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Advanced Random Posts

Description

Advanced Random Posts Widget displays your posts by selecting randomly with thumbnail images (optional). It gets posts from selected categories or current category or all posts. When your visitors are at home, it gets posts from all posts or selected category. If you set ‘Get posts from current category’, when visitors see single post, widget lists posts in the same category of single post or when visitors click a category link, it gets posts from current category.

Notice: Version 2.2+ requires at least 2.8.

Supported Languages

  • English
  • Turkish
  • Russian – Thanks Fatcow

Options

Widget’s options allow you to change your random posts list displaying.

Title:

Your random posts widget’s title on your sidebar.

Number of posts to show:

How many posts to display

Excerpt length (letters)

You know that

Thumbnail Custom Field Name

If you want to display the thumbnail of your posts via a custom field, write its name.

Height – Width

Images size.

Get first image of post

If you don’t want to use custom field, plugin will get first image from your post content.

Get first attached image of post

Plugin gets first attached image of post.

Default image

If post has no image, plugin display this image. Ex: http://www.yakupgovler.com/default-image.png

Notice: If you use three options, plugin uses custom field image firstly. If the post has no custom field, it gets first image from content. At last it gets first attached image. I suggest not to use “Get first image of post” for performance. It queries much more.

Categories

Plugin gets posts in these categories. (Category IDs, separated by commas.)

Get posts from current category:

Posts will be get from current category (single post’s category or current category).

Screenshots

  • Widget's screenshot in 'Appearance'->'Widgets'

Installation

Installation

  1. Make sure you are running WordPress version 2.8 or better. It won’t work with older versions. If you have older versions, please download v1.1
  2. Download the zip file and extract the contents.
  3. Upload the ‘advanced-random-posts’ folder (wp-content/plugins/).
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘plugins’ page in WP.
  5. See ‘Appearance’->’Widgets’ to place it on your sidebar. Set the settings.

FAQ

How can I set it to get posts from current category?

Select checkbox on widget’s settings called ‘Get posts from current category’.

I want to display only the posts in two categories.

You have to write their category’s ids -seperated with a comma- to ‘Categories’ textbox.

I don’t use Widgets. How can use this widget?

Please, visit my website.

Contributors & Developers

“Advanced Random Posts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

2.3

  • Fixed a bug. If you don’t set image dimensions, it displays thumbnail wrong.

2.2

  • Added Russian language support

2.1

  • Fixed a bug. When you check ‘Get posts from current category’ and you are in a single post, widget calls an error. Thanks E.Ali.

2.0

  • Added thumbnail image support
  • Added multi-language support
  • Rewriten by using WordPress 2.8 Widget Class API

1.1

  • Bug fixed, showing the same post id.

Version 1.0

  • Initial release version.