WordPress Popular Posts

Description

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays your most popular posts.

Main Features

  • Multi-widget capable – You can have several widgets of WordPress Popular Posts on your blog, each with its own settings!
  • Time Range – List those posts of your blog that have been the most popular ones within a specific time range (eg. last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc)!
  • Custom Post-type support – Want to show other stuff than just posts and pages, eg. Popular Products? You can!
  • Thumbnails! – Display a thumbnail of your posts! (see the FAQ section for more details.)
  • Statistics dashboard – See how your popular posts are doing directly from your admin area.
  • Sorting options – Order your popular list by comments, views (default) or average views per day!
  • Custom themes – Out of the box, WordPress Popular Posts includes some themes so you can style your popular posts list (see Widget Themes for more details).
  • Use your own layout! – WPP is flexible enough to let you customize the look and feel of your popular posts! (see customizing WPP’s HTML markup and How to style WordPress Popular Posts for more.)
  • Advanced caching features! – WordPress Popular Posts includes a few options to make sure your site’s performance stays as good as ever! (see Performance for more details.)
  • REST API Support – Embed your popular posts in your (web) app! (see REST API Endpoints for more.)
  • Disqus support – Sort your popular posts by Disqus comments count!
  • Polylang & WPML 3.2+ support – Show the translated version of your popular posts!
  • WordPress Multisite support – Each site on the network can have its own popular posts list!

Other Features

  • Shortcode support – Use the [wpp] shortcode to showcase your most popular posts on pages, too! For usage and instructions, please refer to the Installation section.
  • Template tags – Don’t feel like using widgets? No problem! You can still embed your most popular entries on your theme using the wpp_get_mostpopular() template tag. Additionally, the wpp_get_views() template tag allows you to retrieve the views count for a particular post. For usage and instructions, please refer to the Installation section.
  • LocalizationTranslate WPP into your own language.
  • WP-PostRatings support – Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!

WordPress Popular Posts is now also on GitHub!

Looking for a Recent Posts widget just as featured-packed as WordPress Popular Posts? Try Recently!

Credits

  • Flame graphic by freevector/Vecteezy.com.

Screenshots

  • The WordPress Popular Posts Widget.
  • The WordPress Popular Posts Widget on theme's sidebar.
  • Dashboard widget.
  • Statistics panel.

Installation

Please make sure your site meets the minimum requirements before proceeding.

Automatic installation

  1. Log in into your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  3. In the “Search Plugins” field, type in WordPress Popular Posts and hit Enter.
  4. Find the plugin in the search results list and click on the “Install Now” button.

Manual installation

  1. Download the plugin and extract its contents.
  2. Upload the wordpress-popular-posts folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the WordPress Popular Posts plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.

Done! What’s next?

  1. Go to Appearance > Widgets, drag and drop the WordPress Popular Posts widget to your sidebar. Once you’re done configuring it, hit the Save button.
  2. If you have a caching plugin installed on your site, flush its cache now so WPP can start tracking your site.
  3. If you have a plugin that minifies JavaScript (JS) installed on your site please read this FAQ: Is WordPress Popular Posts compatible with plugins that minify/bundle JavaScript code?
  4. If you have a security / firewall plugin installed on your site, make sure you allow WPP access to the REST API so it can start tracking your site.
  5. Go to Appearance > Editor. Under “Templates”, click on header.php and make sure that the <?php wp_head(); ?> tag is present (should be right before the closing </head> tag).
  6. (Optional but highly recommended) Are you running a medium/high traffic site? If so, it might be a good idea to check these suggestions to make sure your site’s performance stays up to par.

That’s it!

USAGE

WordPress Popular Posts can be used in three different ways:

  1. As a widget: simply drag and drop it into your theme’s sidebar and configure it.
  2. As a template tag: you can place it anywhere on your theme with wpp_get_mostpopular().
  3. Via shortcode, so you can embed it inside a post or a page.

Make sure to stop by the Wiki as well, you’ll find even more info there!

FAQ

The FAQ section has been moved here.

