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  • Hi guys,

    Right now I’m using the following code to display random posts on my site:

    <?php $randomPost = $wpdb->get_var(“SELECT guid FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_type = ‘post’ AND post_status = ‘publish’ ORDER BY rand() LIMIT 1”);
    echo ‘<span>Random Post</span>‘; ?>

    I was wondering how this code can be altered to display random posts from a given category?

    Thanks for your help!

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  • My code was stripped. here’s the full code:

    <?php $randomPost = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT guid FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_type = 'post' AND post_status = 'publish' ORDER BY rand() LIMIT 1");
    echo '<a href="'.$randomPost.'"><span>Random Post</span></a>'; ?>

    help please!

    There is a plug in called ‘Random Posts’ which has a setting option to exclude categories by name.

    I’m not trying to exclude categories but to display random posts from a particular category. Anyway, I have too many plugins already and would prefer to do this without any plugins or not do it at all.

    No plugin needed.

    Add this code to your loop query (tested WP 2.9 working):

    query_posts(array(
    	'showposts' => 6,
    	'orderby' => 'rand',
    	'category_name' => 'News' //You can insert any category name
    ));
    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post();

    In other words: Query 6 posts, displayed in random order, from the category ‘News’. The key to having your posts display randomly is “orderby”.

    To randomize posts from either of two categories, try:

    query_posts(array(
    	'showposts' => 6,
    	'orderby' => 'rand',
    	'category__in' => array(get_cat_ID('News'),get_cat_ID('Events'))
    ));
    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post();

    Note: in the example above, I am using get_cat_ID() to grab the id number for a given category. Category__in requires the use of id numbers rather than names.

    To randomize posts that show up in BOTH categories:

    query_posts(array(
    	'showposts' => 6,
    	'orderby' => 'rand',
    	'category__and' => array(5,8))
    ));
    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post();

    For more info on the variables you can use in query_posts, see the official codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts

    Have fun!

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