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  • Hello, I’m working on my first from scratch theme for wordpress and I want to create Recent Post Box layouts using shortcodes. The Layout I want is to show the last post in separate column with bigger thumbnail and the other posts on the right side as a list but till now it looks very ugly. I’m using WP_QUERY to fetch the posts from db and this is my code:

    $sql = new WP_Query( array(
            'category_name' => $kategoria,
            'posts_per_page' => $nrPostimeve
            ) );
    if ( $sql->have_posts() ) : ?>
        <?php while ( $sql->have_posts() ) : $sql->the_post(); ?>
        <div class="box-1">
        <div class="headline">
            $firstPost = '';
            if ($sql->current_post == 0) {
                $postUrl = the_permalink();
                $firstPost .= '<a href="' . $postUrl . '" target="_blank">';
                $firstPost .=  the_post_thumbnail();
                $firstPost .= '<h3>' . the_title() . '</h3>';
                $firstPost .= the_excerpt() . '</a>';
                echo $firstPost;
        <div class="recentPosts">
            <div class="small-items">
            <div class="thumb">
                <?php the_post_thumbnail() ?>
            <div class="title">
                <a href="<? the_permalink() ?>">
                    <h4> <?php the_title() ?></h4>
            </div> <!-- loop items -->
        </div> <!-- endSidePosts -->
            else :
        <p> <?php _e( 'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.' ); ?>  </p>
        <?php endif; ?>
      </div> <!-- end BoxLayout -->

    Here is the layout I want to implement, btw the screenshot from layout is when I implement it using javascript and JSON data but I want to implement it inside the backend so it will fetch the results faster but till now unsuccessfully.

    This is the output from php code,posted above:

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