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”

@Lealcy B. Junior: let’s try this:
edit the file stats.php, in the Stats Plugin folder, and change line 543:

if ( !$stats_cache = get_option( 'stats_cache' ) )
  $stats_cache = array();


$stats_cache = get_option( 'stats_cache' );
if ( !$stats_cache || !is_array( $stats_cache ) )
  $stats_cache = array(); 

and re-upload your stats plugin.

This could be a workaround; however if your blog receives many visits this could use some bandwidth (if your cache doesn’t work, it makes a requests to servers, on each visit).

This is a really great plugin – thanks!

Any idea when you might update it to be able to exclude pages? I want to show only popular posts without pages being shown also…..for example, my “Home” page always shows up… :)

Thank you!

Nice plugin. It works great.
This is a great option if you have WP-Cache installed and wanted functionally like WP-PostViews.

But one thing I’m missing, is to show the views for posts by category. How can I do that ?

frasten you should let people donate more than just the price of a cup of coffee – I wanted to send you more but it wouldn’t let me change the amount – I’ll come by in another day or so and buy you another cup!

Thank you! :-P I really appreciated your donation, I’ll keep on working on these plugins!
And I edited the link for the donations, thank you for reporting.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant – well done. Exactly what I wanted. I’ll be winging you some cash on Paypal when I get five mins to sort. Top man.

I tried to get this plugin to work but whenever I go to add it in the widget section it just dissapears after I click “Add”. I have not upgraded to wordpress 2.5.1 yet is that needed to get it to work?