WordPress Latest Posts Page with Excerpts

WordPress Latest Posts Page or Latest News Page

Creating a WordPress latest posts page or news page with excerpts (Starting Snippets of your posts) in WordPress.

We will be creating the latest posts page by using a child theme based on the default Twenty Twelve theme, if you have not yet created a child theme then read this first.

If you are not using Twenty Twelve theme then the important part is to open another page template file and copy the top of the file up to and including the the first php closing tag for the header which on this file is the get_header(); ?>, it is important that you change the *  Template Name: in the top of your file to *  Template Name: Latest Posts

The first task is create a latest news page template, use the below code and copy it into a plain text editor like note pad or notepad++ which you can download from here.

You can now save this and name it, I have named mine latest.php,

You now upload this to your child theme in /wp-content/themes/ ‘your-child-theme-name’ /page-templates, once you have done this you need to go to create the page itself.

Latest News Page or Latest Post PageGo to Pages>Add New in your WordPress admin area, create a new page called Latest News or Latest Posts write a small piece about the page in the content area, now on the right hand side you will see under Page Attributes>Template use the drop down and select your new template Latest Posts.

That is it you can change the number of posts shown by altering the below number from 3 to what ever you like.

Reference material for get_posts also WP_Query.


If you want to add a read more link then click here.

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