Displaying the top posts on your website can help your visitors find out about other great content that you have produced in the past. It can also give you a quick way to understand what people are looking to see on your website (if you go by hits). There are many ways to define “popularity” for WordPress posts. You can always show popular posts by the number of comments they have received. But what if you want to show posts in the past 6 months based on post/page views? That’s what Recently Popular plugin can help with.
Recently Popular can be used to display popular posts that are not older than a certain period of time. You can define which categories you want your posts to come from. Want only your registered users’ views to count? That option is available to you as well. You can use short-codes to customize the way this plugin looks.
In order to limit your popular posts to certain categories, you should enable category filtering. I would not recommend using registered views for this plugin unless you have a decent number of registered users.
If you need to display popular posts based on date on your WordPress site, Recently Popular plugin is a good plugin to try.