Categorie 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. Popular Posts integrates with 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 Stats plugin (required at least v1.2!!!)
  • Download 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 Popular Posts
for WordPress 2.8+

or v1.3.5 for WordPress < 2.8

License 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!

541 risposte su “ Popular Posts”

HELP! I love the idea of featuring popular posts in my sidebar, and I’ve installed that plugin. Now it looks like I need to install stats to make it work…is that correct?The instructions for word press stats ;-( have me baffled! Where do I find my plugin directory?

I think I need instructions for dummies!

Hi, you should now use JetPack, a new plugin from that included the old Stats plugin.
But don’t worry, here is a really easy step-by-step guide to make it work:

  1. Log into your admin page
  2. Click on Plugins on the left bar
  3. Click on Add new
  4. In the “search” input text, put “jetpack”, and hit “Search Plugins”
  5. The first result should be “Jetpack by”: click on “Install Now” below its name. (Confirm when asked)
  6. The plugin will be then installed: when finished click on Activate Plugin.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to activate JetPack.

    When you are finished, you can repeat the steps above to install Popular Posts, but search for “wordpress com popular posts” in the search field.

    Please let me know if you still have difficulties.

Good morning,

I have installed and active:
* WordPress 3.2.1
* Stats 1.8.5 (disabled, conflicts with jetpack)
* Popular Posts 2.5.2
* Jetpack by 1.1.3

When I view the page, I should have a “Popular Posts” section below “Recent Posts” (left sidebar on the right-hand side of the page). It is not there. When I check the page source I see a for it, but it’s empty.

This worked as expected before I installed jetpack yesterday, I could see the top 10 popular posts listed. Now it’s empty.

I’ve checked online and see a number of other people have run into this as well. What do I need to do to get my popular posts displayed again?

Thank you,

I didn’t say the first time around, but Popular Posts and Jetpack are both activated, and I do see a div element that looks like it should be the right one… but it’s empty.

Hi there. I’m trying to get the plugin to work with the PathedTab Plugin. I’ve got it installed and activated, but no posts are showing up. Do I need to do something else in order to get it to work? Thanks for your help and for providing this plugin!

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Great plugin.

I need to retrieve image thumbnails from post, i do this adding these lines in your code:

// %post_thumbnail% stuff
if ( FALSE !== strpos( $instance[‘format’], ‘%post_thumbnail%’ ) ) {
$arr_aux = wp_get_attachment_image_src(get_post_thumbnail_id($post[‘post_id’]));
$replace[‘%post_thumbnail%’] = $arr_aux[0];

if ( FALSE !== strpos( $instance[‘format’], ‘%AMP%’ ) ) {
$replace[‘%AMP%’] = ‘&’;


Last block is for to add ‘&’ to html output in format, %AMP%.

Thank you.