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Posts in checked categories


Categories Recent Posts Widget is a light widget designed to do one thing and do it well: display the most recent posts from checked categories.


  • [NEW] Can anable timthumb to resize image or disable it
  • [NEW] Can anable or disable post date, comment number
  • [NEW] Can anable or disable excerpt, can set exerpt length
  • Option to change ordering of posts.
  • Support for displaying thumbnail images via WP 2.9’s new post thumbnail feature.
  • Set how many posts to show.
  • Can checked categories that posts come from
  • Multiple widgets.


  • The widget configuration dialog.


  1. Download the plugin.
  2. Upload it to the plugins folder of your blog.
  3. Goto the Plugins section of the WordPress admin and activate the plugin.
  4. (if use timthumb) please goto /wp-content/plugins/categories-recent-posts/ and create new folder “cache” and CHMOD it to 0777
  5. Goto the Widget tab of the Presentation section and configure the widget.


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“Posts in checked categories” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



* Updated to use the WP 2.8 widget API.
* Support thumbnail