Hot Random Image


Hot Random Image plugin by HotThemes is a basic widget that shows a randomly picked image from a selected folder where images are stored. You can define a folder and widget will show all images from this folder in a random order. Also, it’s possible to select only certain images from the folder that will be added in rotation. Each image can be linked. Alt text is optional. Image dimensions (width and height) can be defined in any format (pixels, percents, auto-mode…). Therefore, this widget is appropriate for all responsive websites.


  • Sample screen shot of the Hot Random Image widget.
  • Screen shot of the Hot Random Image widget parameters.


  1. Install plugin as usually from You can also manually download it, unpack and upload plugin_hot_random_image directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Publish Hot Random Image widget into the available widget sidebars.
  4. To get some images displayed, you should enter a folder where your images are stored. This can be any folder from your site.
  5. In the widget options, you can see other parameters that defines the widget’s output. Experiment with these options to configure the widget for your site.


What to do with plugin after installation?

Go to Appearance > Widgets and drop Hot Random Image widget into any widget position. Then open it to see the widget options. Enter folder where your images are uploaded, relative to your WordPress installation. In example “wp-content/uploads/2014/12”.

My widget doesn’t show any data?

Make sure you entered a valid folder where your images are uploaded.


Good little widget

Got it working but not 5 stars because I couldn't work out the syntax for image name plus image link. A screenshot example would be nice.
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  • The initial release