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List category posts

List Category Posts allows you to list posts by category in a post/page using the [catlist] shortcode. This shortcode accepts a category name or id, t

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Instructions on how to use the plugin


The plugin can figure out the category from which you want to list posts in several ways. You should use only one of these methods since these are all mutually exclusive, weird results are expected when using more than one:

  • Using the category id.
    • id - To display posts from a category using the category's id. Ex: [catlist id=24].
  • The category name or slug.
    • name - To display posts from a category using the category's name or slug. Ex: [catlist name=mycategory]
  • Detecting the current post's category. You can use the categorypage parameter to make it detect the category id of the current post, and list posts from that category.
    • categorypage - Set it to "yes" if you want to list the posts from the current post's category. [catlist categorypage="yes"]

When using List Category Posts whithout a category id, name or slug, it will post the latest posts from every category.


  • Posts from several categories with an AND relationship, posts that belong to all of the listed categories (note this does not show posts from any children of these categories): [catlist id=17+25+2] - [catlist name=sega+nintendo].
  • Posts from several categories with an OR relationship, posts that belong to any of the listed categories: [catlist id=17,24,32] - [catlist name=sega,nintendo].
  • Exclude a category with the minus sign (-): [catlist id=11,-32,16], [catlist id=1+2-3]. Important: When using the and relationship, you should write the categories you want to include first, and then the ones you want to exclude. So [catlist id=1+2-3] will work, but [catlist id=1+2-3+4] won't.

Other ways of selecting what posts to show

  • child_categories - Exclude/include posts from the child categories. By default they are included. If you have a "Parent Category" and you use: [catlist name="Parent Category"], you'll see posts from it's child categories as if they were posts from the same category. You can use this parameter to exclude these posts: [catlist name="Parent Category" child_categories=false].

  • author_posts - Get posts by author. Use 'user_nicename' (NOT name). Example: [catlist author_posts="fernando"]

  • tags - Tag support, display posts from a certain tag. You can use an "OR" relationship [catlist tags="nintendo,sega"] or "AND" relationship (posts that belong to all of the listed tags): [catilst tags="nintendo+sega"].

  • taxonomy - You can select posts using custom taxonomies. You need to set the taxonomy and the terms: [catlist taxonomy='person' terms='bob'].

  • currenttags - Display posts from the current post's tags (won't work on pages since they have no tags). Pass it the 'yes' string for it to work: [catlist currenttags="yes"]

  • exclude_tags - Exclude posts from one or more tags: [catlist tags="videogames" exclude_tags="sega,sony"]

  • starting_with - Get posts whose title starts with a certain letter. Example: [catlist starting_with="l"] will list all posts whose title starts with L. You can use several letters: [catlist starting_with="m,o,t"].

  • monthnum and year - List posts from a certain year or month. You can use these together or independently. Example: [catlist year=2015] will list posts from the year 2015. [catlist monthnum=8] will list posts published in August of every year. [catlist year=2012 monthnum=12] will list posts from December 2012.

  • date ranges - You can also use date ranges for listing posts. For example "list every post after March 14th, 2005". The parameters are: after, after_year, after_month, after_day, before, before_year, before_month, before_day. These parameters are used to specify data_query arguments (see: the codex).

    If you want to list all the posts before a given date, say Jun 17th, 2007 you can use these two options:
    [catlist before_year=2007 before_month=06 before_day=17]
    Or you can use the before parameter with a strtotime()-compatible string:
    [catlist before='2007/06/17']

    The same works for posts after a given date, you can use:
    [catlist after_year=2007 after_month=06 after_day=17]
    Or just after with a strtotime()-compatible string:
    [catlist after='2007/06/17']

    after takes priority over after_year, after_month, and after_day.
    before takes priority over before_year, before_month, and before_day.

  • search - List posts that match a search term. [catlist search="The Cake is a lie"]

  • excludeposts - IDs of posts to exclude from the list. Use 'this' to exclude the current post. Ex: [catlist excludeposts=this,12,52,37]

  • offset - You can displace or pass over one or more initial posts which would normally be collected by your query through the use of the offset parameter.

  • post_type - The type of post to show. Available options are: post - Default, page, attachment, any - all post types. You can use several types, example: [catlist post_type="page,post" numberposts=-1]

  • post_status - use post status, default value is 'publish'. Valid values:

    • publish - a published post or page.
    • pending - post is pending review.
    • draft - a post in draft status.
    • auto-draft - a newly created post, with no content.
    • future - a post to publish in the future.
    • private - not visible to users who are not logged in.
    • inherit - a revision. see get_children.
    • trash - post is in trashbin (available with Version 2.9).
    • any - retrieves any status except those from post types with 'exclude_from_search' set to true. You can use several post statuses. Example: [catlist post_status="future, publish" excludeposts=this]
  • show_protected - Show posts protected by password. By default they are not displayed. Use: [catlist show_protected=yes]

  • post_parent - Show only the children of the post with this ID. Default: None.

  • custom fields - To use custom fields, you must specify two values: customfield_name and customfield_value. Using this only show posts that contain a custom field with this name and value. Both parameters must be defined, or neither will work.




