On the Digerati Peninsula home page I use a modified version of the recent posts plugin by MtDewVirus, I also set $more = 1 so it shows the full post and not just the part up to the more tag and I also add exit; after I call the footer so as to stop the loop after one iteration.

I have added spaces at the start or many of the tags so they show up instead of getting parsed, you need to remove these spaces to use the code

< ?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); $more = 1; ?> // the $more = 1 tell WP to ingore the more tag so showing all of the post < h1>< ?php if ('/' == $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] || '/index.php' == $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']) { ?> Latest Entry: < ? } ?> < ? if ($pagename) { the_title(); } else { ?>< a href="" rel="bookmark">< ?php the_title(); ?>< ? } ?> < ?php the_content(); ?> < ? if (!$pagename) { ?>

< p class="details">This entry was posted on < strong>< ?php the_date('jS F Y','','',true); ?> < /strong> in < ?php the_category(','); ?>< ?php if (!$single) { ?> and has had < a href="" title="Link to this entries comments">< ?php comments_number('No Comments','1 Comment','% Comments',''); ?>< /a> so far < ?php }?>. < ?php if ($single) { ?> < a href="/wp-content/themes/digerati/wp-print.php?p=< ?=the_ID()?>"> < ?php } ?>

< p class="previous">< ?php previous_post('« %','previous entry','no'); ?> < /p> < p class="next">< ?php next_post('% »','next entry','no'); ?> < ? } ?> < div style="clear:both"> < ?php if ($single) { comments_template(); /*include('comments.php');*/ } elseif (!$pagename) { ?> < div id="latestlist">

< p>FIVE LATEST ENTRIES< /p>

< dl> < ?php get_recent_posts(5, '< dt>', '', true, 1, true); ?> // This is the call to the plugin which displays the recent entries < /dl> < /div> < ? include('footer.php'); exit; ?> // the exit; call stops the loop after 1 iteration so you only get one post

Alternatively, on Viewfinder Design I call the loop as normal but add a test variable ($ctemp = 0) after the have_posts() : call and then check it and apply a different style if it equals 0 (i.e. for the first post) than I do for any of the remaining posts.

if (have_posts()) : $ctemp = 1; // This is my test variable while (have_posts()) : the_post(); //if (strtolower(get_cat_name($id)) == 'news') { if ($ctemp == 1) { // Basically, if this is the first post, apply this style print ("< div id="latest">n"); } else { // Otherwise, apply this style - this could easily be adapted to call different templates tags (i.e. to show only the title and excerpt) print ("< div class="post">n"); } ?> < h3>< a href="" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to < ?php the_title(); ?>">< ?php the_title(); ?>< /a>< /h3> < ?php the_content(); ?> < div class="date"> < ul> < li class="day">< ?php the_time('j') ?>< /li> < li>< ?php the_time('M') ?>< /li> < /ul> < /div> < ?php if ($ctemp == 1) { // check if the first post, if so print ("< div id="latebot">n"); //do this } $ctemp++; ?> // then +1 to the text variable < /div> // otherwise just close the div < ?php //} ?> < ?php endwhile; ?>