Popular posts of Category wordpress

This WordPress plugin “Category Popular Posts” is to show category wise top popular posts in a widget. The widget has options to add a description, limit the number of posts, an option to show date or not, an option to show the author or not, and an option to show the featured image or not.

Installation:

  • Download from the above link and got to WordPress admin >> Plugins >> Add Plugin and upload the downloaded zip file “category-popular-posts.zip“.
  • Then go to Appearance >> Widgets >> Add the “Category wise Popular posts” widgets to the widgets places like in the sidebar.

Settings:

Enter title, if needed description, number of posts to show here in our example it is 6, choose an option Yes or no to show date, author and featured image, click save and done.

Category wise popular posts wordpress

Frontend view:

It displays popular posts of the category in the categories pages, and on the posts page, it displays the popular posts of the active post’s category posts.

frontend view category wise popular posts

CSS change:

You can make the CSS changes for the following CSS classes to match your theme design:

  1. .post-image: for the image
  2. .post-content: for the content
  3. For others just target as per your need.

The code is written as below:

<?php
/**
 * Plugin Name: Category Popular Posts
 * Description: Categories wise Popular Posts.
 * Plugin URI: https://webocreation.com
 * Author: Rupak Nepali
 * Author URI: https://webocreation.com
 * Version: 1.0
 * License: GPLv2 or later
 *
 */

