Display posts plugin options

Display Posts Shortcode

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Tags: shortcode, pages, posts, page, query, display, list
Requires at least: 3.0
Tested up to: 4.6.0
Stable tag: 2.7.0

Display a listing of posts using the [display-posts] shortcode

The Display Posts Shortcode was written to allow users to easily display listings of posts without knowing PHP or editing template files.

Add the shortcode in a post or page, and use the arguments to query based on tag, category, post type, and many other possibilities. You can also customize the output with parameters like: include_date, include_excerpt, and image_size.

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Upload display-posts-shortcode to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
Add the shortcode to a post or page.


Specify the post author
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts author=”bill”]

Specify the category slug, or comma separated list of category slugs
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts category=”fishing,hiking”]

Specify ‘true’ to display the categories the current post is in. Specify a taxonomy slug (e.g., ‘post_tag’) to list a different taxonomy
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts category_display=”true”]

If using category_display, specify the label that appears before the list of categories.
Default: “Posted in: ”
Example: [display-posts category_display=”true” category_label=”Categorized as: “]

Specify the class name used for the post content
Default: content
Example: [display-posts include_content=”true” content_class=”dps-listing-content”]

Specify the date format used when include_date is true. See Formatting Date and Time on the Codex for more information.
Default: ‘(n/j/Y)’
Example: [display-posts include_date=”true” date_format=”F j, Y”]

Specify a date to query for posts published that date. More info on Date Queries
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts date=”2014-09-07″]

Specify which date column to use for all date queries. More info on Date Queries
Default: post_date
Example: [display-posts date=”Yesterday” date_column=”post_modified_date”]

Specify the comparison operator used for all date queries. More info on Date Queries
Default: =
Example: [display-posts date=”-1 year” date_compare=”>”]

Specify the before argument for a date query. More info on Date Queries
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts date_query_before=”2015-12-31″ date_query_after=”2015-01-01″]

Specify the after argument for a date query. More info on Date Queries
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts date_query_before=”2015-12-31″ date_query_after=”2015-01-01″]

Specify the date column used for this query. More info on Date Queries
Default: post_date
Example: [display-posts date=”Yesterday” date_query_column=”post_modified_date”]

Specify the comparison operator used for this query. More info on Date Queries
Default: =
Example: [display-posts date=”-1 year” date_query_compare=”>”]

Specify the number of words used in an excerpt. More information
Default: empty (set by your theme)
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt=”true” excerpt_length=”20″]

Specify the more text that appears after the excerpt.
Default: empty (set by your theme)
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt=”true” excerpt_more=”…”]

Specify whether or not to link the excerpt_more text to the post
Default: false
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt=”true” excerpt_more=”Continue Reading” excerpt_more_link=”true”]

Specify whether or not to exclude the current post from the query
Default: false
Example: [display-posts exclude_current=”true” taxonomy=”category” tax_term=”current”]

Specify a specific post ID (or multiple post IDs) to display.
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts id=”9, 10″]

Specify whether or not to ignore sticky posts
Default: false
Example: [displa-posts ignore_sticky_posts=”true”]

Specify an image size for displaying the featured image, if the post has one. The image_size can be set to thumbnail, medium, large (all controlled from Settings > Reading), or a custom image size. See Image Alignment
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts image_size=”thumbnail”]

Specify whether or not to include the post’s author name.
Default: false
Example: [display-posts include_author=”true”]

Specify whether or not to include the full post content. Note that [display-posts] will be stripped out of the content to prevent infinite loops
Default: false
Example: [display-posts include_content=”true”]

Include the post’s date after the post title. The default format is (7/30/12), but this can be customized using the ‘date_format’ parameter.
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts include_date=”true”]

Include the post’s excerpt after the title (and date if provided).
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt=”true”]

Include the post’s title
Default: true
Example: [display-posts include_title=”false” image_size=”thumbnail”]

Specify a meta key, for meta queries or ordering
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts meta_key=”price” orderby=”meta_value_num” order=”ASC”]

Specify a meta value, for meta queries
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts meta_key=”color” meta_value=”blue”]

Specify a message to display if no posts are found
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts category=”on-sale” no_posts_message=”Sorry, no items are currently on sale”]

The number of posts to pass over
Default: 0
Example: [display-posts offset=”3″]

Specify whether posts are ordered in descending order (DESC) or ascending order (ASC).
Default: DESC
Example: [display-posts order=”ASC”]

Specify what the posts are ordered by. See the available parameters here.
Default: date
Example: [display-posts orderby=”title”]

Display the pages that are a child of a certain page. You can either specify an ID or ‘current’, which displays the children of the current page.
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts post_type=”page” post_parent=”8″]

Show posts associated with a certain post status
Default: publish
Example: [display-posts post_status=”publish, future”]

Specify which post type to use. You can use a default one (post or page), or a custom post type you’ve created.
Default: post
Example: [display-posts post_type=”event”]

How many posts to display.
Default: 10
Example: [display-posts posts_per_page=”5″]

Display posts from a specific tag, or tags. You must use the tag slug(ex: example-tag), not the tag’s name (ex: Example Tag).
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts tag=”tag1, tag2″]

taxonomy, tax_term, and tax_operator
Use these parameters to do advanced taxonomy queries. Use ‘taxonomy’ for the taxonomy you’d like to query, ‘tax_term’ for the term slug (or terms) you’d like to include, and ‘operator’ to change how the query uses those terms (most likely this field will not be needed). See Multiple Taxonomy Queries
Default: ‘taxonomy’ = empty , ‘tax_term’ = empty , ‘tax_operator’ = ‘IN’
Example: [display-posts taxonomy=”color” tax_term=”blue, green”]

Specify the time, to be used in a date query. More info on Date Queries
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts date=”Yesterday” time=”9:00am”]

Give the list of posts a title heading
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts title=”Recent Posts”]

What type of HTML should be used to display the listings. It can be an unordered list (ul), ordered list (ol), or divs (div) which you can then style yourself.
Default: ul
Example: [display-posts wrapper=”ol”]

Class applied to the wrapper tag for custom css formatting for this instance.
Default: display-posts-listing
Example: [display-posts wrapper=”div” wrapper_class=”my-grid-layout”]

Specify an unique ID to be used on the wrapper of this listing
Default: empty
Example: [display-posts category=”cars” wrapper_id=”cars-listing”]