Looking for a “Recently Updated” WordPress Plugin

So after coming back from SES I had some interesting conversations, looked at some interesting things and came up with a few ideas. One of the things I’d like to try but have never seen is a recently updated function/plugin. How would a recently updated plugin differ from a recently published function … well I’m glad you asked …

Recently updated would be used when you are using pages or posts in a more traditional CMS environment instead of a blog one. For example say you have a library or article database of keystone or flagship content. After the site is 3-4 years old the content may be come outdated. Rather than put up a new page/post with a new URL you decide to use the existing one and update or refresh the content. It would be nice if you could have a list of the ten most recently updated articles or even a page of the 50 or 100 most recently updated pages/posts. Sure you could hack the functionality by changing the publish date but that introduces other complexities.

Thanks to Corey Salzano who cooked up some quick code, thanks.

< ?php
$today = current_time('mysql', 1);
if ( $recentposts = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT ID, post_title FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish' AND post_modified_gmt < '$today' ORDER BY post_modified_gmt DESC LIMIT 18")):
<h2>< ?php _e("Recent Posts"); ?></h2>
foreach ($recentposts as $post) {
if ($post->post_title == '') $post->post_title = sprintf(__('Post #%s'), $post->ID);
echo "<li><a href='".get_permalink($post->ID)."'>";
echo '</a></li>';
< ?php endif; ?>

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