The Recent Posts WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. displays your most recent posts in your sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme., making it easy for your readers to see what’s new on your blog.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance -> Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Recent Posts Widget

  • Title: Sets the title that will display above the recent posts in the sidebar. (e.g., Latest Posts, What’s New)
  • Number of Posts: Sets the number of posts to display.

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