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Display Recent Posts From a Specific Category in WordPress

Do you want to display recent posts from a specific category in WordPress? The default recent posts widget shows posts from all categories, and there is no option to filter them by category. In this article, we will show you how to easily display recent posts from a specific category in WordPress.

Filtering Posts by Category in WordPress

If you just want to create a page to display recent posts from a particular category, then your WordPress site already has separate pages for each category.

You can add links to all your category pages by visiting Appearance » Widgets page and adding the ‘Categories’ widget to your sidebar. You can also add categories in your navigation menus.

On the other hand, if you want to show recent posts from a specific category in your sidebar, then there is no default widget for that. The default recent posts widget does not allow you to filter posts by category or tags.

Thankfully there is another way. Let’s take a look at how to easily display recent posts from specific category in WordPress.

Method 1. Show Recent Posts from a Category Using Plugin

This method is easier, and it is recommended for most users.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Recent Posts Widget Extended plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Appearance » Widgets page and add ‘Recent Posts Extended’ widget to your sidebar.

Recent Posts

The widget menu will expand to show its settings. You need to select the category or categories that you want to display under the ‘Limit to Category’ option.

The widget comes with a lot of options that you can customize. You can show post thumbnail, date, relative date, post summary/excerpts, and more.

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your widget settings.

You can now visit your website to see the recent posts displayed by category.

Display Recent Posts by Category Using Shortcode

The Recent Posts Extended Widget also allows you to use shortcode to display recent posts anywhere on your site including posts and pages.

You will need to edit the post or page where you want to display the recent posts from a specific category. In the post editor, you will need to add the following shortcode:


[rpwe limit="5" excerpt="true" cat="72" ]

This shortcode displays 5 recent posts from a specific category with the post excerpt. You will need to replace the cat value with the ID of the category that you want to display. See our article on how to find category ID in WordPress.

After adding the shortcode, you can save your post or page to view your changes.

Method 2. Display Recent Posts From Specific Category using Code Snippet

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress theme files. If you haven’t done this before, then take a look at our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

You will need to add the following code in your WordPress theme files where you want to display recent posts from a specific category.


The first line of this code creates a new WordPress query with a specific category ID. You need to replace it with your own category ID. It only shows post title in a list.

You can change it to display full content by adding the following code:


You can also replace the the_content with the_excerpt to display post excerpts instead of full article.

Article from: WPBeginner.com

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