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Nelio Featured Posts


With this WordPress plugin, you can define a set of featured posts easily.
These featured posts can be added to your theme wherever you want via a widget.

The plugin is extremely simple, fast, and reliable. Once you have selected the
featured posts, they are saved in a cache, so that the amount of database
queries is kept to the minimum.

Custom Templates
Version 2.0.0 let’s you define your own templates for displaying each related
post. Just create a directory named neliofp in your theme’s directory and
create the template you want to use such as, for instance,
template-name.php. When inserting the widget, specify that the template is
template-name and you’re ready to go!

Warning Remember to save your templates somewhere save before updating
your theme!

(In the directory template-examples you’ll find some examples).

Featured image by Abulic


  • Featured Posts Selection Set the list of featured posts from one single
  • Powered by a Widget Use the featured images wherever you want by simply
    adding a widget.
  • Customization You can tweak a few details of the featured post list, such
    as the section title or the number of words in the excerpt.

Featured On

Related Plugins by Nelio

Featured image by Abulic


  • Easy Settings Don’t get lost with thousand of options. Simply set the featured posts you want and you’re done. essentials and you’re done!
  • Widget Just place the widget wherever you want, as many times as you want.


April 3, 2018 1 reply
The easiest featured post plugin I’ve come across. It’s easy to setup, and the templating system was perfect for my needs. I would give this 5 stars except for some styling issues related to default styles from the plugin.
June 13, 2017 1 reply
Fiddly to use. No instructions, so I had to resort to trial and error to get it to work. Only appears on main sidebar, couldn’t place it on front page. Only shows post title, no preview/summary.
October 28, 2016 1 reply
I’ve tested several “featured posts” plugins and most of them use taxonomies; you need to edit the post to add or remove it from featured posts list, and with this action the last modified date of the post is updated as well, even if the content keeps unmodified. This was a serious issue for me, for SEO and for users: they see, in my opinion, a fake last modified date. I was thinking in building my own plugin using Options API, until I discovered Nelio Featured Posts, which use Options API to store the featured posts list. Thank you!!
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Exactly what I was looking for. Especially that it allows to have a custom template. Thank you!! THe only thing I (and hopefully others) could wish is to have a possibility of creating the lists of feature posts. So you’d have more flexibiliy to display one list at the frontpage and other somewhere else.
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Contributors & Developers

“Nelio Featured Posts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Nelio Featured Posts” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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2.2.4 (November 29, 2019)

  • Compatibility check with WordPress 5.3.

2.2.3 (June 6, 2018)

  • Fixed links to Nelio A/B Testing.
  • Added a few more strings to be internationalized.

2.2.2 (September 1, 2017)

  • Improved internationalization strings.
  • Escaped some strings.

2.2.1 (July 25, 2016)

  • Added i18n support.
  • Translated to Spanish and Catalan.

2.2.0 (Dec 14, 2015)

  • Improved behavior: you can now drag and drop items, so that you can sort
    featured posts as you please.
  • Fixed compatibility issue with WordPress 4.4 (Delete actions were not


  • New filter for selecting which posts are shown in the widget. The filter
    neliofp_get_featured_posts lets you select which posts will be shown on
    the front-end.


  • Use custom templates (on a per-widget basis) for rendering featured posts.


  • Improved script inclusion to prevent collisions with other plugins.
  • Referencing our A/B testing service for WordPress.


  • Tweaking CSS styles just to make sure that featured posts with featured
    images use a proper layout.


  • Bug fix: on previous versions of the plugin, saving the list of featured
    posts for the first time did not work (but, after that first attemp, save
    function worked properly). Now, this does no longer occurs and featured posts
    are properly saved always.


  • When adding a new featured post, you can now add it in the beginning or in
    the end of your list of featured posts.


  • First release.
  • Define a set of featured posts and show them to your visitors.