How to List Some Posts for Each Category in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to list the last posts you wrote for each blog category? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to list some posts for each category 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 so_cat_posts_menu() {

    global $post;
    $limit = 3;
    $cats = get_categories();

    <ul class="category-post-list">

        <?php foreach ($cats as $c) : ?>

                $posts = get_posts(array(
                    'numberposts' => $limit,
                    'category' => $c->term_id

            <?php if (count($posts) > 0) : ?>

                <li class="category-<?php echo $c->term_id; ?> category-<?php $c->name; ?>">
                    <a href="<?php echo get_category_link($c->term_id); ?>" title="<?php echo $c->category_nicename; ?>"><?php echo $c->category_nicename; ?></a>
                        <?php foreach ($posts as $post) : setup_postdata($post); ?>
                            <li><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
                        <?php endforeach; ?>

            <?php endif; ?>

        <?php endforeach; ?>



You can list the posts anywhere on your template files using this code:

<?php so_cat_post_menu(); ?>

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add 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: 7 best WordPress calendar plugins and how to save partial form data in WordPress.

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