Reviews

ނޮވެމްބަރ 29, 2020
Been using this plugin for a while now, I will recommend it not only because it works great and support is as great as plugin but, also because I tried most of related posts plugins and by far this one is the best!! Keep up the good work 🙂
ނޮވެމްބަރ 14, 2020
I've been using this plugin for a while. Recently I ran into an issue and opened a ticket in the forum. To my surprise, the plugin author responded within a day and solved my issue even though I may not have provided sufficient details for the issue. The issue was explained clearly and the solution was easy to follow. Great support!
ނޮވެމްބަރ 3, 2020
Evitar! rompe el sitio. Al instalar este plugin dejaron de verse todas las imágenes. Probé una y otra vez instalando y desinstalando este plugin puntualmente y era lo que rompía el sitio. Tal vez alguna incompatibilidad con algo ya instalado en mi sitio...
އޮކްޓޯބަރ 21, 2020
By far the best thought-out and functional plugin when it comes to handling and displaying popular posts...! Especially appreciate the great documentation, the many filters (f.ex. to fully modify the HTML output) and the caching mechanism. Thanks so much for making and sharing this.
އޮކްޓޯބަރ 15, 2020
Plugin works exactly as described. I had one question and support team help me to sort it with really detailed reply. Thank you so much!
އޯގަސްޓް 15, 2020
I like this plugin because it gives website visitors a reason to stay longer, and the themes it comes with look beautiful and in harmony with the theme. I have an issue with the text-decoration after the latest update, only because I tweaked the css in the plugin editor, and now I can't remember the line of code that I changed! A great, useful plugin highly recommended! PS: I will seek support for my little problem, and hopefully I can fix it!
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Contributors & Developers

“WordPress Popular Posts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“WordPress Popular Posts” has been translated into 13 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

5.2.4

  • Fixes PHP notices affecting Block Editor users on WordPress 5.5.
  • Fixes a rare PHP warning message that pops up randomly when the Pageviews Cache is enabled.

Release notes

5.2.3

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is required.

  • Fixes a compatibility issue with WordPress 5.5.
  • Widget themes: various fixes for better IE11 compatibility.

Release notes

5.2.2

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is required.

  • Fixes compatibility issue with plugins that minify HTML code.
  • Updates installation instructions.
  • Other minor improvements.

Release notes

5.2.1

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is required.

  • Fixes fatal PHP error triggered on some server setups.
  • Makes sure non-ajaxified themed widgets are properly moved into the ShadowRoot.
  • Fixes declaration of the wpp_params variable.

Release notes

5.2.0

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is required.

  • JavaScript based Lazy Loading superseded by Native Lazing Loading.
  • Improved Pageviews Cache.
  • Views/comments count will be prettified now!
  • Fixed a few layout issues found in widget themes.
  • Improved compatibility with Content Security Policy (CSP).
  • Added support for ACF images.
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.

Release notes

5.1.0

5.0.2

  • A performance notice will be displayed for mid/high traffic sites (see #239).
  • Fixed an issue with text_title content tag not being shortened (see #241).
  • Added a link to the Debug screen to the plugin’s dashboard for ease of access.
  • Other minor improvements/changes.

5.0.1

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is recommended.

  • Fixed a compatibility issue with the newly introduced widget themes feature. If you’re using a theme with your popular posts widget you’ll need to reapply it for it to get the latest changes (go to Appearance > Widgets > WordPress Popular Posts, select a different theme then hit Save, finally switch back to your preferred theme and hit Save again.)
  • Fixed two date related issues.
  • Minor styling improvements to widget themes Cards, Cards Compact, Cardview and Cardview Compact.
  • Removes bold styling from post title on the stock design (wpp.css).
  • Improves data caching logic.

5.0.0

If you’re using a caching plugin, flushing its cache right after installing / upgrading to this version is required.

  • Code has been refactored to use more modern PHP practices! This will help make WordPress Popular Posts more maintainable and easier to extend.
  • WordPress Popular Posts now requires PHP 5.4 or newer and WordPress 4.7 or newer.
  • The WPP_Query class has been deprecated. Use WordPressPopularPosts\Query instead.
  • Added ability to filter posts by multiple taxonomies (thanks blackWhitePanda!)
  • New Dashboard Widget: Trending Now.
  • Added 10 new themes for the widget!
  • Added ability to lazy load thumbnails (enabled by default).
  • Improved support for WPML and Polylang.
  • Authors and Editors can now access the Stats dashboard too!
  • Fixed translation issues affecting russian and similar languages.
  • New Content Tags: total_items and item_position.
  • Many minor bug fixes/improvements.

Release notes | Full Changelog.