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“Do you want to add a featured posts section in the sidebar of your WordPress website?

Displaying your top content as featured posts in the sidebar can help you drive more traffic to your pillar articles.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily display featured posts in WordPress sidebar using multiple methods.

Why Add Featured Posts in WordPress Sidebar?

Sidebars are the non-content area of your website. Most users utilize this space by adding a email newsletter form, social media buttons, and / or displaying banner ads.

Another way you can utilize the sidebar is by displaying your top articles as featured posts. This helps you get more traffic to those articles, and you users are able to discover your best content without looking for it.

Here is how we feature our top articles on WPBeginner. This sidebar widget appears on all pages of our website.”

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Done For You Blog Says: I’ve always liked Recent Posts Widget Extended for adding featured posts to my sidebars, but it appears the developer is not keeping it up to date. It still works on my sites, but I’ll probably need to look for a replacement. Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails looks like a good one, with over 200,000 installations. Either way, having a list of your recent posts in your sidebar is a convenient feature for your visitors.