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Recent Posts by Category Widget


This plugin adds a simple widget that allows you to display a number of recent blog posts from a specific category. You have the options to choose a title, category, number of posts and whether or not to show the post date. The posts will be ordered by date just like the default Recent Posts widget included with WordPress.


  • The widget UI


  1. Upload the ‘recent-posts-by-category-widget’ directory to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Navigate to the ‘Widgets’ page found under the ‘Appearance’ menu item
  4. Drag ‘Recent Posts by Category Widget’ to the target widget area and choose your options


Multiple categories for the next update ?

This plugin would be perfect if we could select multiple categories. Maybe for the next update?

It preserves the default styles css of the original theme, that’s great !!

Thank you very much Ross !!!!

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Contributors & Developers

“Recent Posts by Category Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Removed an anonymous function that was breaking sites running PHP 5.2


  • Switch to PHP5 style constructors for WP v4.3


  • Better use of ‘widget_title’ filter to allow hooks to be used on it.


  • Initial release.