Working on a number of sites recently, the designs I have been provided with have contained a “featured post” section [widget] in the sidebar. This got me looking in the plugin repository for a widget plugin to feature a post. What I found was lots of plugins but nothing that was flexible enough for me to use. Therefore I went about building my own Featured Post Widget to use on sites in the future.
If you do a search for Featured Post Widget in the WordPress.org plugin repository you end up with a number of different results, of plugins which indicate they do just that. Some I am sure are very good out of the box solutions for many people, however I want something flexible that I an use on all sites where the output markup and the options are perhaps going to need tailoring to the site in question. From a quick inspection of some of the plugins it as clear that I was going to have to write my own.