List latest posts in WP-Admin

The question:

I run a multiple author site and I have created a plugin in wp-admin where authors can connect and collaborate with each other. To enhance it, I want to display a list of latest posts, this list should look like this:

Latest posts

As the picture shows, the list should contain the latest 10 posts with the Username, the post title linked and when it was posted (either how long ago or the exact time of post).

The HTML for this should be:

<table class="widefat">

            <thead><tr><th scope="col">User</th><th scope="col">Post</th><th scope="col">Time</th></tr></thead>
            <tfoot><tr><th scope="col">User</th><th scope="col">Post</th><th scope="col">Time</th></tr></tfoot>
                    <td title="Username">Username</td>
                    <td><a href="URL" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">Post title</a></td>
                    <td title="2012-11-07 16:16:37">8 hours ago</td>

How can I create a list like this? Note that this list will be used in wp-admin only.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

All you need is a table with class='widefat' and get_posts(). Then you run through the results (if there are any) and print the table rows.

Here is a very simple example as a dashboard widget. Note the lack of I18n – it is not ready to use!

 * Plugin Name: Last posts table
 * Plugin URI:

add_action( 'wp_dashboard_setup', 'wpse_71887_register_dashboard_widget' );

function wpse_71887_register_dashboard_widget()
        'Last Posts',

function wpse_71887_render_dashboard_widget()
    $header = '

    print "<table class='widefat'>

    // get 10 last private and published posts
    $posts = get_posts(
        array (
            'numberposts' => 10,
            'post_type'   => array ( 'post', 'page' )

    if ( ! $posts )
        print '<tr><td cols="3">No posts found. <a href="'
            . admin_url( 'post-new.php' ) . '">Write one!</a>';
        foreach ( $posts as $post )
                    <td><a href="%2$s" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">%3$s</a></td>
                    <td>%4$s ago</td>
                esc_html( get_user_by( 'id', $post->post_author )->display_name ),
                get_permalink( $post->ID ),
                esc_html( $post->post_title ),
                human_time_diff( mysql2date( 'U', $post->post_date ) )

    print '</table>';


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