Popular Posts Widget

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The Popular Posts widget allows you to display a list of popular blog posts in a widget area/sidebar. It displays the thumbnail, title and date of each post in the list.

In this article, we’ll explain how to create blog posts and display them through the Popular Posts widget in the Jupiter WordPress theme.

Popular posts widget - front end

In this article


Creating Blog Posts

WordPress posts are created separately in the Posts post type. To find more information about creating single posts, read the Creating a blog post article, and then continue to the next section.


In order to display popular posts in a widget area/sidebar, you’ll need to add the JP – Popular Posts widget to a widget area/sidebar then configure its settings.

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Note: The popularity of posts are considered based on the number of comments.
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From the WordPress left menu, go to the Appearance > Widgets page.

popular posts - widget menu

2
In the Widgets page, locate the JP – Popular Posts widget in the Available Widgets column, and then drag and drop it into a widget area. In this example, we chose the Page Widget Area.

popular posts - widgets page

3
Fill out the settings form with the necessary information and then click on the Save button.
Setting Description
Title Displays a title at the top of the widget. If left empty, it will show the Popular Posts title.
Number of posts Defines the number of posts to be displayed.
Show date Determines whether or not to display the date of the post.
Which categories to show Determines from which categories the posts will be shown. You can hold down Command/Control to select several categories.
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Note: The widget is ready. Now you may need to add the Page widget area/sidebar to a page so you can see the widget. If you are not familiar with adding a widget area/sidebar to a page, read the Adding a sidebar article.
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