Custom Function

The function for fetching your most popular posts is called wp_most_popular_get_popular(). By calling this function, you’ll have your top posts returned to you. It accepts a number of arguments to determine what posts are to be returned.

Here are the arguments that you can pass in to it.

  • limit (integer)
    • The number of posts you would like to display i.e. 5
    • Default: 5
  • post_type (string) / (array)
    • The post type you would like to display
    • Example: post
    • Default: All post types
  • range (string)
    • What date range would you like to display popular posts as
    • Accepted: all_time, monthly, weekly, daily
    • Default: all_time

Those are the currently supported parameters by the function. Let’s look at an example of how to display the most recent popular posts in a unordered list.

<?php
global $post;

$posts = wp_most_popular_get_popular( array(
   'limit'     => 10,
   'post_type' => 'post',
   'range'     => 'all_time',
) );

echo '<ul>';

if ( count( $posts ) > 0 ):
   foreach ( $posts as $the_post ):
      setup_postdata( $the_post );
?>

   <li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" title="<?php echo esc_attr( get_the_title() ); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>

<?php
   endforeach;
endif;

echo '</ul>';

wp_reset_postdata();
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