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Display recent post summary with title and link in sidebar

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  • Started 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago #

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