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.