How to Create Recent Posts with Thumbnails in WordPress

There are some plugins for Recent post but i love the coding way.Just paste this code in your side bar.

<h3><?php _e( 'Recent Posts' ); ?></h3>

<?php
$the_query = new WP_Query('showposts=5&orderby=post_date&order=desc');
while ($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post();
?>

<div class="latest_post">

<div class="image_holder" >
<?php the_post_thumbnail(array(50,50), array ('class' => 'alignleft')); ?>
</div><!--#image_holder-->

<div class="recent_description">
<h4><a title="<?php the_title(); ?>" href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php echo get_the_date('m/d/y'); ?> - <?php the_title(); ?></a></h4>

<?php the_excerpt(); ?>

  </div><!--#recent_description-->
</div><!--#latest_post-->

<?php endwhile; ?>

<?php wp_reset_query(); ?>?

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Add Adsence in your Thesis theme sidebar

This is a really easy to add Adsense into your Thesis blog sidebar without manually doing it or using a plugin.

Just put this code in your custom_functions.php

function adsence_code() {  ?>
<div id="adsence">
//your adsence code is here
</div>
<?php }

add_action('thesis_hook_after_multimedia_box', 'adsence_code');

Create a popular post widget without plugin

In one of my wordpress project i need to create a wordpress popular post widget.Now i am giving the code to you.This code will show a list of most commented post without using a plugin.See the php code below.

 <?php
 // POPULAR POST WIDGET
 class show_popular extends WP_Widget {

function show_popular() {
 $widget_ops = array('classname' => 'show_popular', 'description' => __('Show your popular posts.'));
 $this->WP_Widget('show_popular', __('Wpgreen - Popular Posts'), $widget_ops, $control_ops);
 }

function widget($args, $instance){
 extract($args);

//$options = get_option('custom_recent');
 $title = $instance['title'];
 $postscount = $instance['posts'];

//GET the posts
 global $postcount;

$myposts = get_posts(array('orderby' => 'comment_count','numberposts' =>$postscount));

echo $before_widget . $before_title . $title . $after_title;

//SHOW the posts
 foreach($myposts as $post){
 setup_postdata($post);

?>

<h4><?php the_title(); ?></h4>
 <p>
 <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php echo  substr(strip_tags($post->post_content), 0, 80);  ?>...</a></p>
 <?php
 }
 echo $after_widget;
 }

function update($newInstance, $oldInstance){
 $instance = $oldInstance;
 $instance['title'] = strip_tags($newInstance['title']);
 $instance['posts'] = $newInstance['posts'];

return $instance;
 }

function form($instance){
 echo '<p style="text-align:right;"><label  for="'.$this->get_field_id('title').'">' . __('Title:') . '  <input style="width: 200px;" id="'.$this->get_field_id('title').'"  name="'.$this->get_field_name('title').'" type="text"  value="'.$instance['title'].'" /></label></p>';

echo '<p style="text-align:right;"><label  for="'.$this->get_field_id('posts').'">' . __('Number of Posts:',  'widgets') . ' <input style="width: 50px;"  id="'.$this->get_field_id('posts').'"  name="'.$this->get_field_name('posts').'" type="text"  value="'.$instance['posts'].'" /></label></p>';

echo '<input type="hidden" id="custom_recent" name="custom_recent" value="1" />';
 }
 }

add_action('widgets_init', create_function('', 'return register_widget("show_popular");'));
 ?>

Just copy the above code and paste it to the function.php of your theme file.If your theme doesn’t have function.php then create one.

After placing the code in your theme.Please click on the widget tab and you will see your popular post widget.You can give custom title and number of post to display.

Happy hacking!