Top 10 WordPress Hacks

No 6. Post Loop in your theme

Using this code anywhere in your themes will pull the 5 most recent posts from a category named “Featured“. Alternatively, you can set the number of posts to be displayed to your liking and you can also change the category to be used. This can really help if you are looking to divert more visitors to other pages of your site.

Here is the code:

< ?php $my_query = new WP_Query(‘category_name=Featured&showposts=5’);

while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();

$do_not_duplicate = $post->ID; ?>


< ?php endwhile; ?>

No 5. Related posts

Using the following code will give you the option of displaying recent posts without using any additional plugin:

< ?php

$tags = wp_get_post_tags($post->ID);

if ($tags) {

$tag_ids = array();

foreach($tags as $individual_tag) $tag_ids[] = $individual_tag->term_id;


‘tag__in’ => $tag_ids,

‘post__not_in’ => array($post->ID),

‘showposts’=>5, // Number of related posts that will be shown.



$my_query = new wp_query($args);

if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {

echo ‘

<h3>Related Posts</h3>


while ($my_query->have_posts()) {



<li><a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” rel=”bookmark” title=”Permanent Link to < ?php the_title_attribute(); ?>”>< ?php the_title(); ?></a></li>

< ?php


echo ‘</ul>





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