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Let’s face it: WordPress’ default Recent Posts widget does the job as promised but it’s not very flexible. Things like excluding certain entries from the list or displaying recent posts by category can’t be done with the stock Recent Posts widget. Therefore, let me introduce Recently.

Recently is a WordPress widget that displays your site’s most recent posts. And it doesn’t stop there:

Main Features

  • Multi-widget capable. That is, you can have several Recently widgets on your blog – each with its own settings!
  • Polylang/WPML 3.2+ support – Show the translated version of your recent posts!
  • WordPress Multisite support.
  • WordPress Popular Posts / WP-PostViews / Top 10 support: – Display the views count of your recent posts!
  • Custom Post-type support. – Want to show other stuff than just posts and pages, eg. Recent Products? You can!
  • List recent posts filtered by categories, tags, or custom taxonomies!
  • Display a thumbnail of your recent posts! (see the FAQ section for more details.)
  • Use your own layout! Recently is flexible enough to let you customize the look and feel of your recent posts list! (see customizing Recently’s HTML markup and How to style Recently for more.)
  • Localizable to your own language (See translating Recently into your language for more info).
  • WP-PostRatings support. Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!

Support the Project!

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Recently is now also on GitHub!


  • Widgets Control Panel.
  • Recently Widget.
  • Recently Widget with Cards theme.
  • Recently Widget with Cardview theme.
  • Recently Widget with Midnight theme.
  • Recently Widget with Tiles theme.
  • Recently Widget with Tiny theme.


Please make sure your site meets the minimum requirements before proceeding.

Automatic installation

  1. Log in into your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  3. In the “Search Plugins” field, type in Recently and hit Enter.
  4. Find the plugin in the search results list and click on the “Install Now” button.

Manual installation

  1. Download the plugin and extract its contents.
  2. Upload the recently folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the Recently plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.

Done! What’s next?

  1. Go to Appearance > Widgets, drag the Recently widget onto your sidebar, configure it, and when you’re done click on Save.
  2. If you have a caching plugin installed on your site you may need to adjust some settings to make sure Recently can work: Is Recently compatible with caching plugins?

Make sure to stop by the Wiki as well, you’ll find even more info there!

That’s it!


The FAQ section has been moved here.


Ipril 24, 2021
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Maarec 22, 2021
It is The Best Recent Posts widget. But we need more options like thumbnail size, show only Post ID(s), excluding current posts.
Oktubor 28, 2018
Being somebody who works with WordPress and WooCommerce performance, Recently is the only plugin that has the options and functionality necessary to help make sure high traffic websites don't crash when they want to show their recent posts.
Jun 29, 2017
Full Customizable and do all you want... LOVE IT!
Séptembor 3, 2016
Looks very clean and solid.
Séptembor 3, 2016
I am on multisite and my sub blogs don't have the same custom post types, but I needed a way tho show these on my home page in a widget. I have tried all plugins available and it's the first one that worked with the plugin multisite widget context.
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Contributors & Developers

“Recently” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Recently” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Recently” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.



  • Fixes a potential XSS vulnerability (props to Yu Iwama of Secure Sky Technology Inc. and the JPCERT/CC Vulnerability Coordination Group).
  • Fixes a potential code injection vulnerability (props to Jerome & NinTechNet).
  • Fixes a fatal error that can occur when using stock thumbnail sizes (props to @rianovost).
  • Fixes a srcset bug that affects specific PHP locales (props to @fredel).
  • Fixes a srcset not loading images due to improper SSL/HTTPS configuration (props to @aj4h).
  • Fixes a views/comments translation issue that affects some languages.

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache after installing/upgrading to this version is highly recommended.

Release notes


  • Fixes an issue where when using multiple widgets on the same page posts would be duplicated (thanks rianovost!)
  • Enables the Ajaxify Widget option by default (affects new installs only) for better out-of-the-box compat with caching plugins.

Release notes


  • Fixes a fatal PHP error when using an image source other than Featured Image (thanks rianovost!)

Release notes


  • Fixes thumbnails not displaying under certain conditions.
  • Fixes an issue where the Tiny theme would change the widget title to “Trending.”
  • Updates plugin screenshots to showcase the new themes.

Release notes


  • Fixes a bug where the user couldn’t disable the display of thumbnails.
  • Improves compatibility with WordPress Popular Posts and Polylang.
  • Minor code enhancements.

Release notes


If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache after installing/upgrading to this version is highly recommended.

  • Code has been refactored to make maintenance easier in the future.
  • Widget Themes support!
  • Retina displays support!
  • New Content Tags added: total_items, item_position, and title_attr.
  • Minor usability improvements.
  • Improves compatibility with Polylang/WPML.
  • Improved CSP compatibility. Note that this may cause issues on some set-ups, please check the Release Notes for more details.

See the Release Notes for more details.
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