While developing for WordPress you sometimes need to create a “non-widgetized” custom sidebar. You would also like to have a list of your most recent posts in that custom sidebar. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have a “recent posts” template tag.
Here is a simple, easy to implement PHP file you can use to generate a list of recent posts in your custom “non-widgetized” sidebar.
Download this file: recent_posts.php. Now, upload it to the wp-content/themes/yourtheme directory, and insert the following code in your
sidebar.php file where you want your recent posts list to appear:
<?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . "/recent_posts.php"); ?>
If you open up
recent_posts.php in your favorite text editor you have the ability to change how many posts you want to display. You can also be more specific in what posts you want to display by passing different arguments to query_posts.