Out of the box, WordPress comes equipped with a recent posts widget for displaying your latest content in the sidebar and other widgetized areas of your website. However, the settings and controls on the default recent posts widget are pretty minimal. With only the ability to give the widget a title, set the number of posts to display, and the option of displaying the post date, there is isn’t much flexibility on offer.
However, installing your own recent posts plugin can give you a lot more control over how your recent posts are featured in the sidebar and other widgetized areas of your WordPress theme.
By upgrading the core recent posts widget you can display featured images, include custom post types, filter posts by category, or list other posts by the same author. If you are using Multisite, you can even display recent posts from other sites in your network.
If any of that sounds appealing, then one of the following WordPress recent posts plugins should allow you to display your latest content in a range of different ways, helping you drive more visitors to the other posts on your website.