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).
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:
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.