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

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

Recent posts widget - front end


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.


Displaying Recent Blog Posts

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

To add the widget:

1From the WordPress left menu, go to the Appearance > Widgets page.

recent posts widget - widgets menu

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

recent posts widget-widgets page

3Fill out the settings form with the necessary information and click on the Save button.
Setting Description

TitleDisplays a title at the top of the widget. If left empty, it will shows the Recent Posts title.
Number of postsDetermines the number of posts for the widget.
Show dateDetermines whether or not display the date for the post.
Which Categories to showDetermines from which categories the posts should be shown. You can hold down Command/Control to select several categories.