Favorite Posts Widget for WordPress

One of the things I wanted to include in the blog redesign was a “Favorite Posts” area in the sidebar. I feel like we’ve done a lot of DIY projects and recipes that tend to get lost otherwise, and showcasing the ones we like best is a good idea to make them shine a little bit more.

I was so sure there would already exist a plugin out there that would have what I was looking for… that is, an easy way to mark my favorites and display them with thumbnails, as a grid, in the sidebar. Bonus if I could had several widgets, one for each category. And extra points if I could link the widget title to another page (e.g. the category archive page or the complete projects page in this case).

widget_in_use

I quickly realized there was no plugin that could do all the things I wanted. So I decided to create my own. And today I’m sharing it with you. You can download it and use it on your blog if you want. Check out how it works on the sidebar to your right – you might have to scroll down – I have one called “Best DIY projects” displaying favorite home-improvement posts and another one with “Our favorite recipes”.

Here’s what the widget looks on the WordPress back-end:

widget_backend

Check out this page for more info on how to install it and how to make it work. I hope you like it, and if you have any questions, let me know.

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Favorite Posts Widget for WordPress

  1. Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    I think it is such a great idea to show case your diy projects. I just made a couple of pages like that myself. Still need to do a diy too. I don’t use Word press (I use Web by Pixel content management system), but I know that most do, so they will love this gem of information :) Now I just have to tour your diy projects – again :)

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      I’m so sorry, I have no idea how Blogger works :(
      I started blogging back in 2007 in Spanish with a basic WP account and have used WP since…

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      I’m happy to hear you like it! It’s a very simple plugin though, maybe with time I’ll add more features.

  2. Jennifer @ Delicieux

    What a great plugin! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’m having a problem with styling the widget though. I’ve used your custom css but my images are appearing full size, 300px by 300px. I’d like to have two images in a row, the same as yours. Any ideas on how I can fix this? Here’s a link to where I’ve installed the widget (I haven’t put it on any other pages yet given the styling issues) http://www.ledelicieux.com/links/.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Hey Jennifer, sorry for the delay! Could you let me know what theme you’re using and if you have a especial plugin that resizes thumbnail images? You can shoot me an e-mail at ainhoa dot vega at gmail dot com if you prefer to talk over e-mail.

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