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Custom Recent Posts Widget WordPress Plugin

Did you remember my old post about excluding categories in WordPress recent posts widget? It is still one of the easiest methods to exclude categories in wordpress recent posts widget. But it needed some coding knowledge. Well.. I’ve developed a plugin for that purpose called Custom Recent Posts Widget. When activated, this plugin creates a widget for showing recent posts from certain categories in widgetized areas. (aka sidebars).

Download this plugin from official WordPress plugin repository.

Upadte: I’ve updated this plugin to show recent posts by tags as well. This option is available in version 2.0

Screen Shots:

Custom Recent Posts Widget

Custom Recent Posts widget settings

Custom Recent Posts widget showing recent posts in sidebar.

Licence: GPL3

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Prasanna SP

Student | WordPress Dev | Tech Blogger | Interested in GNU/Linux, FOSS, PHP, Drupal, WordPress, Ethical hacking, Photography, Painting, Literature etc..

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  1. Flick

    Hi Prassana – I just wanted to say that I have used this widget a few times now on various sites and its lean and clean output is really very, very helpful! It is also very easy to use for techie and non-techie WP site owners as well. Thanks for an awesome plugin ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Prasanna SP

      I’m glad to hear that this plugin helped you. I’ll continue to give many more plugins for the WordPress community. Thanks Flick!

  2. Ron

    Great plugin Prasanna! This does exactly what I was looking for.

    If you’re ever going to revise this, I’d like to recommend an additional function if possible ๐Ÿ™‚
    maybe the ability to choose a list-style (none, disc, square, inside…)
    I use additional css just to add discs as seen here idreamofphilippines.com


  3. NoypiGeeks

    Hi sir Prasanna, I have been looking for this kind of plug in and thankfully I accidentally found it in your site! I will now display my other categories’ recent post in my footer. Thank you very much for this cool plug in!

  4. john


    how do I get the plugin special recent posts to display a thumbnail picture from my recent posts?


  5. Larry Brambrut

    How can I add spacing between the titles? And also how can I add them as bullets?
    They are hard to read so close together, at least in my theme.

  6. Nishant Srivastava

    Thanks for this plugin, I think its very easy to use for newbie, one of the best plugin for recent posts…

  7. Masato Uehara

    I’d like to add “NEW” icon to Recent Posts widget. How can I do that?

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