With the new Block Editor actually looking to replace WordPress default widget capabilities, you can now list your latest WordPress posts with excerpts on your pages and posts without using a plugin, or having to only place them in a widget area.
Step 1: Select any post or page. Click on the plus icon in the top left corner. Scroll to the Widgets section and select the Latest Posts block.
Step 2: The Latest Posts block will appear and you will be able to select the number of posts you can display. You can have it either display in a list or a grid.
Step 3: With submenu on the right, you can customize the layout. You can change the number of posts to display, how it’s sorted and filtered, and the number of columns.
Step 4: To have the excerpt display, toggle the Post Content radio button on. Now your posts’ excerpts will display. You can also select the number of characters that will display in the excerpt under the Max number of words in excerpt section.
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