Posts per Cat

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Group latest posts by selected category and show post titles w/ or w/o excerpt, featured image and comments number in boxes organized in one, two, thr

Author:Aleksandar Urošević (profile at
WordPress version required:3.8.0
WordPress version tested:4.4
Plugin version:1.4.2
Added to WordPress repository:04-03-2009
Last updated:28-11-2015
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Posts per Cat is a simple plugin that grab all or only selected categories from blog database, and then list recent N posts from each category, organised in 1-5 columns.

IMPORTANT NOTICE Plugin Posts-per-Cat is unmaintained. That means no further updates or free plugin support will be available.

If you are interested to acquisition of plugin, please contact us.


  • choose how many boxes per row will be displayed (one, two, three, four or five)
  • define number of post titles to display per category
  • define category ID's to exclude
  • define category ID's to include
  • toggle displaying of child categories
  • ordering boxes by category ID, title or custom (manually entered category ID's as include list)
  • toggle displaying sticky posts
  • toggle usage of custom list CSS
  • SEO optimized permalink URI's
  • integrate to template file, use shortcode [ppc] with options or widget
  • ready for localisation
  • template system for single post line in box defined by user in plain HTML with macro keywords for post elements

Shortcode options

You can use shortcode [ppc], with options below (set option in shortcode to override default settings above):

  • columns=2 - Number of columns (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5)
  • minh=0 - Minimal height of box (in px, set to 0 for auto)
  • include=category_ID's - Include category (comma separated category ID's)
  • exclude=category_ID's - Exclude category (comma separated category ID's)
  • parent=0 - Only top level categories (0 or 1)
  • order=ID - Order categories by (ID, name or custom)
  • catonly=0 - Only from displayed category archive (0 or 1)
  • noctlink=0 - Do not link category name (0 or 1)
  • more=0 - Standalone link to archives (0 or 1)
  • moretxt="More from" - Archive link prefix
  • posts=5 - Number of headlines per category block
  • porderby=date - Order posts by date, modified, title, name, ID, author
  • porder=DESC - Order sorting DESC or ASC
  • titlelen=34 - Headline length (in characters)
  • shorten=0 - Shorten headline (0 or 1)
  • commnum=0 - Display comment number (0 or 1)
  • nosticky=0 - Hide sticky posts (0 or 1)
  • excerpts=none - Show excerpt (none, first or all)
  • content=0 - Use post content as excerpt (0 or 1)
  • excleng=100 - Excerpt length
  • thumb=0 - Show thumbnail with excerpt (0 or 1)
  • tsize=60 - Thumbnail size, set size in px for thumbnail width (height is same); or set in format WIDTHxHEIGHT (example 220x123); or set predefined custom image size (thumbnail, small, medium, large, full or cusotm defined)

Since version 1.4.0 you can use template to display custom formatted output (post line element). Example:

<h3><a href="%link%">%title_short%</a></h3>
<span class="comments-meta">(<a href="%comments_link%">%comments_num% comments</a>)</span>
<span class="date-meta">%date% @ %time%</span>
<span class="author-meta"><a href="%author_posts_url%">%author_displayname%</a></span>
%excerpt% <a href="%link%">[read more]</a>

Supported macros:

  • %title%
  • %title_short%
  • %post_content%
  • %excerpt%
  • %thumbnail%
  • %link%
  • %comments_num%
  • %comments_link%
  • %comments_form_link%
  • %datetime%
  • %date%
  • %time%
  • %author_displayname%
  • %author_firstname%
  • %author_lastname%
  • %author_posts_url%