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The Recent Posts widget displays the most recent posts you have published.  It makes it easier for readers to see what’s new on your blog.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s added to a blog sidebar:

Recent posts widget

Settings

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

Recent posts widget settings

  • Title:  Allows you to add your own custom title.  For example, Latest News.
  • Number of posts to show:  Controls the number of posts displayed.
  • Display post date?:  When selected the publish date of the post is displayed.