Free WordPress Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails pluginFree

53 010 websitesFree WordPress Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails plugin by Martin Stehle

List the most recent posts with post titles, thumbnails, excerpts, authors, categories, dates and more!

The plugin is available in English, German (Deutsch), Persian (فارسی), Arabic (العربية), Polish (Polski) Russian (русский), Turkish (Türkçe), Japanese (日本語) and Greek (Ελληνικά).

The plugin does not collect any personal data, so it is ready for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

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. And it provides more options to build custom-taylored posts lists.

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 wrote

What users filmed

Some users published video tutorials on YouTube:

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. Show only sticky posts
  7. Hide sticky posts
  8. Keep sticky posts on top of the list if not hidden
  9. Hide post title
  10. Maximum length of post title
  11. Show post author
  12. Show post categories
  13. Show post category names as links to their archives
  14. Label for categories
  15. Show post date
  16. Show post excerpt
  17. Show number of comments
  18. Excerpt length
  19. Signs after excerpt
  20. Ignore post excerpt field as excerpt source (builds excerpts automatically from the post content)
  21. Show posts of selected categories (or of all categories)
  22. Show post thumbnail (featured image)
  23. Registered thumbnail dimensions
  24. Thumbnail width in px
  25. Thumbnail height in px
  26. Keep aspect ratio of thumbnails
  27. Try to take the first post image as thumbnail
  28. Only use the first post image as thumbnail
  29. Use default thumbnail if no thumbnail is available
  30. Default thumbnail URL
  31. Print slugs of post categories in class attribute of LI elements
  32. Print inline CSS instead of creating a CSS file
  33. No CSS generation at all

Much more options available in the Pro version

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: Supported Hooks

The plugin considers the output of actions hooked on:

  1. widget_title
  2. rpwwt_widget_posts_args
  3. rpwwt_the_excerpt (for manual excerpts only)
  4. the_excerpt (for all excerpts, is also applied after ‘rpwwt_the_excerpt’)
  5. rpwwt_excerpt_more
  6. rpwwt_excerpt_length
  7. rpwwt_list_cats

Useful hints for developers: Available CSS Selectors

To design the list and its items you can use these CSS selectors:

The elements which contain the posts lists:

The lists which contain the list items:
.rpwwt-widget ul

All list items in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li

All list items of sticky posts in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li.rpwwt-sticky

All links in the lists; every link contains the image and the post title:
.rpwwt-widget ul li a

All images in the lists (use that to set the margins around images):
.rpwwt-widget ul li a img

All post titles in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li a span.rpwwt-post-title

All post author in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li div.rpwwt-post-author

All post categories in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li div.rpwwt-post-categories

All post dates in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li div.rpwwt-post-date

All post excerpts in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li div.rpwwt-post-excerpt

All numbers of comments in the lists:
.rpwwt-widget ul li div.rpwwt-post-comments-number


The user interface is available in

  • Arabic (العربية), kindly drawn up by Shadi AlZard
  • English
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Greek (Ελληνικά), kindly drawn up by Kostas Arvanitidis
  • Japanese (日本語), kindly drawn up by Kazuyuki Kumai
  • Persian (فارسی), kindly drawn up by Sajjad Panahi
  • Polish (Polski), kindly drawn up by Marcin Mikolajczyk
  • Russian (ру́сский), kindly drawn up by dmitriynn
  • Turkish (Türkçe), kindly drawn up by Mehmet HAKAN

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

Author: Martin Stehle

Tags: images,posts list,recent posts,thumbnails,widget

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