How to Display Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar?

This is a tutorial to display featured posts in the GeneratePress sidebar. In this tutorial, you’ll learn the following stuff.

  • Show selected posts in GeneratePress Theme’s sidebar
  • Use of WP Show Posts Plugin.
  • WordPress Tags.
  • To use widgets in GeneratePress
  • And many more…
Display Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar

I am using GeneratePress Premium Theme to implement this tutorial in my blog and the free version of GP Theme works too.

Why display featured posts in the Sidebar?

Most bloggers use the sidebar to show related posts and popular posts with images or without images. The post in the sidebar helps to decrease the bounce rate and increase the dwell time as visitors click and manage to read the post.

Bloggers can promote the affiliate products or articles using the featured posts in the sidebar or even in the footer. so, there are many benefits of using the sidebar to promote articles.

Also Read: Create Last Widget Sticky in GeneratePress Theme

Display Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar

Here we are going to use the WP Show Posts plugin to show featured posts the plugin is developed by Tom Usborne, the person behind GeneratePress Theme.

The final results:

Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar

So let’s get started

Adding Tags in the Post

I am using featured tags in 5-6 posts on my blog. You can see an example in the screenshot below.

Adding Featured Tags in GeneratePress Theme
  • Go to the posts which you want to feature in the sidebar.
  • Edit the posts and add featured tags.
  • Update the Posts.

Configuring WP Show Posts Plugin

I am using the WP Show Posts plugin to display related posts, show recent posts, etc in my WPLogout blog. This plugin comes in handy to display posts anywhere in WordPress using Shortcode.

So, let’s configure it to display featured posts in the GeneratePress Theme’s sidebar.

Post Section in WP Show Posts
  • Go to WP Show Posts > Add New.
  • Name the new list as Featured Posts.
  • Go to Posts Section > Post type as a postTaxonomy as a post_tag. Select the featured tag we created earlier. Post per page to 5 or 6.
  • Go to Columns section > Columns as 1. Columns gutter as default.
  • Leave the Images section blank (Uncheck Everything).
  • Next, go to Content section > Content type as None. Check Include titleTitle Elements as p. Leave all others as default.
  • Go to the Meta section> Uncheck all settings.
  • Go to More Settings> Leave it as default.
  • Hit the Publish button.

Adding Widget

The next step is to add the WP Show Posts widget in GeneratePress Theme. Here I am using the right sidebar to show featured posts so you can place this widget in the sidebar or anywhere available in the theme.

WP Show Posts Widget in GeneratePress
  • Go to Appearance > Widgets
  • Add WP Show Posts in the right sidebar.
  • Give a Title to the Widget.
  • Select Featured Posts from the dropdown.
  • Save it.

Now after completing the above steps, you can check your sidebar and you will be able to see the featured posts.

Try: Show Related Posts in GeneratePress Theme

Wrapping Up

I think this tutorial to display Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar helps you to promote the selected posts from your blog.

I have been using this trick to show some of my best blog posts, you can check the sidebar and if you have further ideas to implement the same kinds of things then please feel free to share in the comment box.

At last check out the Review of GeneratePress Theme to know more about it.


I am obsessed with WordPress and write articles about WordPress Speed Optimization, SEO, and Blogging. I mostly publish tutorials on GeneratePress, Astra, Kadence, and GenerateBlocks.

32 thoughts on “How to Display Featured Posts in GeneratePress Sidebar?”

    • Hi Subodh, You can add it easily, Go to your Featured Posts in WP Show Posts > Images > Enable Images and Sizes. It will work.
      Thank You.

  1. Hello Suraj, how to make widget tittle centered and only the “Blogging Resources” colored white? also how to add spacing line in featured posts widget?

    Thank you.

  2. Good idea, thank you. It worked awesome. It’d be cool to do a list too based on which group of articles gets most the most traffic, or something like that. Cheers.

    • Hi Syams,
      Recent posts refer to the new posts you have just written and featured posts are the select post (by you) which you want to display to the users.

    • Hi Syams,
      It’s from Marketer Demo – the text widget and Just using Colors from Customizer and using border-radius for buttons.

  3. Thanks for the amazing job.
    I did everything as you did but the background of the widget is blue, I tried to change it from customization- colors -widgets but it appears that the color of the first widget always stay blue, does not change, no matter any widget I use the color stay blue
    Do you have any idea on how to fix it

    • Hi Jiovani,
      I think you are using custom CSS for the first widget.
      Go to Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS and check it there.

  4. I did everything as you said, but my output is not like this. My featured post’s background is blue and its not boxed like you. Help me to fix it.

  5. Hello.
    My site is not showing the featured posts as intended.
    It is showing some excerpt on the right side bar.
    I did what you have done above.
    For some reason, it’s not working. Look at it please.

  6. Hello,
    I just want to know what theme you are using in this website? Its really cool. Please tell me under Generatepress premium theme, which one you have selected in site library?


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