How to display latest posts from a single category in WordPress

How to display latest posts from a specific category without a plugin in WordPress

I’ve just made an addition to my side bar that displays all of the latest items added to my SEO jobs category. It’s a few, simple lines of code and doesn’t nessecary warrant an entire plugin! Here’s how to do it – just insert the code below, and change the category=1 argument to the category number of your choice:

global $post;
$myposts = get_posts('numberposts=5&offset=1&category=1');
foreach($myposts as $post) :
<li><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
<?php endforeach; ?>

The problem I’m trying to solve is why this job is not displaying on the list even though it’s in the same category as all the others. Any ideas? :-)

I’m off to play with Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex now. expect a report, soon!


  1. arjay

    I have worked on sites before using the loop and coding this action myself, but your code is terrific and so easy.

    I am building a widgetized sidebar for a customer using your code in the text-widgets, press releases, updates and more. Thanks so much!

  2. Ron

    I am trying to do a similar thing but not in the sidebar. I would like to display one category when a user initially logs onto the site and whenever the user clicks on the blog menu tab. I also have a list of categories in the sidebar that a user can click to retrieve any of the other categories.
    Can you suggest code or a plugin that would work for this?


  3. Daniel

    Works like a charm, even for someone who is no php expert. Is there anyway to add sorting functionality on the posts that it pulls through?

  4. Ron

    Figured this out for anyone who is interested.

    Just add the following line

    before your loop starts (line below) in index.php in your theme. Be sure to change catname to the actually category number you would like to display.

  5. Ron

    the line to add is
    php query_posts($query_string . ‘&cat=catname’);


    php if (have_posts()) :

    be sure to add the before the above statement and change the catname to the category for display.

  6. Daniel

    Another question. How can i use custom fields to insert the category={insert category number}? I want to be able to use custom fields to determine which category posts to display on the page.