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List Category Posts

The List Category Posts plugin lets you list post metadata (and optionally, its content) from a specified category. The content can be placed in pages or posts by using short codes, or into a sidebar by using the plugin’s widget.

Using short codes to list your category content on pages and posts

Use Case: You want to create a page or post with some text, and then create a dynamic list of recently published posts from a specific category on your site.

Solution: Create a page or post, add your text, then add a “catlist” short code, and minimally, provide the id of the category you want to list. To get your category’s ID, go to Posts>>Categories and click on the category you want to include. Get the numeric ID from the URL. Then simply key in the short code (see image, right) with the appropriate ID number.

The plug-in has many available settings, and they can be set in the short code using the “parameter = value” format. Follow this link to see all the available configurations possible.

Want to see an example of List Category Post? Follow this link.

Using the List Category Widget to list category content in the sidebar

After activating the List Category Posts plugin, go to Appearance>>Widgets. Find the plugin’s widget and drag it to the sidebar of your choice. Provide the category’s name (not its ID) from a convenient drop-down list, and play around with the settings. See the available configurations in the image on the right.

Category Posts

The Category Posts plugin creates a sidebar widget that displays the posts in one of your post categories. So for example, if you have posts that you’ve put into a “News” category, you can create a dynamic list of your recent “News” posts in your sidebar. You can decide whether to show just the titles of the posts, or to also show excerpts. You can control the order they appear, whether to show their thumbnails, and even decide how big the thumbnails should be. This is an easy to use plugin that can come in very handy.

Tags, Categories, and Clouds

WP-Cumulus Plugin

The WP-Cumulus plugin (shown in action, above) creates a 3D swirling cloud of your sites tags, categories, or both. The plugin’s cloud can be placed in your site’s sidebar by simply dragging its widget over to the place you want it, using the Appearance>>Widget option on your WordPress dashboard. Or you can place the Cumulus cloud on a page or post (as I have done, above), using the shortcode shown on the right. Just type it in on a separate line in your post. There are some size, speed and color configurations available, and explained, here.

This neat little plugin highlights the importance of tags and categories as discovery tools. WP-Cumulus is not for everyone, but as content on your site grows, it’s important to think about how tags, categories, and cloud tools (both 2D and 3D) can guide readers to your content.

Category and Tag Basics

WordPress “posts” can have categories and tags. WordPress “pages” can have tags (if you install a plugin like Page Tagger, which is available on the Commons), but they don’t typically have categories. Categories and tags are very similar, and it is sometime difficult to see the difference. Categories can be hierarchical, and are often used in the main navigation, or in a sidebar, using the “Category” widget. Tags are more likely to be seen in clouds, or at the bottom of a post. They take the reader to related content.


Most themes come with a cloud widget that accents or highlights popular tags or categories by enlarging the font. Clicking on an item in a cloud will produce a list of all pages and posts which match the tag or category. Typically, clouds may be set up to display a specific taxonomy: either tags or categories. (WP-Cumulus is nice in that it can display tags, categories, or both.) Most clouds are tag clouds.

Using Categories

Here is a quick review on how to use categories:

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