Live Stream Widget

Show the latest content from across your network in an animated widget.


  • Correct issue with warning on regular WordPress sites.
  • Modified taxonomy terms selection UI to allow unselect for taxonomy terms instead of defaulting to selected all.
  • Added new option to allow setting link target to _blank to force open in new window.


September 2, 2013 - version
  • Correct issue with warning on regular WordPress sites.
  • Modified taxonomy terms selection UI to allow unselect for taxonomy terms instead of defaulting to selected all.
  • Added new option to allow setting link target to _blank to force open in new window.

February 5, 2013 - version

    January 7, 2013 - version
    • Corrected sorting issue when merging multiple posts types
    • Added some CSS wrappers to better designate post type content list items and item elements

    December 13, 2012 - version 1.0.4
    • Corrected bug where comments were not filtered by blog-id
    • Added new option to show X number characters of the post/comment content

    November 14, 2012 - version
    • More change for Post Indexer 3 Network Query logic
    • Other tweaks to widget output for linking to comments listing

    November 13, 2012 - version 1.0.3
    • Added logic to support Post Indexer 3 Network_Query object instead of direct database calls.
    • Changed display logic when showing local content and posts only

    September 19, 2012 - version 1.0.2
    • Added in logic to support AJAX refresh calls for live data updates instead of just on page load.
    • Added support for non-Multisite which will pull from local Post, Comments and Taxonomies

    August 7, 2012 - version 1.0.1

      July 24, 2012 - version 1

        Downloads 19,354

        Compatibility WordPress 4.1 Multisite 4.1 BuddyPress 2.2

        Live Stream Widget displays a constantly scrolling stream of all the latest content across your network.

        It’s just like the fancy schmancy animated widgets in Facebook and Twitter that constantly update to scroll the site’s latest user info. Add your own slick animated version with the Live Stream Widget.

        Classy Animation

        This plugin makes a new widget available that you can add to any sidebar.

        Live Stream Settings
        Refined display with tons of configuration options
        Features include:
        • Show an animated loop of latest posts and comments
        • On Multisite, choose to show content from across the entire network
        • Works well with all themes
        • Choose height of widget
        • Select how many items to show in the loop
        • Option to display user avatars

        Multisite magic

        Plus, it works like magic on Multisite networks. Pull posts and comments from across your entire network using the power of Post Indexer and Comment Indexer.

        Start streaming the latest content from your network and help your users discover something new.

        For help and information on installing plugins you can view our Installing WordPress Plugins Manual.

        Live Stream works with both single installations of WordPress and Multisite.
        NOTE: If using multisite, you must install and activate the Post Indexer Plugin and the Comment Indexer Plugin before activating Live Stream Widget Plugin.

        Using Live Stream Widget on Multisite Installations

        Once you have the plugin installed and Network Activated, you can navigate to any site on your network and check out the Appearance>Widgets Menu to see that you have a new Widget called Live Stream available.

        Then it’s as simple as dragging and dropping the widget in to the sidebar (or any other available wigetized area) that you want to display it in!

        Once you have it settled where you want it, you can check out the widget menu and set your options:

        Live Stream Widget
        1. Enter the title.
        2. Select the content types to display.
        3. Select the categories and tags.
        4. Choose how the content should scroll.
        5. Set the widget height.
        6. Enter the number of items to loop through.
        7. Set the number of characters that should display in each entry.
        8. Set the scrolling time delay.
        9. Want avatars and a scrollbar too?

        Don’t forget to click Save!

        Show Author Avatar: Works with our Avatar Plugin to display the avatar of the post author!

        Please note, at current this plugin does not support custom post types, but we plan to add this in a future release.

        Then you’ll have a shiny new widget with all the animated feed trimmings!  Just like this one:

        Note that this widget does some filtering on the feed items. The logic is that it only shows Posts/Comments for users from the current site. The checkbox allows you to include Posts/Comment for the same list of users across all sites.  So, if you install the widget on it will only show posts for users on site3.  If you set the checkbox will still only show posts/comments for users on site3 but will also show the the posts/comments that site3 users made on other sites in the network.

        Using Live Stream Widget on Single Installations of WordPress

        Live Stream Widget requires no special preparation for single installations of WordPress. Simply activate the plugin and visit the widgets panel in the Appearance section of the WordPress admin menus (Appearance>Widgets).

        Once there, all settings for the Live Stream Widget mirror those explained above for the multisite WordPress installation. If you run a site with multiple authors, Live Stream Widget will automatically pull the author’s gravatar (if he/she has set one up) to use as a thumbnail image next to the post/comment widget content.