In January this year, I wrote about how you could add some code to your sidebar to display a list of your upcoming posts (ones that are scheduled to post in the future). The intent is to whet the appetite of your readers so that they’ll subscribe to your RSS feed or your newsletter.
Well now I’ve taken it a step further and created a plugin which will do all of that for you. Writing a plugin was something I’d wanted to do for some time and since I already had a need for it, creating this widget seemed like a good starting point.
I’ve started out simple – there are just two options for the widget; how many upcoming posts to display and what the title of the sidebar widget should be.
The plugin is now available in the official WordPress plugin directory (download SOUP – Show Off Upcoming Posts) and I invite you to install it and provide feedback on any errors you encountered, or what you would like to see added to future versions.
There will be some tutorials coming in the near future which will touch on some of my experiences of creating a plugin and getting it on to the WordPress directory.
So, did you try it out? What did you like and not like? What would you like to see in future versions?