Linkify Posts

Author: Scott Reilly
Version: 2.3.6
First released: 2010-08-28
Last update: 2021-04-29
Compatibility: WP 3.3 – 5.7.2
Download: [ zip ]

Turn a string, list, or array of post IDs and/or slugs into a list of links to those posts. Provides a widget and template tag.

Extended Description

The plugin provides a widget called “Linkify Posts” as well as a template tag, c2c_linkify_posts(), which allow you to easily specify posts to list and how to list them. Posts are specified by either ID or slug. See other parts of the documentation for example usage and capabilities.

Particularly handy when used in conjunction with the post custom field feature of WordPress. You could define a custom field for “Related Posts” or “Additional Products” and manually list out post IDs, then utilize the function provided by this plugin to display links to those posts in a custom manner.

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Template Tags

The plugin provides one template tag for use in your theme templates, functions.php, or plugins.


  • <?php c2c_linkify_posts($posts, $before = '', $after = '', $between = ', ', $before_last = '', $none = '') ?>
    Displays links to each of any number of posts specified via post IDs


  • $posts
    A single post ID/slug, or multiple post IDs/slugs defined via an array, or multiple posts IDs/slugs defined via a comma-separated and/or space-separated string

  • $before
    (optional) To appear before the entire post listing (if posts exist or if ‘none’ setting is specified)

  • $after
    (optional) To appear after the entire post listing (if posts exist or if ‘none’ setting is specified)

  • $between
    (optional) To appear between posts

  • $before_last
    (optional) To appear between the second-to-last and last element, if not specified, ‘between’ value is used

  • $none
    (optional) To appear when no posts have been found. If blank, then the entire function doesn’t display anything


  • These are all valid calls:

Though, for consistency and readability, you’d be better off sticking to specifying slugs or IDs (with a preference for the former, especially if using hardcoded values).

  • <?php c2c_linkify_posts("43 92"); ?>

Outputs something like:

<a href="">Some Post</a>,
<a href="">Another Post</a>
  • Assume that you have a custom field with a key of “Related Posts” that happens to have a value of “43 92” defined (and you’re in-the-loop).

    ID, ‘Related Posts’, true), “Related posts: “); ?>

Outputs something like:

Related posts: <a href="">Some Post</a>,
<a href="">Another Post</a>
  • <ul><?php c2c_linkify_posts("43, 92", "<li>", "</li>", "</li><li>"); ?></ul>

Outputs something like:

<ul><li><a href="">Some Post</a></li>
<li><a href="">Another Post</a></li></ul>
  • <?php c2c_linkify_posts(""); // Assume you passed an empty string as the first value ?>

Displays nothing.

  • <?php c2c_linkify_posts("", "", "", "", "", "No posts found."); // Assume you passed an empty string as the first value ?>


No posts found.<h3>Hooks</h3>

The plugin exposes one action for hooking.

c2c_linkify_posts (action)

The ‘c2c_linkify_posts’ hook allows you to use an alternative approach to safely invoke c2c_linkify_posts() in such a way that if the plugin were to be deactivated or deleted, then your calls to the function won’t cause errors in your site.


  • same as for c2c_linkify_posts()


Instead of:

<?php c2c_linkify_posts( "112, 176", 'Posts: ' ); ?>


<?php do_action( 'c2c_linkify_posts', "112, 176", 'Posts: ' ); ?>

Find out more at the plugin’s WordPress Plugin Repository page.


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  1. The plugin's widget configuration.

    The plugin’s widget configuration.


  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or download and unzip inside the plugins directory for your site (typically wp-content/plugins/)
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress
  3. Optional: Use the c2c_linkify_posts() template tag in one of your templates (be sure to pass it at least the first argument indicating what post IDs and/or slugs to linkify — the argument can be an array, a space-separate list, or a comma-separated list). Other optional arguments are available to customize the output.
  4. Optional: Use the “Linkify Posts” widget in one of the sidebar provided by your theme.

Release Log

2.3.6 (2021-04-28)

  • Change: Add textdomain for lone non-widget string
  • Change: Fix Markdown formatting for code examples in readme.txt
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.7+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2021)
  • New: Add a few more possible TODO items

2.3.5 (2020-08-17)

  • New: Add and move existing TODO list from top of main plugin file into it (and add another item)
  • Change: Restructure unit test file structure
    • New: Create new subdirectory phpunit/ to house all files related to unit testing
    • Change: Move bin/ to phpunit/bin/
    • Change: Move tests/bootstrap.php to phpunit/
    • Change: Move tests/ to phpunit/tests/
    • Change: Rename phpunit.xml to phpunit.xml.dist per best practices
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.5+

2.3.4 (2020-05-07)

  • Change: Use HTTPS for link to WP SVN repository in bin script for configuring unit tests
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.4+
  • Change: Update links to to be HTTPS
  • Change: Update examples in documentation to use a proper example URL

Copyright & Disclaimer

Copyright © 2010-2021 by Scott Reilly (aka coffee2code)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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Discussion / Support

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