Ultimate Posts Widget – WordPress plugin Free download

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Ultimate Posts Widget


The ultimate widget for displaying posts, custom post types or sticky posts with an array of options to customize the display.

Designed for both the average user and developer, Ultimate Posts Widgets aims to provide flexibility and ease of use for displaying any kinds of posts within your widget areas. An array of widget options are available as well as hooks, filters and custom templates for more advanced customization.


Filter by categories
Filter by current category
Filter by tags
Filter by current tag
Filter by custom post types
Filter by sticky posts
Select number of posts to display
Display title
Display publish date/time with custom format options
Display post author and link
Display post comment count
Display excerpt or full content
Display read more link with custom label
Display featured image and at any size
Display post categories
Display post tags
Display custom fields
Add text or HTML before and after posts list
Add CSS class to widget
Add widget title link
Change excerpt length (in words)
Order by date, title, number of comments, random or a custom field


See the FAQ tab for documentation on custom templates, hooks, common issues, and more.

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Example with TwentyTwelve theme with the default widget options
General options tab
Display options tab
Filter options tab
Order options tab


Click to Download and extract the zip archive
Upload ultimate-posts-widget folder to /wp-content/plugins/
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Add the widget to a sidebar and configure the options as desired


Installation Instructions

Click to Download and extract the zip archive
Upload ultimate-posts-widget folder to /wp-content/plugins/
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Add the widget to a sidebar and configure the options as desired


upw_enqueue_styles (boolean)
Allows changing whether to load the template CSS file(s).

upw_wp_query_args (array)
Allows changing the WP_Query arguments for the widget.

upw_custom_template_path (string)
Allows changing the default custom template path.


As of version 2.0.0 we changed the widget HTML markup. For installs prior to 2.0.0 you can use the legacy template to retain the old HTML markup and compatibility.

The new standard template as of version 2.0.0. It features better HTML5 markup, improved styling on various themes without the need for custom CSS, and hfeed microformat.

As of version 2.0.0 you can now provide your own custom template files. To do this, create a directory named upw in your theme and copy a template from the plugin’s templates directory. Edit as needed.

Then, in the widget settings under the Display tab, choose Custom from the Template drop down. In the Custom Template Name field that appears and enter the file name of your template (excluding .php). For example, if your template is named custom.php then enter custom in the Custom Template Name field.

Images sizes

As of version 2.0.0, the plugin no longer supports setting custom image sizes from the widget options panel.

To change image sizes you can either edit the built-in sizes (thumbnail, medium, and large) or define a custom image size in your theme functions.php.

Edit built-in image sizes: Go to Settings > Media and change the image sizes as desired. Once image sizes are changed you will need to regenerate thumbnails to update any existing images. This can be done with AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild or Regenerate Thumbnails plugins. Note that this will affect image sizes for the entire site.

Define a custom image size: Edit your functions.php file and add a new image size with the add_image_size function. See the WordPress codex for documentation. Once the function is added, your custom size will be available to select from the widget options. Like editing a built-in size, you will need to regenerate thumbnails for existing images.


<?php add_image_size( 'my-custom-size', 800, 600, false ); ?>

Thumbnail images are not displaying

As of version 2.0.0 timthumb is no longer used.

This plugin uses the timthumb library to resize post thumbnails. Please review these requirements and troubleshooting tips if you are having problems displaying thumbnails.

Right click > view image – If an image isn’t loading then this is the first thing you should do. 9 times out of 10 it will tell you what the problem is in an easy to read error message.
JetPack plugin – There is a known conflict between JetPack’s “Photon” component, please disable it for compatibility with timthumb.
Server requirements – PHP and the GD image library must be installed on your web server. Normally most web servers include them by default.
Cache permissions – The cache directory wp-content/plugins/ultimate-posts-widget/cache should be set to 777 or if that doesn’t work, you may find 755 is ok.
Image sizes – timthumb is configured to only work for images smaller than 1500 x 1500. The plugin and automatically selects the “Large” size from Settings > Media, if it is greater than 1500 x 1500 you will need to reduce the size or modify the configuration in thumb.php to support larger image sizes.
Tilde(~) in url – timthumb has a known issue with this, please use a url without a tilde until a fix is available. Bug report
Thumbnail images only work with WordPress’ native post thumbnail / featured image. Many theme use a custom image field for thumbnails, these are not supported.

Still stuck? See additional troubleshooting tips from the timthumb author.


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