Create Most Recent Posts Dashboard Widget

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Do you want to create a new dashboard widget in WordPress showing the five most recent posts? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to create most recent posts dashboard widget in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function wps_recent_posts_dw() {
          global $post;
          $args = array( 'numberposts' => 5 );

          $myposts = get_posts( $args );
		foreach( $myposts as $post ) :  setup_postdata($post); ?>
		    <li> (<? the_date('Y / n / d'); ?>) <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
	  <?php endforeach; ?>

function add_wps_recent_posts_dw() {
       wp_add_dashboard_widget( 'wps_recent_posts_dw', __( 'Recent Posts' ), 'wps_recent_posts_dw' );
add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'add_wps_recent_posts_dw' );

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 50+ best WooCommerce themes for your online store and how to create a WordPress donation form.

Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. add to category: dashboard

  2. this is what i’m looking for,

    thank you

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