Let’s face it: WordPress’ default Recent Posts widget does the job as promised, but it’s not very flexible. Things like excluding certain entries from the list or displaying recent posts by category can’t be done with the stock Recent Posts widget. Therefore, let me introduce Recently.
Recently is a WordPress widget that displays your site’s most recent posts. And it doesn’t stop there:
= Main Features =
* **Thumbnails support!** (*see the [FAQ section](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/recently/faq/) for technical requirements*).
* **Use your own layout**! Control how your recent posts are shown on your theme.
* **Custom Post-type support**. Wanna show other stuff than just posts and pages?
* **Categories, tags, and custom taxonomies support!**
* **[WordPress Popular Posts](https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/)** / **[WP-PostViews](https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-postratings/)** / **[Top 10](https://wordpress.org/plugins/top-10/)** **support**: display the number of page views of your posts!
* **[WPML](https://wpml.org/) support**!
* **[WP-PostRatings](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-postratings/) support**. Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!
* **WordPress Multisite support**!