How to Show Recent Posts with Date in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to show recent posts with date in WordPress? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to show recent posts with date in WordPress.

This simply shows your recent posts with dates in your template. Sometimes the built-in WordPress Recent Posts isn’t enough and other available widgets seem too complicated when you want to show just a date and a post title with link.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s sidebar.php file:

<li id="recent-posts" class="widget-container">
    <h3 class="widget-title">Uusimmat artikkelit</h3>
            $args = array( 'numberposts' => 3 );
            $postslist = get_posts( $args );
            foreach ($postslist as $post) :  setup_postdata($post); ?>
                <span><?php the_date(); ?></span>
                <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
        <?php endforeach; ?>

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: 21 best WordPress real estate themes and how to save partial form data in WordPress.

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