Add a Recent Post widget with thumbnails

This video in this series provides an overview of how to setup a Recent Posts widget with thumbnails like the Celestial Reloaded theme demo website displays on its blog page. The widget is a plugin called Recent Posts Plus and offers many features that you can customize how the widget looks. Here is a demo of it in action: 

Recent Posts

Covered in this video:

  • Introduction to the plugin.
  • Getting the Recent Posts Plus plugin and setting it up.
  • Using the widget to display recent (latest) posts with thumbnails.

Widget Output Template

You can change the template layout of your widget how you want it, but to make it easy for you, I’ve provide you with the code that the demo site uses. You will find this code snippet in your original download for Celestial Reloaded and in the snippets folder called “Recent Posts Plus“.

Selecting Categories

You will be selecting category ID’s to display recent posts from by using this code in the WP_Query Options field:

"cat": "5,10,11"