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Post Type Spotlight


The plugin displays a checkbox in the publish meta box to feature a post. The checkbox only appears on admin selected post types which can be selected in the Settings->Writing screen.

When a post is designated as featured:

  • It receives ‘featured’ and featured-{$posttype} classes via the post_class filter.
  • Shows featured posts as such in the post type’s admin screen
  • Assigns a post a hidden taxonomy term (featured) that can easily be queried.

Note: For the plugin to work on attachments, you must be using 3.5 or above. All other features will work on 3.1.0 and up.


  • The publish area with the featured toggle.
  • The featured list block
  • The settings page
  • Options on the edit screen
  • Markup example when using post_class();
  • Classic Editor Checkbox Toggle


  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Navigate to the Settings->Writing section and select the post types you would like to have the featured abilities.


Isn’t this the same as sticky posts?

This is not the same as sticky posts. Sticky functionality can only be applied to the core ‘post’ post type. More information on why

How do I find just my featured posts?

This snippet of code will fetch the 10 most recent posts that are featured.

$featured_posts = new WP_Query( array(
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'posts_per_page' => 10,
    'tax_query' => array(
            'taxonomy' => 'pts_feature_tax',
            'field' => 'slug',
            'terms' => array( 'featured' ),
) );

if ( $featured_posts->have_posts() ) : while ( $featured_posts->have_posts() ) : $featured_posts->the_post();

    //output featured posts here

endwhile; endif;



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“Post Type Spotlight” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Improved compatibility with the Block Editor and the enhancements it brings
  • Added npm as base package manager
  • Added ESLint for JS linting
  • Added Stylelint for CSS linting
  • Added EditorConfig for consistent coding styles
  • Added Husky for pre-commit hooks
  • Added Prettier for code formatting
  • Added PHPCS for PHP linting
  • Added WPCS for WordPress PHP linting
  • Added Composer for PHP package management
  • Added wp-scripts for WordPress build scripts
  • Added webpack for JS module bundling
  • Added a new Featured Posts Variation of the Query Loop
  • Added the ability to filter teh Featured Posts Query Loop to only show featured posts
  • Added the ability to filter the Featured Posts Query Loop to show all posts excluding featured posts
  • Added the ability to filter the Featured Posts Query Loop to show all posts and show featured posts first (similar to sticky)
  • Added the ability to sort post lists by featured posts.
  • Removed Babel for js transpiling as it wasn’t needed any more
  • Removed Yarn as package manager
  • Removed Gulp as build tool
  • Numerous bug fixes, minor security updates within build process (non frontend facing) and improvements


  • Updated the build process
  • Updated PHPCS and WPCS
  • Updated Branding
  • Updated readme by making it more readable
  • Added Gutenberg/Block Editor support


  • Add support for


  • Don’t show the featured taxonomy on nav menu edit areas.


  • Fix another potential PHP notice.


  • Fix PHP warning when checking for the old method of querying for featured posts.


  • Fix deprecated widget instantiation method.


  • Don’t erase other terms in the pts_feature_tax assigned to the post on save. This opens up potential to have more than one type of “featured”, (e.g. recommended).


  • Changing how featured posts are designated. Instead of post meta, the plugin now uses a hidden taxonomy.
  • Added a widget for showing featured posts.
  • Fixed the post_class filter to work properly on secondary loops.
  • Fixed bug where the featured column would not show when viewing Media in the admin with list view.
  • Fixed bug where saving settings did not always work.
  • Changed the featured star in the admin to use the WordPress Dashicon font.


  • سلام نړی !
  • Add settings to the Settings->Writing page allowing admins to select the post types that can be featured.
  • Add a check box in the publish meta box for marking a post as featured.
  • Featured posts receive a featured and featured-{$posttype} class on them via the post_class filter.
  • Admin post type screens have a column for Featured noting which posts are in fact featured.