If you are looking for a much flexible way to display the recent posts, then you can try Recent Posts Widget Extended Plugin. Recent Posts Widget Extended plugin gives you extended, advanced and beautifully aligned recent posts with thumbnail, excerpt and postdate. You can display it via shortcode or widget. The plugin gives you total control in displaying the posts with many simple to advance settings. For advance users the plugin gives you space to edit the default style with CSS. In this post, I will show steps to show related posts in WordPress using Recent Posts Widget Extended plugin in WordPress.
Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- In the search box search for Recent Post Widget Extended Plugin
- Find the Plugin with the name ‘Recent Post Widget Extended Plugin’ and install and activate the plugin.
Hit Install Now button and then activate the plugin.
Show Related Posts in WordPress Using Recent Posts Widget Extended Plugin
Once you have activated the plugin, go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard. Under the Available Widgets section you should see new widget called Recent Posts Widget Extended. To use the new widget, click on it and select Add Widget button.
Or drag and drop it to the Main Widget Area or Secondary Widget Area. Now the Recent Posts Widget Extended is added to your website.
Customizing Recent Posts Widget Extended
Recent Posts Widget Extended has lots of available features and gives you complete set of control on how you want to display recent posts on your site.
The first column of option has following settings:
- Title: This is the title or name given to the widget area.
- Title URL: You can set custom title URL here. This is completely optional.
- CSS ID, CSS class: You can give the custom ID or class here for css styling.
- HTML or text before the recent posts, HTML or text after the recent posts: As the name suggests, you can give the html tags or plain texts in the textbox which is displayed before or after the posts.
The second column of option has following settings:
- Ignore sticky posts: Checking the checkbox removes the ‘sticky’ feature of the post. The post will be treated as normal posts.
- Exclude current post: Selecting this checkbox skips the current page.
- Post Types: We can select single or multiple post types to display the respective posts.
- Post Status: With this option, you can decide the status of the post to be displayed which can be private, pending, trash etc.
- Order: This field helps you to sort the posts in ascending or descending order
- Order by: With this field you can order the display of posts by date, title, ID, author, slug and many others.
- Limit to Category: Here you can filter the posts by limiting the display of posts from selected categories only. Note that if there are no posts assigned to a category, the category will not be shown in the list.
- Limit to Tags: If you want to display the posts with certain tags only, mention it on the checkbox under Limit to tag. Only those tags are shown which has been used in at least one post.
- Limit to Taxonomy: Similarly for limiting the posts to certain taxonomy only, mention it on the textbox under Limit to taxonomy.
The third column of option has following settings:
- Number of posts to show: You can decide the maximum number of posts to show by giving a number here.
- Offset: You can mention the number of posts to skip here.
- Display thumbnail: You can decide whether to display or hide a thumbnail of each post with this option.
- Thumbnail: You can give the specific height, width and the alignment of the thumbnails to be displayed.
- Default thumbnail: You can give the default thumbnail here which is displayed only if thumbnail for particular post is not available.
- Display Excerpt: This shows or hides excerpt.
- Excerpt Length: If excerpt is set to be displayed, the excerpt length can be determined here.
- Display Read more: This checkbox allows you to display or hide the read more button.
- Read more Text: If read more is set to display, you can give the read more text here.
- Various display options checkbox: The various checkboxes are for you to decide either to display or hide the comment count, date, modification date and for using relative date.
If you have knowledge of CSS, you can decide to customize the CSS and override the default styles. It is completely optional.
After having all settings done, make sure you click “Save” button to save changes. You can now browse your site to view the recent posts. The widget will show recent posts as shown below,
Recent Posts Widget Extended has powerful sets of control to display the recent posts exactly the way users want. Some unique features and functionality of this plugin make it far more desirable than any other recent posts plugins.
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