This plugin allows you to display random content anywhere on your site using a shortcode or widget. You can group your random content together, allowing you to display different content in multiple locations throughout your site.
The content is added via a custom post type, so you have full access to the tinyMCE editor. This allows you to easily add images, text, and links to your random content.
Using a widget
- Navigate to Appearance->Widgets and add the Random Content widget to a sidebar.
- Select a group from the dropdown. If you don’t create a group, the widget will use all entries.
Using a shortcode
Place the shortcode
[random_content] anywhere on a post or page.
To choose entries from a specific group, add the
group_id parameter. For example,
To specify the number of posts to show, add the
num_posts parameter. For example,
[random_content group_id="13" num_posts="3"].
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Create an entry in the Random Content post type.
- Categorize your content using Groups.
Only content within the content editor will be displayed.
- Can I group certain entries together?
Yes. Create a group, and assign specific entries to the group. It works just like categories.
- How do I find the group id?
Click on Random Content > Group in the WordPress admin. Look for the number in the ID column.
- How do I display more than one post?
In the shortcode, use the num_posts parameter. In the widget, enter a number in the “Number of Posts to Show at Once” input.
does what it says
i like it. thank you.
This guy is total genius…or…Worpdress has a lot of crappy developers…
I used this feature on Joomla 8 years ago, it’s a snap on Drupal, but for WordPress, like other posters above, tried half a dozen plugins and NONE work. But this one does, 100000000 %.
Hurray to developer!
PS. Make sure to read the instructions for installation, the random-content.php MUST be copied from the wp-content/plugins folder and pasted into wp-content folder
This plugin is my last stop after trying 4 different plugins. This does exactly (no, actually more than) what I wanted. I am starting to realize now that
I can also add an image and show it random on my sidebar.
I can place motivational quotes and show it random on my posts.
I can do many more things.
This is really a zen like – simple yet powerful – plugin.
Hats off developer!
I am using it on my weblogstore dot com website homepage, in case you want to quote me as a user (for demo).
Thanks for this simple and intuitive solution. I’ve been using your plugin for about a year and really love it. I hope to see it grow and mature more. Thanks!
Works perfectly. Thank you for this excellent plugin !
Contributors & Developers
“Random Content” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Fix shortcode output so that multiple posts will display
- Add rc_content filter for extending the plugin output in both the shortcode and the widget
- Add content filter to widget output to allow for oembed support
- Add localization files for translation support
- Add num_posts parameter to old version of shortcode for backwards compatibility
- Update shortcode to [random_content] to help prevent conflicts with other plugins
- Added a num_posts paramenter to the shortcode so that more than one post can show at a time
- Added the ability to not choose a group in a widget, even if a group exists
- Added the ability to control the number of posts that show in the widget
- Rebuilt the plugin using OOP principles based on the WordPress plugin boilerplate
- Added plugin banner graphic
- Updated screenshot image
- Update input text syntax in widget
- Add shortcode functionality.
- Reset post data after widget query.
- First released into the wild.