Display Most Recently Updated Posts and Pages

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Are you looking for a way to show most recently updated posts and pages? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to display most recently updated posts and pages in WordPress.


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

     $today = current_time('mysql', 1);
     $howMany = 5;

     if ( $recentposts = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT ID, post_title FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish' AND post_modified_gmt < '$today' ORDER BY post_modified_gmt DESC LIMIT $howMany")):
<h2><?php _e("Recent Updates"); ?></h2>
foreach ($recentposts as $post) {
     if ($post->post_title == '') $post->post_title = sprintf(__('Post #%s'), $post->ID);
     echo "<li><a href='".get_permalink($post->ID)."'>";
     echo '</a></li>';
<?php endif; ?>

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: 10 best WordPress testimonial plugins to add social proof and how to create a WordPress form with a date picker.

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