Ultimate Post List


Promote your website’s content with many kinds of post lists. No programming skills are necessary. With just a few keyboard entries and clicks you get a customized posts list. The plugin Ultimate Post List for WordPress gives you an easy-to-use toolbox to make lists of posts.

You can insert the lists in every widget area and via a shortcode in every post content.

You can switch between a vertical list layout or a responsive grid layout. A few options help you to get a nice layout without any need to code.

The plugin is multi-widget capable. That is, you can have several widgets of Ultimate Post List on your blog, each with its own settings!

You can clone (duplicate, copy) every list with a single click on the action link.

The plugin is available in English and German (Deutsch).

Options you can set

The free version of Ultimate Post List offers you many options to type and click customized post lists easily. These are the options:

  • List Options
    • List Display Options
      • List Visibility
      • Text if no posts
    • List Title Options
      • List title
      • URL of list title
      • HTML element of list title
  • Post List Options
    • Post List Options In General
      • Number of posts
      • Posts offset
      • Hide current viewed post in list
      • Show sticky posts on top of the list
    • Posts Sort Order
      • Order by
        • Post date
        • Post title
        • Post author
      • Order direction
        • Ascending
        • Descending
  • Post List Item Options
    • Post Data Order
      • Position of post thumbnail
      • Position of post title
      • Position of post date
      • Position of post author name
    • Post Display Options
      • Show post thumbnail (default)
      • Show post title (default)
      • Show post date
      • Show post author name
    • Post Links Options
      • Set post title clickable (default)
      • Set post thumbnail clickable (default)
      • Set post date clickable, pointing to the month archive
      • Set post author clickable, pointing to the author’s archive
      • Open post links in new windows
    • Post Title Options
      • Maximum length of post title
      • Text after shortened title
    • Post Date Options
      • Format of the post date (over 100 options available)
    • Post Thumbnail Options
      • Source of the post thumbnail
        • Featured image
        • First post content image
        • Featured image if the first post content image is not available
        • First post content image if the featured image is not available
        • Avatars of post authors
      • Use default thumbnail if no image could be ascertained
        • URL of default thumbnail
        • Thumbnail size
      • Width of thumbnail in px
      • Height of thumbnail in px
      • Use aspect ratios of original images
      • Alignment of thumbnail
        • Align left
        • Align center
        • Align right
      • Top image margin width in px
      • Bottom image margin width in px
      • Left image margin width in px
      • Right image margin width in px
  • List Layout Options
    • List Layout Type: vertical list or responsive grid
    • Grid item width in px
    • Minimal height of grid item in px
    • List Item Margin Options
      • Top item margin in px
      • Bottom item margin in px
      • Left item margin in px
      • Right item margin in px

Additional options in the Pro version

The Pro version has all the options of the free version and many additional options for layouts, colors, custom post types and much more. Go to Ultimate Post List Pro.


  • The edit page of an Ultimate Post List in english language
  • The widget form of an Ultimate Post List in english language
  • Examples of Ultimate Post Lists on one page: lists as content and as widgets
  • Example of an Ultimate Post List widget with avatars of the post authors as thumbnails


Installation Instructions

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘Ultimate Post List’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard
  5. Go to ‘Ultimate Post List’

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  3. Select ultimate-post-list.zip from your computer
  4. Click ‘Install Now’
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard
  6. Go to ‘Ultimate Post List’

Using FTP

  1. Download ultimate-post-list.zip
  2. Extract the ultimate-post-list directory to your computer
  3. Upload the ultimate-post-list directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard
  5. Go to ‘Ultimate Post List’


Very handy plugin

Simple to use, many options, no bugs, and great support. After I posted something to the forum, the dev replied within a day and resolved my issue.

Amazing plugin! Fantastic support!

Ultimate Post List Pro is awesome! I have a lot of professional advise blog posts, that are not date driven so the random feature is perfect for us. This plugin and the company is top notch.

Excellent Plugin

I installed this plugin and it worked well and its stable. I needed a couple of other features so I purchased Ultimate Post List Pro. This plugin did everything I needed it to do, and more. Saved me many hours of work and its worth every penny of the asking price.

It also works well along side the Authors other plugin Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails. Also the support from the Author Martin is excellent. Well done Martin!

Does what the man says it will do.

The description is accurate. Setup is easy and it functioned fine. It creates an attractive page of posts, but one must specify the number of posts to publish on the page in setup, and it does not create a “next page” for posts. You are stuck with whatever number of posts you input in setup.

I am unaware of any conflicts with other software on my site. I considered five stars, but for five, the base “free” sample should include the post excerpt with the post image and title.

I looked at the Pro version of this software and it looks very comprehensive.

I run WP 4.4.4

Read all 5 reviews

Contributors & Developers

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




  • Added list title option; important: Please add the list title in this option if it was shown in post content
  • Reordered menu items in navigation; list of lists is main page now
  • Revised Help page
  • Revised message on plugin activation
  • Updated translations


  • Added on lists table: sortable “Last Modified” column
  • Improved on lists table: “Author” column made sortable


  • Improved performance in getting avatars


  • Added avatars as new source of thumbnails
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7.3


  • Removed 3rd-party metaboxes from list edit page
  • Fixed unnecessary loading of CSS and JS on all pages except list edit page
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7.2


  • Removed sanitation of post title


  • Added check for loading javascript and CSS only on list edit page
  • Revised widget template for more conformity to WP standard widget output
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7.1


  • Added new labels to the ‘Ultimate Post List’ post type, introduced with WordPress 4.7
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.7
  • Updated translations


  • Added action link ‘Copy’ to duplicate lists
  • Added CSS width limit for selection field in widget control form
  • Improved sanitation in admin page: Added check for empty input or no-array input
  • Updated translations


  • Added option for post date format
  • Updated translation


  • Added options for grid layout
  • Updated translation
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.6.1


  • Revised uninstall function for WordPress 4.6 due to the introduction of WP_Site_Query class
  • Fixed translation for WP 4.6
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.6


  • Fixed: the list always appeared first before other content
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5.3


  • Fixed missing descriptions at checkboxes on the options page
  • Fixed: outdated translations for post statusses
  • Tested successfully with WordPress 4.5.2


  • Shortened readme.txt


  • Initial release