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Better Recent Posts Widget

If you’ve ever wanted more control (a lot more control) over displaying your recent posts, this is the widget for you. Plus thumbnails.

If you've ever wanted to display recent posts, but go far beyond the Recent Posts widget that comes with WordPress, you're in the right place.

One of the very best ways to increase time-on-site (and therefore the engagement of your audience) is helping visitors discover new and wonderful pages and posts on your site. Better Recent Posts Widget can do that by displaying your beautiful featured images right in the widget. You can control the number of posts to display, specify if you want to skip some posts, and display custom post types.


The WordPress.org version has the following features:

  • All new, better Recent Posts widget
  • Specify widget title
  • Control number of posts displayed
  • Control number of posts to skip (offset)
  • Optionally display post thumbnails
  • Customize thumbnail size
  • Choose post type to display

Additional features in the pro version:

  • Optionally display post author
  • Optionally display post count
  • Optionally display post comment count
  • Optionally display post excerpt/length
  • Customize post display order
  • Customize post sorting method
  • Better taxonomy selection control
  • Multiple widget instance support
  • Multisite capable

Adoption Notice
This plugin was recently adopted by David Gewirtz and ongoing support and updates will continue. Feel free to visit David's Lab Notes for a development roadmap and additional details.

Pro Version Availability

The pro version of this plugin is available for sale (and, indeed, will likely have an exciting future). To purchase the pro version, please visit the plugin's new home page.

Support Note

Sales of the pro version on CodeCanyon have been halted and the pro plugin is now being sold directly. CodeCanyon Better Recent Posts Widget Pro users (and, of course, users of the free version) are invited to post questions here on the Support boards. Please specify whether you're using the free or pro version and I'll do my best to answer them.

Mailing List

If you'd like to keep up with the latest updates to this plugin, please visit David's Lab Notes and add yourself to the mailing list.

Adopted from Pippin Williamson.

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.4.4
Last Updated: 6 months ago
Active Installs: 1,000+


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