List Drafts Widget


List Drafts is a simple sidebar widget which outputs a list of the titles of all posts currently saved as drafts. Users can set the title of the widget, and add a label to be used for all untitled drafts.

You can now have a list of forthcoming items as a “teaser” for your readers, or as a reminder to authors that they really need to finish those posts they started. It will probably not be of interest to many people, but I like it.

This version has been refactored to use the new plugins API introduced in WordPress 2.8


  • Widget configuration options
  • Example of output


  1. Upload the ‘list-drafts-widget’ folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add the widget to your sidebar or other widget-enabled area in the usual way. 4. (Optional) Change the title and the text used for any untitled drafts – the default values are “Coming Soon” and “An untitled post”


Does this have to be in the sidebar?

This is a pure widget, so it can only be used in a sidebar or other widget-enabled area of your theme.

My older List Draft Posts plugin allows you to insert the list of drafts without resort to widgets. Please note that I won’t be developing that plugin any more.

Can it do this or that?

Err, maybe. But that would be a job for a better coder. Anyone who wants to make their own version is more than welcome to do so.

Contributors & Developers

“List Drafts Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Minor edits, confirming compatibility with WordPress 4.0


  • Bugfix: As menu items are a special kind of post, and can have a status of “Draft”, under some circumstances these would be picked up as untitled posts by the widget. This version now checks for ‘post_type’ being “post”, which will prevent this behaviour.


  • Changed default widget title to “Coming Soon”


  • Re-written to use the new Widget API introduced with WordPress 2.8. Otherwise unchanged.


  • First released version