Recent Posts Slider


Plugin Demo: RPS Lite Demo

Recent Posts slider displays your blog’s recent posts either with excerpt or thumbnail image of first image of the post using slider.

You can customize the slider in many ways (width, height, post per slide, no of posts to display & more).

Plugin Demo: RPS Pro Demo

Upgrade to RPS Pro to get the features listed below

  • Responsive
  • More Customization options for pagination position & arrow
  • Four different templates to showcase your recent posts with slider
  • Easy color pickers to change background & text color
  • Multiple slider on a same page of with different theme, width, height, category & posts setting
  • Random Posts

It creates the thumbnail of either the first image from the post or of featured image. If you want to create a thumbnail of a specific image add a custom field as rps_custom_thumb and specify image path as value.

If you have a feature that you would like to get added in future versions, feel free to contact me at

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  • Configuration page
  • Pro Theme 1
  • Pro Theme 3



  1. You can use the built-in installer.


    Download the zip file and extract the contents.

    Upload the ‘recent-posts-slider’ folder to your plugins directory (wp-content/plugins/).

  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

Now go to Settings and then Recent Posts Slider to configure any options as desired.

How to use

In order to display the recent posts slider, you have three options

  1. Simply place <?php if (function_exists('rps_show')) echo rps_show(); ?> in your theme or use rps_show( $category_ids, $total_posts, $post_include_ids, $post_exclude_ids ) to have different slider on differet pages;

  2. Add the shortcode simply ‘[rps]’ or ‘[rps category_ids=”2,3″ total_posts=”2″ post_include_ids=”1″ post_exclude_ids=”2″]’.

  3. Using widget.

Check admin setting details here


Why only few characters display in post title?

Yes, it will display only few characters due to some restrictions for flexible width & height of slider.

To view complete post title move the mouse pointer over it.

Having problems, questions, bugs & suggestions

Contact me at


Not Responsive

Responsive means that when a browser window changes sizes, so does the responsive element. This plugin does display the most recent posts but it doesn’t resize itself for mobile devices. The size of the window is way off the screen. I even tried to adjust the CSS of the site to make it more responsive but to no avail. Perhaps it’s a pro feature but there are other solutions out there that offer actual responsiveness without a price tag.

Use the slider to show most recent photos

A simple slider, there is a possibility of publications in specific categories. The slider can show pictures and small text. The size of the images and the text length are configured. Happy to use on the website of the photographer.

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Contributors & Developers

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


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  • WP 4.4 compatibility test


  • WP 4.3 compatibility fixes


  • Code improvement


  • Tested for WP 4.1


  • Help added


  • Color Picker added


  • Internationalization + info update


  • Customize the widget slider according to category, post ids & total no. of posts.


  • Full internationalization is now possible
  • Provided an alt tag to the images inside slider
  • Fixed the no image issue on subdomains
  • You are now allowed to show different slider on different pages based on category, post ids & total no. of posts
  • Do check out


  • Security update removed REQUEST_URI
  • Date Internationalization


  • Jquery conflict issue resolved.
  • Some new features added.
  • Check out the detailed description at


  • Small image issue is fixed.


  • Featured image thumbnail support is added.
  • IE issue is fixed.


  • Resolved some issues.
  • New feature is added to show both excerpt & post thumb.
  • New features are added to set post title color, pagination style, slider speed & excerpt words size.


  • Fixed the issue related to image thumbnail


  • Widget support is added.
  • Custom field is added to pull post image.
  • Jquery updated to latest version.


  • Added more customization options for specific categories & posts.


  • Initial release version.