  • conditional_title - Display a custom title before the posts list. The title is not displayed if the list is empty. Set to the empty string (default value) to disable. Example: [catlist conditional_title="Other posts"].

  • conditional_title_tag - Specify the tag used for the conditional title. Defaults to 'h3'.

  • conditional_title_class - Specify the class used for the conditional title. Defaults to the empty string (no special class).

  • orderby - To customize the order. Valid values are:

    • author - Sort by the numeric author IDs.
    • category - Sort by the numeric category IDs.
    • content - Sort by content.
    • date - Sort by creation date.
    • ID - Sort by numeric post ID.
    • menu_order - Sort by the menu order. Only useful with pages.
    • mime_type - Sort by MIME type. Only useful with attachments.
    • modified - Sort by last modified date.
    • name - Sort by stub.
    • parent - Sort by parent ID.
    • password - Sort by password.
    • rand - Randomly sort results.
    • status - Sort by status.
    • title - Sort by title.
    • type - Sort by type. Ex: [catlist name=mycategory orderby=date]
  • customfield_orderby - You can order the posts by a custom field. For example: [catlist numberposts=-1 customfield_orderby=Mood order=desc] will list all the posts with a "Mood" custom field. Remember the default order is descending, more on order:

  • order - How to sort orderby. Valid values are:

    • ASC - Ascending (lowest to highest).
    • DESC - Descending (highest to lowest). Ex: [catlist name=mycategory orderby=title order=asc]
  • numberposts - Number of posts to return. Set to 0 to use the max number of posts per page. Set to -1 to remove the limit. Ex: [catlist name=mycategory numberposts=10] You can set the default number of posts globally on the options page on your Dashboard in Settings / List Category Posts.

  • no_posts_text - Text to display when no posts are found. If you don't specify it, nothing will get displayed where the posts should be.

  • date - Display post's date next to the title. Default is 'no', use date=yes to activate it. You can set a css class and an html tag to wrap the date in with date_class and date_tag (see HTML & CSS Customization further below).

  • date_modified - Display the date a post was last modified next to the title. You can set a css class and an html tag to wrap the date in with date_modified_class and date_modified_tag (see HTML & CSS Customization further below).

  • author - Display the post's author next to the title. Default is 'no', use author=yes to activate it. You can set a css class and an html tag to wrap the author name in with author_class and author_tag (see HTML & CSS Customization further below).

    When displaying the post author, you can also display a link to the author's page. The following parameter only works if author=yes is present in the shortcode:

    • author_posts_link - Gets the URL of the author page for the author. The HTML and CSS customization are the ones applied to author.
  • dateformat - Format of the date output. The default format is the one you've set on your WordPress settings. Example: [catlist id=42 dateformat="l F dS, Y"] would display the date as "Monday January 21st, 2013". Check http://codex.wordpress.org/Formatting_Date_and_Time for more options to display date.

  • excerpt - Display a plain text excerpt of the post. Default is 'no', use excerpt=yes or excerpt=full to activate it. If you have a separate excerpt in your post, this text will be used. If you don't have an explicit excerpt in your post, the plugin will generate one from the content, striping its images, shortcodes and HTML tags. If you want to overwrite the post's separate excerpt with an automatically generated one (may be useful to allow HTML tags), use excerpt_overwrite=yes.

    If you use excerpt=yes, the separate excerpt or content will be limited to the number of words set by the excerpt_size parameter (55 words by default).

    If you use excerpt=full the plugin will act more like WordPress. If the post has a separate excerpt, it will be used in full. Otherwise if the content has a <!--more--> tag then the excerpt will be the text before this tag, and if there is no <!--more--> tag then the result will be the same as excerpt=yes.

    If you want the automatically generated excerpt to respect your theme's allowed HTML tags, you should use excerpt_strip=no, otherwise the HTML tags are automatically stripped.

  • excerpt_size - Set the number of words to display from the excerpt. Default is 55. Eg: excerpt_size=30

  • excerpt_strip - Set it to yes to strip the excerpt's HTML tags. If the excerpt is auto generated by the plugin, the HTML tags will be stripped, and you should use excerpt_strip=no to see the excerpt with HTML formatting.

  • title_limit - Set the limit of characters for the title. Ex: [catlist id=2 title_limit=50] will show only the first 50 characters of the title and add "…" at the end.

  • content - WARNING: If you want to show the content on your listed posts, you might want to do this from a new Page Template or a Custom Post Type template. Using this parameter is discouraged, you can have memory issues as well as infinite loop situations when you're displaying a post that's using List Category Posts. You have been warned. Usage:

    • yes - Show the excerpt or full content of the post. If there's a <!--more--> tag in the post, then it will behave just as WordPress does: only show the content previous to the more tag. Default is 'no'. Ex: [catlist content=yes]

    • full - Show the full content of the post regardless of whether there is a <!--more--> tag in the post. Ex: [catlist content=full]

  • catlink - Show the title of the category with a link to the category. Use the catlink_string option to change the link text. Default is 'no'. Ex: [catlist catlink=yes]. The way it's programmed, it should only display the title for the first category you chose, and include the posts from all of the categories. I thought of this parameter mostly for using several shortcodes on one page or post, so that each group of posts would have the title of that group's category. If you need to display several titles with posts, you should use one [catlist] shortcode for each category you want to display.

