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Random Posts Widget

Description

This simple plugin is a widget that displays a list of random posts on your widgetized sidebar.

It supports multiple instances with WordPress 2.8 and above.

Configuration

  • Widget title: the title of the widget
  • List types: ul for bulleted list, p for paragraph, br for paragraph with line breaks
  • Post count: Number of random posts you would like to be displayed
  • Category: Only this category will be selected as the source

Installation

  1. Upload randomposts.php to the /wp-content/plugins/random-posts-widget directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Use your ‘Presentation’/’Sidebar Widgets’ settings to drag and configure

Or use the automatic update feature

Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

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Changelog

  • 07-May-2007: Fixed a bug of displaying widget before and after tag
  • 14-Jun-2007: Fixed a bug where pages are also selected. Now it only displays posts.
  • 26-Jun-2007: Removed before and after configuration options, now taken from theme settings
  • 03-Aug-2007: Overhauled entire engine to optimize queries. This has been tested on a test blog with 50,000 posts on an old machine (Pentium III 600MHz) in maximum 3 seconds. Also removed duplicated results and added category to choose.
  • 04-Aug-2007: Fixed a bug where wrong permalink was displayed
  • 10-Aug-2007: Fixed a bug where if 1 post count is selected an error occured
  • 27-Sep-2007: Added ability to detect database version (WordPress 2.3 has database changed) while maintaining backward-compatibility with 2.2.x
  • 30-May-2013: Use WP_Widget to allow multiple instances since WordPress 2.8, while maintaining backwards-compatibility