WordPress Popular Posts
WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays your most popular posts.
Multi-widget capable – You can have several widgets of WordPress Popular Posts on your blog, each with its own settings!
Time Range – List those posts of your blog that have been the most popular ones within a specific time range (eg. last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc)!
Custom Post-type support – Wanna show other stuff than just posts and pages?
Thumbnails! – Display a thumbnail of your posts! (see the FAQ section for technical requirements.)
Statistics dashboard – See how your popular posts are doing directly from your admin area.
Sorting options – Order your popular list by comments, views (default) or average views per day!
Use your own layout! – WPP is flexible enough to let you customize the look and feel of your popular posts! (see customizing WPP’s HTML markup and How to style WordPress Popular Posts for more.)
Advanced caching features! – WordPress Popular Posts includes a few options to make sure your site’s performance stays as good as ever! (see Performance for more details.)
REST API Support – Embed your popular posts in your (web) app! (see REST API Endpoints for more.)
Disqus support – Sort your popular posts by Disqus comments count!
Polylang & WPML 3.2+ support – Show the translated version of your popular posts!
WordPress Multisite support – Each site on the network can have its own popular posts!
Shortcode support – Use the [wpp] shortcode to showcase your most popular posts on pages, too! For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
Template tags – Don’t feel like using widgets? No problem! You can still embed your most popular entries on your theme using the wpp_get_mostpopular() template tag. Additionally, the wpp_get_views() template tag allows you to retrieve the views count for a particular post. For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
Localization – Translate WPP to your own language (See the FAQ section for more info).
WP-PostRatings support – Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!
WordPress Popular Posts is now also on GitHub!
Looking for a Recent Posts widget just as featured-packed as WordPress Popular Posts? Try Recently!
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Please make sure your site meets the minimum requirements before proceeding.
Log in into your WordPress dashboard.
Go to Plugins > Add New.
In the “Search Plugins” field, type in WordPress Popular Posts and hit Enter.
Find the plugin in the search results list and click on the “Install Now” button.
Click to Download the plugin and extract its contents.
wordpress-popular-posts folder to the
Activate the WordPress Popular Posts plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.
Done! What’s next?
Go to Appearance > Widgets, drag and drop the WordPress Popular Posts widget to your sidebar. Once you’re done configuring it, hit the Save button.
If you have a caching plugin installed on your site, flush its cache now so WPP can start tracking your site.
If you have a security / firewall plugin installed on your site, make sure you allow WPP access to the REST API so it can start tracking your site.
Go to Appearance > Editor. Under “Templates”, click on
header.php and make sure that the
<?php wp_head(); ?> tag is present (should be right before the closing
(Optional, but highly recommended for large / high traffic sites) Enabling Caching and/or Data Sampling might be a good idea if you’re worried about performance. Check here for more.
WordPress Popular Posts can be used in three different ways:
As a widget: simply drag and drop it into your theme’s sidebar and configure it.
As a template tag: you can place it anywhere on your theme with wpp_get_mostpopular().
Via shortcode, so you can embed it inside a post or a page.
Make sure to stop by the Wiki as well, you’ll find even more info there!
The FAQ section has been moved here.