Recent Posts

Caveat

Unfortunately, due to ill-health, this plugin has not been developed or supported properly for some years. It works with the latest versions of WordPress (including on this website) but could possibly conflict with any WordPress features added after 2008 — e.g. custom post types — if you use them.

Purpose

This plugin displays a list of the most recent posts to your blog in a highly customisable way.

This is version 2.6.2.0 download latest version. It is compatible with WordPress 1.5–2.6.2.

The plugin has an options page which lets you change how the output is generated and displayed.

Installation Instructions

  1. If upgrading from a previous version, first deactivate the plugin via the Plugins page and delete the plugin folder from your server.
  2. Upload the plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory. You will also need to install the Post-Plugin Library.
  3. Go to your admin Plugins page and activate Recent Posts.
  4. Put<!--?php recent_posts(); ?--> at the place in your theme files where you want the list of similar posts to appear. Lorelle on WordPress has a good guide to modifying themes for plugins. If you are using a widget-ready theme the plugin can be placed from the widget admin page.
  5. Use the admin Settings|Recent Posts page to set all the available options. Alternatively, the options can be overridden by passing a parameter to the recent_posts template tag.

Usage and Options

The configuration page will help you to set up the plugin to your satisfaction.

If you also install the latest version of Plugin Output Cache the output of this plugin will be automatically cached for efficiency.

Note: If you find that your list of recent posts comes out backwards it is probably because you have MySQL version 4.1.21. That version of MySQL has a bug when a SELECT statement has both DISTINCT and ORDER BY clauses. The latest versions of the plugin (2.5+) avoid this MySQL bug.