Displays the most recent posts in a widget, how many times they have been viewed over last (n) days, and images for popularity.
The basic format is [recentpostviews], which will by default show a list of the top 7 posts, from all categories, over the last 2 days. Options are "cat", "posts" and "days". * "cat" is the category ID. * "posts" is the number of posts you want to display. * "days" is the number of days back you want the shortcode to query, as in "over the last (n) days."
Example: [recentpostviews cat="5" posts="10" days="3"] *This would display the 10 most recent posts from category 5 over the last 3 days.
If you're not getting any results for the shortcode, try changing the number of days.
By default, the "hotlevel" for posts is 75% or .75 in the shortcode. E.g., a post will not show up as "hot" unless it is greater than or equal to the post with the most number of views over the same time frame.
Just add the widget and select your options.
Whether a post is hot or not is dependent on the max number of views for any post over the timeframe you have selected. E.g., if you have a widget based on the last 3 days and one based on the last 7, the level for a "hot" post will be different. I'm planning on changing this in a future update, such that the max number of posts for a particular category will be calculated.
I actually had this issue myself, and discovered that it's because the postmeta table was not updating the number of views. As a temporary solution, I installed the WP-PostViews plugin (at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-postviews/) and enabled the option in the settings menu that said to register views from everyone, not just guests. Thanks to GamerZ for a great plugin, and for helping to fix this issue. If you're having this problem, I suggest that recent-post-views should be used in conjunction with WP-PostViews.