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Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails

List of your site’s most recent posts, with clickable title and thumbnails.

The plugin is available in English, German (Deutsch), Persian (فارسی), Arabic (العربية), Polish (Polski) and Russian (русский).

Lightweight, simple and effective

No huge widget with hundreds of options. This plugin is based on the well-known WordPress default widget 'Recent Posts' and extended to display more informations about the posts like e.g. thumbnails, excerpts and assigned categories.

The thumbnails will be built from the featured image of a post or of the first image in the post content. If there is neither a featured image nor a content image then you can define a default thumbnail.

You can set the width and heigth of the thumbnails in the list. The thumbnails appear left-aligned to the post titles in left-to-right languages. In right-to-left languages they appear right-aligned.

What users said

Options you can set

  1. Title of the widget
  2. Number of listed posts
  3. Open post links in new windows
  4. Random order of posts
  5. Hide current post in list
  6. Keep sticky posts on top of the list
  7. Hide post title
  8. Maximum length of post title
  9. Show post author
  10. Show post categories
  11. Show post date
  12. Show post excerpt
  13. Show number of comments
  14. Excerpt length
  15. Signs after excerpt
  16. Ignore post excerpt field as excerpt source (builds excerpts automatically from the post content)
  17. Print slugs of post categories in class attribute of LI elements
  18. Show posts of selected categories (or of all categories)
  19. Show post thumbnail (featured image)
  20. Registered thumbnail dimensions
  21. Thumbnail width in px
  22. Thumbnail height in px
  23. Keep aspect ratio of thumbnails
  24. Try to take the first post image as thumbnail
  25. Only use the first post image as thumbnail
  26. Use default thumbnail if no thumbnail is available
  27. Default thumbnail URL

Much more options available

If you want to build your special posts lists with additional options for layout, informations about each post and embedding via shortcode take a look at the plugin Ultimate Post List Pro.

Useful hints for developers: Hooks and CSS

See Other Notes for supported hooks and available CSS selectors.


The user interface is available in

Further translations are welcome. If you want to give in your translation please leave a notice in the plugin's support forum.

Requires: 2.9 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.6.1
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Active Installs: 50,000+


4.8 out of 5 stars


13 of 16 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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