Last updated - 08/07/2016
Originally published - 07/22/2014

This plugin hasn’t been updated since 2014 and no longer functions as expected. If you’re a WordPress developer and would like to take over development of this plugin, shoot me an email

A few years ago, while running a baseball blog, I ran into a big issue – There were a lot of blog post tags being on the website, each blog post was tagged with 5-10 tags. After the website had been around for a while, we noticed topics that were immensely popular at the beginning of the season were no longer popular once September rolled around… But those popular tags were still being displayed in the “popular tags” lists.

I wanted to be able to select a number of tags to display and select a number of days to be considered as “recent.”

So, I came up with code to fix this problem. It worked like a charm. I added the code to the website, then the most popular 28 tags that were used over the last 14 days were proudly displayed wherever I added the code on the website.

Recent Popular Tags WordPress Plugin

It wasn’t until WordCamp Kansas City, after attending a session from Pippin WilliamsonPippin’s Plugins – titled “Developing Your Own Plugins” that I had the confidence to begin developing my own plugin. Sure, I’m great at building websites, WordPress themes and editing themes and plugins developed by others, but I didn’t have the confidence to develop my own plugin from scratch.

After WordCamp Kansas City, I was motivated and inspired. I came across Writing Your First WordPress Plugins, Basic to Advanced, by Pippin Williamson. While watching this video tutorial series, I began developing the Recent Popular Tags WordPress plugin.

I ran into a few snags along the way, but thanks to assistance from Steven Kohlmeyer, the Recent Popular Tags plugin has been completed and released into the WordPress repository!

How Recent Popular Tags WordPress Plugin Works

The administrator enters a heading for the display, sets the number of tags to display and sets the number of days that should be considered as recent.

  • By default, the plugin will display the heading and tags at the bottom of each blog post.
  • Shortcode [recent-popular-tags] can be used to display the heading and tags within any post, page or custom post type.
  • As well, the shortcode can be used in a “Text” widget to display the heading and tags in a siderbar.
  • Lastly, <?php if ( function_exists(‘rpt_display_content’) ) { echo do_shortcode(‘[recent-popular-posts]’)} ?> can be used to display the heading and tags anywhere you want in your theme template files.

Download Recent Popular Tags – This plugin hasn’t been updated since 2014 and no longer functions as expected. If you’re a WordPress developer and would like to take over development of this plugin, shoot me an email