Customize default recent posts widget in WordPress

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Written By geekerhub

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There come a recent posts widget in WordPress. To meet the UI of the active theme, some times we need to re-structure the Widget.

We can manage to do this with the plugin but for the small stuff, it is not advisable to use a plugin to load other unnecessary code.

I suggest to re-initiate the widgets to meet the requirement and below is the code snippet for the same.

Code snippet unregisters the default Recent Widget and registers a new Widget with a different structure. Keep below code snippet in your theme’s functions.php

 * Extend Recent Posts Widget 
 * Adds different formatting to the default WordPress Recent Posts Widget
Class GEEKER_Recent_Posts_Widget extends WP_Widget_Recent_Posts {

    function widget($args, $instance) {
        extract( $args );
        $title = apply_filters('widget_title', empty($instance['title']) ? __('Recent Posts') : $instance['title'], $instance, $this->id_base);
        if( empty( $instance['number'] ) || ! $number = absint( $instance['number'] ) )
            $number = 10;
        $r = new WP_Query( apply_filters( 'widget_posts_args', array( 'posts_per_page' => $number, 'no_found_rows' => true, 'post_status' => 'publish', 'ignore_sticky_posts' => true ) ) );
        if( $r->have_posts() ) :
            echo $before_widget;
            if( $title ) echo $before_title . $title . $after_title; ?>
                <?php while( $r->have_posts() ) : $r->the_post(); ?>                
                    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
                        if( !empty( $instance['show_date'] ) )
                            the_time( 'F j, Y .'); 
                    <?php echo do_shortcode('[wpbb post:terms_list taxonomy="category" separator=", "]'); ?>
                <?php endwhile; ?>
            echo $after_widget;

function geeker_recent_widget_registration() {

add_action('widgets_init', 'geeker_recent_widget_registration');

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