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List Drafts Widget

Outputs an unordered list of the titles of saved draft posts in a sidebar widget.

List Drafts is a simple sidebar widget which outputs a list of the titles of all posts currently saved as drafts. Users can set the title of the widget, and add a label to be used for all untitled drafts.

You can now have a list of forthcoming items as a "teaser" for your readers, or as a reminder to authors that they really need to finish those posts they started. It will probably not be of interest to many people, but I like it.

This version has been refactored to use the new plugins API introduced in WordPress 2.8

Author Les Bessant
Contributors LesBessant
Tags draft, drafts, sidebar, widget
  1. list-drafts-widget screenshot 1

    Widget configuration options

  2. list-drafts-widget screenshot 2

    Example of output

  1. Upload the 'list-drafts-widget' folder to your '/wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Add the widget to your sidebar or other widget-enabled area in the usual way. 4. (Optional) Change the title and the text used for any untitled drafts - the default values are "Coming Soon" and "An untitled post"


  • Minor edits, confirming compatibility with WordPress 4.0


  • Bugfix: As menu items are a special kind of post, and can have a status of "Draft", under some circumstances these would be picked up as untitled posts by the widget. This version now checks for 'post_type' being "post", which will prevent this behaviour.


  • Changed default widget title to "Coming Soon"


  • Re-written to use the new Widget API introduced with WordPress 2.8. Otherwise unchanged.


  • First released version

Does this have to be in the sidebar?

This is a pure widget, so it can only be used in a sidebar or other widget-enabled area of your theme.

My older List Draft Posts plugin allows you to insert the list of drafts without resort to widgets. Please note that I won't be developing that plugin any more.

Can it do this or that?

Err, maybe. But that would be a job for a better coder. Anyone who wants to make their own version is more than welcome to do so.

Version 2.1.1

Requires WordPress version: 2.8 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 08 Dec 2016

Date Added: 27 Jul 2008

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