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Fortunate Random Quotes

Fortunate provides a random quote or quotation (also known as a 'fortune cookie') for your blog.


  • Updated compatibility to WP2.8.4.


  • Updated compatibility to WP2.8.3 - no code changes, documentation updated to new changelog format.


  • Updated compatibility to WP2.8.2 - no code changes


  • Updated compatibility to WP2.8.1 - no code changes


  • Introduced advanced usage. This provides access to several settings which should normally be left untouched, except by the adventurous and/or knowledgeable. This includes the normal/offensive 'rating', Choice of a specific quotation database, and regular expression matching. Selecting 'Advanced mode' also provides statistics (viewable at the bottom of the settings page) on the total number of quotes available which match the current search settings, and a list of applicable databases from which they are derived. [If you are upgrading from an earlier release and have made use of the normal/offensive rating or regular expression features, please go to your options page and enable 'advanced mode' so that these functions will still work for you.]


  • documentation cleanup


  • update compatibility to WP2.8


  • Added Regular Expression matching.


  • readme.txt file was badly formatted in the FAQ example. No code changes.


  • Added ability to call functions directly from page templates, with different arguments than the default. This allows to you have more than one quote on a page and provide complete control over theming and options for each invocation.


  • avoid over-writing any customised CSS edits in the 'fortunate.css' file during updates. The zip archive will now contain a 'fortunate-template.css' file and 'fortunate.css' will need to be created by hand if you wish to use the 'include CSS' feature. Update compatibility to WP-2.7.1 and add screenshot of option page.


  • Added category randomisation, which provides equal weights to all quotation source collections irrespective of the number of quotes in the collection. This will give equal weight to quotations from George Bush, Luke Skywalker, or the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, (if using English) and reduce the number of Zippy the Pinhead and Knightbird quotes. The latter have a disproportionate number of quotations relative to other data sources. There is a slight performance penalty so this option is disabled by default.


  • Fix widget title which was appearing after the quote.


  • Add specific word search so that one may provide only quotations containing (for instance) the word 'boat'. Added configurable timeouts to network settings for graceful failure in the event of network congestion or server downtime.


  • Further internationalisation of plugin code


  • Minor tweak to URL format


  • Add Italian


  • Add Spanish, French, German, and Russian quotes and internationalisation of plugin code


  • Cleanup of configuration page


  • Initial release

Requires: 2.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.8.4
Last Updated: 7 years ago
Active Installs: 40+


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