I would like to get a list of the posts published in WP in every category with the published date and the last modified date.

I've tried to achieve this result through a Plugin but it's completely not mature. So I am also ready to write some code.

I've googled and found this link wp_get_recent_posts

<?php $args = array(
    'numberposts' => 10,
    'offset' => 0,
    'category' => 0,
    'orderby' => 'post_date',
    'order' => 'DESC',
    'include' => ,
    'exclude' => ,
    'meta_key' => ,
    'meta_value' =>,
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'post_status' => 'draft, publish, future, pending, private',
    'suppress_filters' => true );

    $recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args, ARRAY_A );

But a big question is where can I put this code and how to get the date? Should I create a micro plugin?

  • 1
    Do you mean, you like posts, status draft about all categories in a time window of his published date? Or you will get the published and modified date from the post, after you have the post. At first you get a list of post, then have each post this data. You get this via additional function.
    – bueltge
    Apr 2, 2015 at 8:02
  • @bueltge: and which is the name of the additional function?
    – Revious
    Apr 2, 2015 at 8:25
  • See the answer much more whitespace for a solid return.
    – bueltge
    Apr 6, 2015 at 12:30

1 Answer 1


Which wp_get_recent_posts()do you retrieve the most recent posts. For meta data, like published date and modified date use additional functions.

For the published date is the_date() helpful.

For the modified date use the_modified_date().

The functions are a part of the Template Tags, useful for Theme and direct output. But she have also parameters to get the values for custom echo.

A small example:

<h2>Recent Posts</h2>
    $args = array( 'numberposts' => '5' );
    $recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args );

    foreach( $recent_posts as $recent ){

        echo '<li><a href="' . get_permalink($recent["ID"]) 
             . '">' .   $recent["post_title"] 
             . '</a> Published on ' 
             . the_date( $echo = FALSE ) 
             . ', Modified on ' 
             . the_modified_date( $echo = FALSE ) 
             . '</li> ';

The example is not ready to use, especially translation ready. Enhance with the i18n functions from WordPress to create a solid, translatable and sanitized result with the helper functions for this topic, like esc_attr_e(), esc_attr__() and printf().

If you don't like to use the parameters on the functions, more short. Then use the functions, there was used inside the Template Tags - get_the_modified_date() and get_the_date().

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