1. Start
  2. What is Special Recent Posts?
  3. How SRP works
  4. Requirements
  5. Installation
  6. Configuration
  7. Using Shortcodes/PHP Code
  8. F.A.Q
  9. Support & Updates

Special Recent Posts

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What is Special Recent Posts?

Special Recent Posts PRO is a very powerful plugin/widget for WordPress which displays your recent posts with thumbnails.
It’s the perfect solution for online magazines or simple blogs and it comes with more than 60+ available customization options.
You can dynamically re-size thumbnails to any desired dimension, drag multiple widget instances and configure each one with specific settings.
The auto-generated PHP code/shortcodes help you to insert any widget instance in any part of your theme.

How Special Recent Posts works

Special Recent Posts basically retrieves a list of recent posts assigning a thumbnail to each entry. The thumbnail generation process is one of the key features that makes SRP “special”. The image re-size process is done completely on-the-fly and generated thumbnails are stored in a special cache folder for later display and less load on server.
For first, SRP tries to fetch a post featured image. If this exists, it's going to be displayed, otherwise the plugin will try to fetch the first image from the post content. If this last step fails too, a custom no-image thumbnail will be displayed.
If you're having troubles with thumbnail display, please read the F.A.Q

Note: Caching is mandatory. This means that if the cache folder doesn't exists or is unwritable, the whole plugin won't work.


In order for the SRP plugin to work, these settings are required:


Manual installation is easy and takes fewer than five minutes.


Basic Settings
These settings are available under the Settings->Special Recent Posts (PRO/FREE) Edition panel. This is the main place where global options apply to the whole plugin.
Widget Settings
This is the core of the Special Recent Posts (PRO/FREE) Edition plugin. Here you can configure quite everything about your recent posts.
The widget panel is divided into several sections, where each one take care of different settings.

Notes: In the plugin folder there is a configuration file called srp-config.php.

Using Shortcodes/PHP Code (PRO version only)

This is a great feature that lets users to insert the Special Recent Posts PRO Edition widget in all non-widget handled parts of their Wordpress theme.
Now you don't have to care anymore about manually building your own shortcode or PHP code, because everything is processed and done by the special “CODE GENERATOR” section in the widget panel.

Just follow these steps:


How do i edit the CSS?
The css is located at [SRP FOLDER]/css/css-front.css
Plugin shows no thumbnails.
This issue might be caused by several problems. Please check the following list:
Category/Post filtering isn't working
In order to properly filter posts by categories, you must provide a numeric value which is the Category ID. Every Wordpress category has an unique IDentification number, and this can be found doing the following steps:

NOTE: Please remember that this procedure is valid for the post filtering process too.

Support & Updates

Any support request must be pushed through the official Help Desk.
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