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Display recent post summary with title and link in sidebar

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  • Started 5 years ago by shelzmike
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  1. shelzmike
    Member

    I want to create a "recent news" section in the sidebar in my child theme. Basically, I am going to use posts as the news items. That being said, I am looking for a way to have the most recent posts with a title, an excerpt, and a link to the full story. I want to have like 5 maximum listed in the sidebar. So my first question is - does anyone know of a plugin that accomplishes this? (I know of plenty that show recent posts - heck, that is built in, but none that display the excerpt as well).

    Secondly, how can I add the sidebar on only one page (static home page) using the hooks. But I would like to have the sidebar to have its own class as well so that I can edit the css without affecting the basic css rules for the regular sidebar. Thanks!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. amygail
    Member

    Hey again,
    Try a quick search at the WP plugin directory for "recent posts with excerpt'. There are a few that should help you.

    As far as the sidebar goes - Thematic already generates the dynamic classes for you.

    For instance :

    body.slug-home #primary {
    	background-color: aqua;
    
    }
    body.slug-about #primary {
    	background-color: green;
    
    }
    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. shelzmike
    Member

    Thanks..I did that and found a plugin that is close : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-and-page-excerpt-widgets/

    But I want it to be updated dynamically, and this requires that it be manually updated, which is better than nothing, but surely it can be updated dynamically!

    Mike

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. amygail
    Member

    Hmm - just a quick search in the wp directory "recent posts with excerpt"
    gave me a few plugins that look more like what you need.

    These look pretty good.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tdd-recent-posts/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yd-recent-posts-widget/

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. shelzmike
    Member

    Thanks again..I am not sure which I will use. I see that there are several options that I will play with..I like the idea of the built in customization of this one:
    http://rmarsh.com/plugins/recent-posts/

    BUT I am getting a stupid You do not have sufficient privileges to access this page error when I try to access the "highly configurable" options. Which is strange, since I tried to 777 the file AND that I am an admin. That being said, I will probably scrap this one and go with one you suggested.

    Mike

    Posted 5 years ago #

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