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The easiest ways to show recent posts in WordPress

When you want to show your recent posts in WordPress to your visitors without making consistent efforts after every post, what do you do? We have a simple solution. In this article, we present to you two of the easiest ways to show recent posts in WordPress.

First Method – Recent Posts Widget 

1.Go to Dashboard>Appearance>Widgets.

2.Drag the default widget, “Recent Posts” to “Sidebar”.

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This default widget provided by WordPress allows us to set the title of the post that we intend to show, the number of posts to show and also gives us an option to view or hide the post date.

Second Method – Recent Posts Widget Extended Plugin

1.Go to Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.

2.Search for, install and activate, “Recent Posts Widget Extended Plugin”


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3.  Now go back to your Dashboard, and then go to Appearance>Widgets.

4. Drag the “Recent Posts Widget Extended” plugin to your “Sidebar”.

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This plugin, with over a million downloads, is well-equipped with tons of functionalities and features, due to which you can customize how you want to show your recent posts in WordPress.

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Recent Posts Widget Extended plugin provides us with many-

  • post status options
  • taxonomy support
  • allows us to set title URL
  • gives us an option to display our posts by date, comment or anything as we like
  • we can choose to display post date, modification date, comment count, and much more.

For anyone who wants to display their recent posts on their website and have the display options completely customized, this is the plugin to go. 

Wrapping Up,

The two methods we have explained in here might be the easiest ways by which you can show recent posts in WordPress. Between the two methods, we recommend that you go for the second one because it has a lot more features and functionalities than the default widget. If you have any problems/ suggestions for us please let us know via the comment section below.

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