The Popular Post list options section contains a set of options that allow you to fine tune the settings of the list of popular articles from you blog. These are global settings and many of these can be overridden in the widget or the shortcode.
Number of popular posts to display
Maximum number of posts that will be displayed in the list. This is a global setting and will used if you don’t specify the number of posts in the widget or shortcode.
Published age of posts
This options allows you to only show posts that have been published within the above day range. Applies to both overall posts and daily posts lists.
e.g. 365 days will only show posts published in the last year in the popular posts lists. Enter 0 for no restriction.
Post types to include in results (including custom post types)
Top 10 will detect the various post types in your WordPress site and allow you to pick which ones you’d like to include in the popular posts’ lists. You can override this in the widget or source code.
List of post or page IDs to exclude from the results
Enter a comma separated list of post, page or custom post type IDs. This is a global setting and will be excluded from all popular post lists.
Comma separated list of category names. The field above has an autocomplete so simply start typing in the starting letters and it will prompt you with options. Does not support tags or custom taxonomies.
Title of popular posts & Title of daily popular posts
Enter the title of the popular post list. You can use basic HTML code for this. This title is placed at the top of the popular post lists.
When there are no posts, what should be shown?
Display either a blank output or alternatively display a custom message.
Show post excerpt in list?
You can optionally display the post excerpt along with the post title when displaying the post lists. Top 10 will use the post excerpt that you set when editing a post. If this is missing, then it will create an excerpt from the post content.
Length of excerpt (in words)
Set how many words of the excerpt you’d like to display. By default this is 10 words.
Show post author in list?
Similar to the excerpt, display the post author in the list. Will be displayed as “by FNAME LNAME” by default.
Show post date in list?
Display the date the post was created alongside the title.
Limit post title length (in characters)
If you’re usually composing very long post titles, then it can distort the list output. Set the maximum number of characters that will be displayed. Top 10 will automatically crop words and add an ellipsis “…” at the end.
Show view count in list?
Display the number of views alongside the post title. It is displayed in brackets. You can remove the brackets using a filter function in your theme’s functions.php.
Open links in new window
title="_blank" attribute to the links in order to open the links in a new page.
Add nofollow attribute to links in the list
rel="nofollow" attribute to the links in order to tell search engines not to follow these posts.
Exclude display of popular posts on these posts / pages
Similar to the option above, enter a comma separated list of post, page or custom post IDs to stop the popular posts from displaying.
Customise the list HTML
The four set of options will allow you to customise what HTML is used to create the post lists. By default the post lists are created using an unordered list. You shouldn’t need to change these as you can easily use CSS to style this as you need it.