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For most of Thesis’ life, it has contained a wonderfully flexible function,
thesis_widget_recent_posts(), which allowed the display of recent posts from defined categories in the sidebar. However, this has never been a true widget and, restricted to widgets, most people only ever use WordPress’ built-in “Recent Posts” widget.
With Thesis 1.4, we aim to make the display of recent posts much more flexible with the aptly named Killer Recent Entries widget. And yes, this is a real widget that you can add or remove right from your Widgets panel.
The widget’s options allow you to title the widget, choose whether to only show posts from a certain category, select how many posts to list, and choose whether or not to display how many comments the post has.
And unlike most widgets, Killer Recent Entries is a true multi-use widget — you can add as many instances of the widget as you’d like to your sidebars.
I know we’re all excited about the new homepage/feature controls being introduced in 1.4, but I didn’t want you all to miss out on this great new feature!