How to Show Recent Posts with Thumbnails in WordPress Sidebar

Recent Post on SidebarGenerally, your readers can find your recent posts on Homepage. But search engine visitors land on any page of your blog and they don’t really see the recent posts immediately.

So, it would be easier for them to find the recent posts if you place a widget in your sidebar. Plus this can help you to keep them longer in your blog which reduces the bounce rate. You can check my sidebar, you can see recent posts with thumbnails.

There are hundred of widgets to get this task done. But not all of them are good and useful. You can not just hope people to check out your widget and read those posts. You gotta make it appealing and attention graving. You can also make it a sticky widget.

Placing recent posts with thumbnails is a good idea to capture visitors’ attention. So here on this post I will write on how to show recent posts with thumbnails.

How to Show Recent Posts with Thumbnails

WordPress Plugins gives you the power to do almost everything with your WordPress blog. We will use a plugin to do our task.

This plugin is called Recent Posts Widget ExtendedDownload it and install the plugin. Now go to your Widgets section from “Appearance” menu.

You’ll see a widget “» Recent Posts Widget Extended”. Drag it to your sidebar widgets section. You’ve added the widget. Now it’s time for the configuration.

Show Recent Posts with Thumbnails

This is what the Widget Options looks like. You can change the title to anything you want. widget CSS ID is not necessary you don’t want to change the whole look off the widget.

One amazing thing about this widget is you can set the “Cache Life” for this widget. That means this will serve the visitors a cached widget, so your site speed won’t be harmed.

Other things you can set with the options are –

  • You can select the number of posts to show.
  • You can select whether the widgets shows date or not.
  • You can show excerpt of your posts and set the excerpt length.
  • You can select to show thumbnails and you should. You can also set thumbnail width and height.
  • You can select any specific category. I suggest to leave it as is.
  • If you use custom post types you can also filter them.
  • You can change the appearance of the widget using Custom CSS.

Now set those according to your needs and Click on the save button. Check your blog. You can see a nice and attractive recent posts list with thumbnails.

Bonus Tip : As you already have the recent posts in your Homepage, you should hide this widget from the Homepage. Read my tutorial on How to Show or Hide any WordPress Widget on Certain Pages.

Also if you don’t want to use the plugin and yet have the same results you can check out this post.

Let us know if you use any other plugin to do the same. Also let us know if you face any difficulties, configuring the plugin.

12 responses to “How to Show Recent Posts with Thumbnails in WordPress Sidebar”

  1. bipin milan Avatar

    thank you, sir, for sharing this trick to show recent posts with thumbnails in a sidebar. Please, sir, can you help me to show featured post slider on my home page, is there any best free plugin?

  2. Logan Lucky Avatar


    Can you suggest me any plugin, where i can choose the thumbnail posts manually to dsiplay?


  3. Rabin Avatar

    This plugin is really good. But now I prefer using Special Recent Posts.

  4. Minhaz Uddin Avatar

    This is very useful post for me because I started create a blogsite via wordpress. I also add this plugin my website. Thanks for sharing…

  5. Aranyak Avatar

    Very useful post especially for the people who are new to WordPress which surely one of the best CMS tools of the world right now!!

  6. Anjali Avatar

    Nice Post… i like the information you offered through this post. Your efforts for this post are appreciable as it helped me to increase my CTR.

  7. Simran Maan Avatar
    Simran Maan

    Recent Posts Widget Extended has now become my favorite plugin it helps to make blog more attractive and easy to navigate… thanks for sharing

  8. Sk Palash Avatar
    Sk Palash

    A very useful posts. I really loved this topic.

  9. Teena Mishra Avatar
    Teena Mishra

    A very informative article. It really works as my bounce rate decrease by 150%.
    Thanxx for sharing.

  10. Rahul Pahal Avatar
    Rahul Pahal

    I have tried with all dimensions of thumbnail but it is not working at all. thumbnail is not being shown.

  11. imran Avatar

    this plugin looks very cool but my theme already providing this features so i do not need to install this plugin but anyway thanks for the info, may need it later

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