey: 'YOUR_RECOMMENDATION_KEY',
            contentItemId: 'YOUR_CONTENT_ITEM_ID'

Trying it out

The example.html file provided shows a working demo that gets these values from querystrings. You can save this file and open it in your browser in the following format: