Latest Post Shortcode


The “Latest Post Shortcode” helps you display a list or grid of the posts or pages in a page/sidebar, without having to code or know PHP. The output parameters are extremely flexible, allowing you to choose the way your selected content will be displayed. You can embed as many shortcodes in a page as you need, each shortcode configured differently. The shortcode for displaying the latest posts is [latest-selected-content] and can be generated very easily, the plugin will add a block or a shortcode button in the editor area.

You can write your own “read more” replacement, choose whether to show/hide featured images, you can even sort the items by several options, and paginate the output (also AJAX pagination). This plugin works with any modern theme. When used with WordPress >= 5.0 + Gutenberg, the plugin shortcode can be configured from the LPS block or any Classic block, using the plugin button. The plugin can be used with Elementor page builder.


Usage example

Example of a simple grid with 4 cards per row, with AJAX pagination:
[latest-selected-content ver=”2″ perpage=”4″ showpages=”4″ display=”title,date,excerpt-small” titletag=”h3″ chrlimit=”120″ more=”…” url=”yes” linktext=”Read more” image=”thumbnail” image_placeholder=”auto” elements=”25″ image_opacity=”0.3″ css=”four-columns as-overlay content-end pagination-space-between light tall” type=”post” status=”publish” orderby=”dateD” show_extra=”ajax_pagination,pagination_all,trim,date_diff,category,hide_uncategorized_category,oneterm_category,light_spinner”]

Example of a simple grid with 4 cards (2 per row), filtered by a category (sample term):
[latest-selected-content ver=”2″ limit=”4″ display=”title,content-small” titletag=”h3″ chrlimit=”50″ image=”full” image_placeholder=”auto” elements=”0″ css=”two-columns as-column has-shadow content-center” type=”post” taxonomy=”category” term=”sample” orderby=”dateA”]

Starting with version 8.0.0, the plugin has a new UI and some new cool features. With this version, the output of the shortcode can be configured also as a slider, with responsive and different modes options. In this way, if you previously used the Latest Post Shortcode Extension, this is no longer needed, the plugin handles it all by itself.

Starting with version 7.0.0, the plugin implements new hooks that allow for defining and managing your custom output, through your theme or your plugins. Check more hook details and code samples at


  • Custom cards output filters: lps/override_card_patterns, lps/override_card, lps/override_card_terms, lps/override_post_class, lps/override_card_display, lps/override_section_start, lps/override_section_end

  • Pagination filters: lps/override_pagination_display/first, lps/override_pagination_display/first_icon, lps/override_pagination_display/prev, lps/override_pagination_display/prev_icon, lps/override_pagination_display/next, lps/override_pagination_display/next_icon, lps/override_pagination_display/last, lps/override_pagination_display/last_icon

  • Additional filters: lps/filter_sites_list, lps/card_output_types, lps/remove_donate_info, lps/load_assets_on_page, lps/exclude_ids, lps/shortcode_arguments, lps/query_arguments

  • Marked as deprecated: lps_filter_tile_patterns, lps_filter_display_posts_list, lps_filter_remove_update_info, lps_filter_use_custom_section_markup_end, lps_filter_use_custom_section_markup_start, lps_filter_use_custom_tile_markup, lps_filter_exclude_previous_content_ids, lps_filter_use_custom_shortcode_arguments, lps_filter_use_custom_query_arguments


  • Example of horizontal cards (info + image) with prev/next pagination.
  • Example of 3 columns grid of overlay cards.
  • Example of 3 columns grid of vertical cards.
  • Example of 2 columns grid of horizontal cards (image + info).
  • Example of horizontal cards (image + info) as an inline scroller.
  • Example of slider with center mode.


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Latest Post Shortcode


How to use the block

You can use the LPS block in page/post content, in templates, and also in widgets area. Click in the editor and type /lps, or /latest, or /card. In the list of results you can see Overlay Cards, Vertical Cards, and Horizontal Cards. Just pick one as a starting point, any of the initial variations you select can be configured later as you need.

Where can I find the button for configuring the shortcode

The button for configuring the shortcode is displayed as an icon or as the LPS button, depending on the mode you use when adding/updating content (the posts, pages, widgets, etc.):

  • in the Visual mode of the editor, the button appears in the toolbar as an icon
  • in the Text mode of the editor, the button appears in the toolbar as the LPS button

The button for the shortcode configurator can be used:

  • on adding/editing posts, pages, text widgets
  • in the Classic block for Gutenberg
  • for version >= 8.7 the LPS widget is available in Elementor


December 25, 2023
Thanks for adding such a good plugin to this library – it offers great flexibility and has given me a real boost in getting started – is really good for a beginner like myself! A brilliant job done with this!
December 11, 2022
Many thanks to the DEvs for offering (and updating!) this super useful plugin! There were some issues, but Devs responded and fixed in a timely manner, and now it’s such an important aspect of our site once again. Def recommended!
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  • This is a major update, please keep a backup of your files before updating
  • Tested up to 6.6
  • Strip out possible quotation marks and quotation-like characters from the card content
  • Card accessibility enhancement
  • Auto placeholders optimization
  • Wrap the card text in element to ensure markup consistency for flex elements
  • Block updated to allow for additional blocks before the output of the cards (by default heading and paragraph)
  • Block updated to improve editor preview
  • Block changed to apiVersion 3 (this might produce warnings for the old blocks in the editor)
  • Slider style updates to fill the whole available area with the cards when center mode is enabled
  • Added the new option to enable the version 1 legacy styles (by default this asset is no longer loaded)
  • Removed the option to setup new instances with version 1
  • Assets refactoring and optimization
  • Compatibility updates for Elementor 3.22
  • Filtered out the font family and font face from the selectable post types
  • Fixed the warning when stripping all tags on an empty string