This plugin List Category Posts has reached almost 400,000 downloads in less than 4-years (up to 28/03/2013 as I write this update), which is always a good sign of a valued plugin.
I have to say that the plugin works perfectly in a range of positions such as sidebars, within posts, etc., and personally I think it is a really great piece of work.
The programmer is Picando Código and according to its description the plugin provides pretty much everything that one could hope for:
- name - To display posts from a category using the category’s name
Ex: [catlist name=mycategory]
- id - To display posts from a category using the category’s id
Ex: [catlist id=24]
- orderby - To customize the order. Valid values are:
- author - Sort by the numeric author IDs
- category - Sort by the numeric category IDs
- content - Sort by content
- date - Sort by creation date
- modified - Sort by last modified date
- title - Sort by title
- order - How to sort orderby. Valid values are:
- ASC - Ascending (lowest to highest)
- DESC - Descending (highest to lowest)
Ex: [catlist name=mycategory orderby=title order=asc]
- numberposts - Number of posts to return. Set to 0 to use the max number of posts per page. Set to -1 to remove the limit. Default: 5
Ex: [catlist name=mycategory numberposts=10]
- date - Display post’s date next to the title. Default is ‘no’, use date=yes to activate it
- author - Display the post’s author next to the title. Default is ‘no’, use author=yes to activate it
- excerpt - Display the post’s excerpt. Default is ‘no’, use
- catlink – Show the link to the category. Use the template system to customize its display using the variable $cat_link_string. Default is ‘no’
Ex: [catlist catlink=yes]
- comments – Show comments count for each post. Default is ‘no’.
Ex: [catlist comments=yes]</li>
Sounds too good to be true, yes..?