Display posts your way in WordPress

Ever had trouble finding the right widget to display what you want? This happens to me a lot.

Earlier today I was looking for a recent posts widget for a restaurant menu that would let me:

  • Show only one post from a particular category
  • Let me hide the post title
  • Show the complete content of the post
  • Show the date with PHP formatting
  • Retain the CSS formatting of the post

I tried four plugins before I found Justin Tadlock’s amazing Query Posts plugin. It does all of those things and much more, with around 40 options. It’s like the Swiss army knife of recent post widgets.


  1. It’s all preference, typically I’d show maybe 5-6 depending on whether my post titles tend to be long or short. Short titles, more posts…

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