  • category_description Show the category description wrapped in a p tag: [catlist id=1 category_description='yes']

  • catname - Show the title of the category (or categories), works exactly as catlink, but it doesn't add a link to the category.

  • category_count - Shows the posts count in that category, only works when using the catlink option: [catlist name=nintendo catlink=yes category_count=yes]

  • comments - Show comments count for each post. Default is 'no'. Ex: [catlist comments=yes].

  • thumbnail - Show post thumbnail (http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/new-in-wordpress-2-9-post-thumbnail-images/). Default is 'no'. Ex: [catlist thumbnail=yes].

  • force_thumbnail - If the previous parameter is set to 'yes', and there's no featured image, setting this to 'yes' or 'true' will make the plugin look for the first image in the post and use it as a thumbnail. Ex: [catlist thumbnail=yes force_thumbnail=yes].

  • thumbnail_size - Either a string keyword (thumbnail, medium, large or full) or 2 values representing width and height in pixels. Ex: [catlist thumbnail_size=32,32] or [catlist thumbnail_size=thumbnail]

  • thumbnail_class - Set a CSS class for the thumbnail.

  • post_suffix - Pass a String to this parameter to display this String after every post title. Ex: [catlist numberposts=-1 post_suffix="Hello World"] will create something like:

    <ul class="lcp_catlist" id=lcp_instance_0> <li> <a href="" title="WordPress"> WordPress </a> Hello World </li>

  • display_id - Set it to yes to show the Post's ID next to the post title: [catlist id=3 display_id=yes]

  • class - CSS class for the default UL generated by the plugin.

  • tags_as_class - Use a post's tags as a class for the li that lists the posts. Default is no. For example, [catlist tags_as_class=yes] will show a post that has the fun tag like this:

<li class=" fun "> <a href="http://localhost:8080/?p=1267" title="Post Title">Post Title</a> </li><pre><code></code></pre>

  • customfield_display - Display custom field(s). You can specify many fields to show, separating them with a coma. If you want to display just the value and not the name of the custom field, use customfield_display_name and set it to no. By default, the custom fields will show inside a div with a specific class: <div class="lcp-customfield">. You can customize this using the customfield_tag and customfield_class parameters to set a different tag (instead of the div) and a specific class (instead of lcp-customfield).

  • customfield_display_glue - Specify the text to appear between two custom fields if displayed together, defaults to the empty string. Not used if the customfield_display_separately parameter is defined.

  • customfield_display_separately - Display the custom fields separately. Each custom field is displayd within its own tag (see customfield_tag). Defaults to 'no', set to 'yes' to enable. Superseeds the customfield_display_glue parameter when enabled.

  • customfield_display_name - To use with customfield_display. Use it to just print the value of the Custom field and not the name. Example:

[catlist numberposts=-1 customfield_display="Mood"

Will print the value of the Custom Field "Mood" but not the text "Mood: [value]".

  • customfield_display_name_glue - To use with customfield_display_name. Use it to specify the text between the name and the value, defaults to ' : '.

  • template - By default, posts will be listed in an unordered list (ul tag) with the class 'lcp_catlist':

    <ul class="lcp_catlist"><li><a href="post1">Post 1</a></li>...

    You can use a different class by using the class parameter.

    You can create your own template file (Check Template System further down this document) and pass it as a parameter here. The parameter is the template name without the extension. For example for mytemplate.php, the value would be mytemplate.

    You can also pass these two parameters which yield different results:

    • div - This will output a div with the lcp_catlist class (or one you pass as a parameter with the class argument). The posts will be displayed between p tags. [catlist template=div]

    • ol - This will output an ordered list with the lcp_catlist css class (or the one you pass as a parameter with the class argument) and each post will be a list item inside the ordered list. [catlist template=ol].

  • morelink - Include a "more" link to access the category archive for the category. The link is inserted after listing the posts. It receives a string of characters as a parameter which will be used as the text of the link. Example: [catlist id=38 morelink="Read more"]

  • posts_morelink - Include a "read more" link after each post. It receives a string of characters as a parameter which will be used as the text of the link. Example: [catlist id=38 posts_morelink="Read more about this post"]

  • link_target - Select the target attribute for links to posts (target=_blank, _self, _parent, _top, *framename*). Example: [catlink id=3 link_target=_blank] will create: <a href="http://localhost/wordpress/?p=45" title="Test post" target="_blank">Test post</a>

  • no_post_titles - If set to yes, no post titles will be shown. This may make sense together with content=yes.

  • link_titles - Option to display titles without links. If set to false, the post titles won't be linking to the article.

  • link_dates - Option to wrap dates with a link to the post. Set to true or yes to enable, set to false or no to disable. Defaults to false.


The widget is quite simple, and it doesn't implement all of the plugin's functionality. To use a shortcode in a widget add this code to your theme's functions.php file:

add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

Then just add a new text widget to your blog and use the shortcode there as the widget's content.

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Compatible up to: 4.7.3
Last Updated: 2 months ago
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