Next to the Category Column that we really needed and still use here and the Advanced Category Column that would better be called „enhanced“ and just is a version with more functionality of Category Column, now there is a fifth in the family: The Featured Category Widget.
Just like the Featured Post Widget, which is still in use here as well, and all it’s derivates it can put certain posts in the focus. But instead of choosing a post you choose a category from which the post should come. If you don’t want to use the post excerpt, you can use either the first sentences of the post or just a couple of words.
Then you can choose the number of posts to display and the offset (number of posts that don’t show in the beginning of the loop), ready.
As with all our plugins, we try to write them ‚afap‘ (as foolproof as possible). Should you still discover some mistakes or have some issues, just leave a comment.
The current Version of the Featured Category Widget is 1.7.
1.7 streamlined code and loads of new features added (alignment of thumbnails, possibility to show the date and more)
1.6 adjustments in the framework and some more customizing was asked
1.5 You can link the widget title to the displayed category now
1.4 Possibility to change the width of the thumbnail added; small bug fixed
1.3 Small bugfix in auto excerpt
1.2 Complete code overhaul;hooks into the Ads Easy Plugin if Google AdSense Tags are in use
1.1 Possibility to choose random posts
1.0 Initial release
Simply download the plugin here, unzip it and upload the folder ‚category-feature-widget‘ to the plugins-folder of your WP installation. Then activate the Featured Category Widget and start using it.