WordPress.com Popular Posts

IMPORTANT: due to my job, I’m now too busy to maintain my plugins.

This plugin has been abandoned!

If you are a developer and would like to fork, feel free to do so (under the GPLv3 license). No need to contact me.

WordPress.com Popular Posts integrates with WordPress.com Stats plugin, providing a widget to show the most viewed posts.


  • From v2.0.0, WordPress 2.8 is required. If you are using an older version of WordPress, use v1.3.5 of this plugin.
  • Install WordPress.com Stats plugin (required at least v1.2!!!)
  • Download WordPress.com Popular Posts
  • Extract the files in the .zip archive, and upload them (including subfolders) to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  • Place the widget where you like in your sidebars
  • Enjoy!

Themes Integration

If your theme supports widgets, you can place the widget named ‘Popular Posts’ where you want.

If it doesn’t, put this code inside the file sidebar.php, in your theme files:

<?php if (function_exists('WPPP_show_popular_posts')) WPPP_show_popular_posts(); ?>

Optionally you can add some parameters to the function, in this format:

name=value&name=value etc.

Possible names are:

  • title (title of the widget, you can add tags (e.g. <h3>Popular Posts</h3>) default: Popular Posts)
  • number (number of links shown, default: 5)
  • days (length of the time frame of the stats, default 0, i.e. infinite)
  • show (what you want to show; it can be: both, posts, pages; default is both)
  • format(the format of the links shown, default:
    <a href='%post_permalink%' title='%post_title%'>%post_title%</a>


  • excerpt_length (the length of the excerpt, if %post_excerpt% is used in the format)
  • title_length (the length of the title links, default 0, i.e. unlimited)
  • exclude (the list of post/page IDs to exclude, separated by commas. Read the FAQ for instructions)
  • cutoff (don’t show posts/pages with a view count under this number, default 0, i.e. unlimited)
  • list_tag (can be: ul, ol, none, default ul)
  • category (the ID of the category, see the FAQ for info. Default 0, i.e. all categories)
  • cachename (it is used to enable the cache. Please read the FAQ).

You can use these special markers in the format value:

  • %post_permalink% the link to the post
  • %post_title% the title the post
  • %post_title_attribute%the title of the post; use this in attributes, e.g.
    <a title='%post_title_attribute%'...
  • %post_views% number of views
  • %post_excerpt% the first n characters of the content. Set n in the widget options.
  • %post_category% the category of the post

If you want to show the widget without any title, the 3 most viewed articles, in the last week, and in this format: My Article (123 views) you will use this:

<?php WPPP_show_popular_posts( "title=&number=3&days=7&format=<a href='%post_permalink%' title='%post_title_attribute%'>%post_title% (%post_views% views)</a>" );?>

If you want to include the list in a particular page or post, you can use shortcodes. Please read the FAQ for further info.


Please read other updated FAQ here.


You can read the whole changelog on the project page.


Download latest version of WordPress.com Popular Posts
for WordPress 2.8+

or v1.3.5 for WordPress < 2.8


WordPress.com Popular Posts is released under a GPL v3 license.

This plugin required many hours of development. If you like this plugin, then buy me a coffee!

  • #1 scritto da jejaktrend
    circa 2 anni fa

    I’m following these step one by one.. will contact u personally if I fail.. :-*

  • #2 scritto da Jen
    circa 2 anni fa

    This plugin doesn’t appear to be working for me and I’m wondering if it’s because the WordPress.com Stats plugin has been replaced by the Jetpack stats?

  • #3 scritto da lucian
    circa 2 anni fa

    very very great plugin ! most popular posts! it is accordingly with my taste…very customizable, i like that i can change the size of icons ! Great job man..i came here only to thank you !

  • #4 scritto da NBR
    circa 2 anni fa

    After installing jetpack, it stopted working.

  • #5 scritto da Paulo Pires
    circa 2 anni fa

    Very nice plugin. More documentation needed please.

  • #6 scritto da Jeremy
    circa 2 anni fa

    I’ve been using this for a while, and it just stopped working the other day (pretty sure after I upgraded to WP 3.4.2). Any chance you’ll update it to work?

    • #7 scritto da frasten
      circa 2 anni fa

      Hi, please go to:

      Can you see your stats?
      For example, my plugin isn’t working for my site too, but I cannot see my stats from the Jetpack plugin page.
      So it seems to be an issue on their side!

      Please let me know!

    • #8 scritto da frasten
      circa 2 anni fa

      Note: when updating to Jetpack v1.8.1, my plugin was fixed for me.

  • #9 scritto da frasten
    circa 2 anni fa
    IMPORTANT: due to my job, I’m now too busy to maintain my plugins.

    This plugin has been abandoned!

    If you are a developer and would like to fork, feel free to do so (under the GPLv3 license). No need to contact me.

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