The SB Popular Posts Tabbed Widget plugin is a lightweight, responsive, uncluttered widget to display popular posts, recent posts, and categories with tabs. It displays your popular posts (by comment number), most recent posts, and categories in a tabbed sidebar widget.
I created this plugin because I wanted a simple tabbed sidebar widget, and the other plugins I found that did this came bundled with bulky mega-plugins like Jetpack that were just overkill.
There are very few options with this plugin, which keeps it super simple and uncluttered. If you’d like to see other options, or have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment on this page.
1. Download the zip-archive and extract it into your computer.
2. Upload the entire sb-pop-posts-widget folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in your WordPress administration page.
Go to Appearance -> Widgets administration page and look for the widget named SB Popular Posts Tabbed Widget. Drag the widget into any widget area.
Number of posts to display: Set the number of posts and categories that will be displayed.
Display thumbnails: If checked, post thumbnails (featured images) are shown at 50px by 50px.
Display meta (date, comments): If checked, shows the number of comments, post date, and number of posts next to the post or category title.