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Recent Posts Widget Plus

This plugin allows you to display the most recent posts with an excerpt in a WordPress sidebar widget area.

The Recent Posts Widget Plus plugin allows you to display a list of the most recent posts from all or a specific category or tag. It not only shows the post title, but also an excerpt of the post.

Author Johan van der Wijk
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Tags excerpt, Post, recent, recent post, recent posts, sidebar, widget
  1. recent-posts-widget-plus screenshot 1

    You can set the widget title, the number of posts, the length of the excerpt and select a category to display the recent posts from or choose to display the recent posts with a certain tag.

  2. recent-posts-widget-plus screenshot 2

    This is an example of how the widget can look.

  1. First you will have to upload the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Then activate the plugin in the plugin panel.
  3. Go to 'Appearance' > 'Widgets' and drag the Recent Posts Widget Plus to the required position in the sidebar.
  4. Type a title for the widget (you can leave this blank)
  5. Type the number of recent posts to show in the widget
  6. Specify the excerpt length by number of characters
  7. Choose a specific category or select None (all categories) to show all categories
  8. Choose the post tags you would like to use to filter the list (optional)
  9. Click save.

1.1.1

Changed method for creating the widget in preparation of PHP7 support.

1.1

Fixed debug notices and added the option to select a custom post type.

1.0

First release

What is the difference with the default Recent Post widget

All WordPress installs come with a default widget for showing recent posts. The advantage of using the Recent Posts Widget Plus plugin, is that you can not only show the post titles but also an excerpt from the post and define how many characters of the excerpt are displayed. This plugin also allows you to display recent posts from a custom post type.

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Version 1.1.1

Requires WordPress version: 2.9.2 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 12 Jan 2017

Date Added: 26 Jun 2012

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