// Adds widget: Categories Wise Popular Posts
class Categorywisepopularp_Widget extends WP_Widget
{
    public function __construct()
    {
        parent::__construct(
            'categorywisepopularp_widget',
            esc_html__('Category wise Popular posts', 'textdomain')
        );
    }
    private $widget_fields = array(
        array(
            'label' => 'Description',
            'id' => 'description_textarea',
            'type' => 'textarea',
        ),
        array(
            'label' => 'Limit',
            'id' => 'limit_number',
            'type' => 'number',
        ),
        array(
            'label' => 'Show date',
            'id' => 'showdate_select',
            'type' => 'select',
            'options' => array(
                'Yes',
                'No',
            ),
        ),
        array(
            'label' => 'Show Author',
            'id' => 'showauthor_select',
            'type' => 'select',
            'options' => array(
                'Yes',
                'No',
            ),
        ),
        array(
            'label' => 'Show featured image',
            'id' => 'showfeaturedima_select',
            'type' => 'select',
            'options' => array(
                'Yes',
                'No',
            ),
        ),
    );
    public function widget($args, $instance)
    {
        if (!isset($args['widget_id'])) {
            $args['widget_id'] = $this->id;
        }
        $title = (!empty($instance['title'])) ? $instance['title'] : __('Recent Posts');
        /** This filter is documented in wp-includes/widgets/class-wp-widget-pages.php */
        $title = apply_filters('widget_title', $title, $instance, $this->id_base);
        $number = (!empty($instance['limit_number'])) ? absint($instance['limit_number']) : 5;
        if (!$number) {
            $number = 5;
        }
        $show_date = isset($instance['showdate_select']) ? $instance['showdate_select'] : false;
        $r = new WP_Query(
            apply_filters(
                'widget_posts_args',
                array(
                    'meta_key' => 'post_views_count',
                    'cat' => get_query_var('cat'),
                    'orderby' => 'meta_value_num',
                    'posts_per_page' => $number,
                    'no_found_rows' => true,
                    'post_status' => 'publish',
                    'ignore_sticky_posts' => true,
                ),
                $instance
            )
        );
        if (!$r->have_posts()) {
            return;
        }
        echo $args['before_widget'];
        if ($title) {
            echo $args['before_title'] . $title . $args['after_title'];
        }
        echo '<p>' . $instance['description_textarea'] . '</p>';
        echo "<style>.post-image{ float:left; width:50%;}.post-content{float:right; width:50%;}</style>";
        echo '<ul>';
        foreach ($r->posts as $recent_post):
            $post_title = get_the_title($recent_post->ID);
            $p_title = (!empty($post_title)) ? $post_title : __('(no title)');
            echo "<li>";
            if ($instance['showfeaturedima_select'] == "Yes") {
                echo "<div class='post-image'><a href='" . esc_url(get_permalink($recent_post->ID)) . "' rel='bookmark'  title='" . $recent_post->post_title . "'><img class='category-popular-posts-image' src='" . get_the_post_thumbnail_url($recent_post->ID, 'thumbnail', 'full') . "' alt='" . $recent_post->post_title . "'></a></div>";
            }
            echo "<div class='post-content'><a href='" . esc_url(get_permalink($recent_post->ID)) . "' rel='bookmark' title='" . $recent_post->post_title . "'>" . $recent_post->post_title . "</a>";
            if ($instance['showauthor_select'] == "Yes") {
                echo "<br> - <a href='" . esc_url(get_author_posts_url($recent_post->post_author)) . "'>" .
                get_the_author_meta('display_name', $recent_post->post_author) . "</a>";
            }
            if ($instance['showdate_select'] == "Yes") {
                echo "<br><span class='post-date'>" . get_the_date('', $recent_post->ID) . "</span>";
            }
            echo "</div>";
            echo "<div style='clear:both;'></div>";
            echo "</li>";
        endforeach;
        echo "</ul>";
        echo $args['after_widget'];
    }
    public function field_generator($instance)
    {
        $output = '';
        foreach ($this->widget_fields as $widget_field) {
            $default = '';
            if (isset($widget_field['default'])) {
                $default = $widget_field['default'];
            }
            $widget_value = !empty($instance[$widget_field['id']]) ? $instance[$widget_field['id']] : esc_html__($default, 'textdomain');
            switch ($widget_field['type']) {
                case 'textarea':
                    $output .= '<p>';
                    $output .= '<label for="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '">' . esc_attr($widget_field['label'], 'textdomain') . ':</label> ';
                    $output .= '<textarea class="widefat" id="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '" name="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_name($widget_field['id'])) . '" rows="6" cols="6" value="' . esc_attr($widget_value) . '">' . $widget_value . '</textarea>';
                    $output .= '</p>';
                    break;
                case 'select':
                    $output .= '<p>';
                    $output .= '<label for="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '">' . esc_attr($widget_field['label'], 'textdomain') . ':</label> ';
                    $output .= '<select id="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '" name="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_name($widget_field['id'])) . '">';
                    foreach ($widget_field['options'] as $option) {
                        if ($widget_value == $option) {
                            $output .= '<option value="' . $option . '" selected>' . $option . '</option>';
                        } else {
                            $output .= '<option value="' . $option . '">' . $option . '</option>';
                        }
                    }
                    $output .= '</select>';
                    $output .= '</p>';
                    break;
                default:
                    $output .= '<p>';
                    $output .= '<label for="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '">' . esc_attr($widget_field['label'], 'textdomain') . ':</label> ';
                    $output .= '<input class="widefat" id="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_id($widget_field['id'])) . '" name="' . esc_attr($this->get_field_name($widget_field['id'])) . '" type="' . $widget_field['type'] . '" value="' . esc_attr($widget_value) . '">';
                    $output .= '</p>';
            }
        }
        echo $output;
    }
    public function form($instance)
    {
        $title = !empty($instance['title']) ? $instance['title'] : esc_html__('', 'textdomain');
        ?>
<p>
    <label
        for="<?php echo esc_attr($this->get_field_id('title')); ?>"><?php esc_attr_e('Title:', 'textdomain');?></label>
    <input class="widefat" id="<?php echo esc_attr($this->get_field_id('title')); ?>"
        name="<?php echo esc_attr($this->get_field_name('title')); ?>" type="text"
        value="<?php echo esc_attr($title); ?>">
</p>
<?php
$this->field_generator($instance);
    }
    public function update($new_instance, $old_instance)
    {
        $instance = array();
        $instance['title'] = (!empty($new_instance['title'])) ? strip_tags($new_instance['title']) : '';
        foreach ($this->widget_fields as $widget_field) {
            switch ($widget_field['type']) {
                default:
                    $instance[$widget_field['id']] = (!empty($new_instance[$widget_field['id']])) ? strip_tags($new_instance[$widget_field['id']]) : '';
            }
        }
        return $instance;
    }
}
function register_categorywisepopularp_widget()
{
    register_widget('Categorywisepopularp_Widget');
}
add_action('widgets_init', 'register_categorywisepopularp_widget');

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