Random Posts

Caveat

Unfortunately, due to ill-health, this plugin has not been developed or supported properly for some years. It works with the latest versions of WordPress (including on this website) but could possibly conflict with any WordPress features added after 2008 — e.g. custom post types — if you use them.

Purpose

This plugin displays a list of posts chosen randomly from your blog.

This is version 2.6.2.0 download latest version. It is compatible with WordPress 1.5–2.6.2

Please note the new upgrade instructions!

Random Posts lets you put on display some of the posts that might otherwise get lost deep in your archives and, hopefully, get visitors to explore your site more thoroughly.

The plugin has an settings page which lets you change how the output is generated and displayed.

Installation Instructions

  1. If upgrading from a previous version, first deactivate the plugin via the Plugins page and delete the plugin folder from your server.
  2. Upload the plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory. You will also need to install the Post-Plugin Library.
  3. Go to your admin Plugins page and activate Random Posts.
  4. Put<!--?php random_posts(); ?--> at the place in your theme files where you want the list of similar posts to appear. Lorelle on WordPress has a good guide to modifying themes for plugins. If you are using a widget-ready theme the plugin can be placed from the widget admin page.
  5. Use the admin Settings|Random Posts pages to set all the available options. Alternatively, the options can be overridden by passing a parameter to the random_posts template tag.

Usage and Options

The configuration page will help you to set up the plugin to your satisfaction.