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How to Display the Latest Sticky Posts in WordPress

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How to Display the Latest Sticky Posts in WordPress

WordPress has this very cool feature called sticky posts. Think of sticky posts as featured posts for your blog. When you mark a post as sticky, it shows up above your new posts, but only if your theme permits it. In this tutorial we will show you how to display the latest sticky posts in WordPress.

Latest Sticky Posts Demo

Note: This is an intermediate level tutorial and requires basic HTML / CSS knowledge + WordPress themes knowledge.

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.

First thing you need to do is copy and paste this code snippet in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

function wpb_latest_sticky() { 

/* Get all sticky posts */
$sticky = get_option( 'sticky_posts' );

/* Sort the stickies with the newest ones at the top */
rsort( $sticky );

/* Get the 5 newest stickies (change 5 for a different number) */
$sticky = array_slice( $sticky, 0, 5 );

/* Query sticky posts */
$the_query = new WP_Query( array( 'post__in' => $sticky, 'ignore_sticky_posts' => 1 ) );
// The Loop
if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
	$return .= '<ul>';
	while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
		$return .= '<li><a href="' .get_permalink(). '" title="'  . get_the_title() . '">' . get_the_title() . '</a><br />' . get_the_excerpt(). '</li>';
	$return .= '</ul>';
} else {
	// no posts found
/* Restore original Post Data */

return $return; 

add_shortcode('latest_stickies', 'wpb_latest_sticky');

The code above queries the WordPress database to retrieve the 5 latest sticky posts. It then displays each sticky post’s title with a link in a list format. We have wrapped all that in a function and created a shortcode.

Now to display your latest sticky posts, you can use the shortcode [latest_stickies] in any WordPress post, page, or even a text widget.

If you would like to use shortcodes inside a text widget, then you will need to add this extra line of code in your theme’s functions.php or site-specific plugin.

add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

This snippet and function can very well be used in featured slider, or any other advanced feature that you would like to display on your site. This snippet is mostly geared toward a WordPress site that has a custom homepage or a magazine style look.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you display latest sticky posts on your WordPress blog. You may also want to checkout our tutorial on how to add an expiration date to sticky posts in WordPress.

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  1. richard says:


    Thank you for your code. However i try to achieve something and i have 2 issues.

    I want to display only one sticky post on my home page and only the youtube video present on the content.

    ACtually i display the title and all the content of a post (include texts, pictures and videos).
    Second problem is that it display youtube as a link and not embed directly the video into my homepage.

    Thank you for your help

  2. Raviraj says:


    I have tried out with the code, It works fine when at least 1 post has been assigned as sticky post else when none of the posts are assigned a sticky, then it will display all latest 5 posts.

    So would be the condition to display only sticky posts, if there are no sticky posts assigned then It should not display anything.

    Thanks in advance

  3. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. We have updated the code.

  4. AnastisSourgoutsidis says:

    ‘caller_get_posts’ has been replaced by ‘ignore_sticky_posts’ since v3.1 so I think its important to change your code to reflect that.
    Also, a) $post->ID is not needed in this instance of get_permalink() as you’ve setup the post data by calling $the_query->the_post(), and if for whatever reason you still want to include $post->ID, you should be global-ing it, i.e. global $post;

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