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  • Hi Jose,

    Quick question: Is there anyway to set @sorting_order to Random?

    I have a website with a lot of content but not many updates. So, I wanted to have NLP display a random list of past content. It could either be generated on page load or even refresh after a period of time.

    Hope everything is going well and thanks for your help!

    -Carl

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/network-latest-posts/

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  • Plugin Author Jose Luis SAYAGO

    (@iluminatus)

    Hey Carl,

    There is random which you could use with sort_by_date to display posts randomly. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you.

    Best regards,
    Jose SAYAGO.

    Thanks for this help!

    sort_by_date=random seemed to maintain sort_by_date=TRUE except or organized the feed by blog.

    So, the start of the blog feed is the primary domain’s blog ordered by date. After the primary blog’s posts have ended, it then lists all the post from the first subdomain created by date, and so on. Here are the current settings just in case I made a mistake.

    [nlposts
    number_posts=100
    ignore_blog=14
    thumbnail=true
    thumbnail_wh=150x150
    thumbnail_class=alignleft
    instance=placeholder
    title_only=false
    display_type=inline-block
    excerpt_length=30
    auto_excerpt=true
    full_meta=true
    use_pub_date=true
    sort_by_date=random
    posts_per_page=10
    paginate=true
    ]

    I tried without use_pub_date=true also.

    Let me know if I should try or test anything else.

    Thanks for your help as always! 🙂

    Plugin Author Jose Luis SAYAGO

    (@iluminatus)

    Hello Carl,

    Sorry I wasn’t clear enough, there is a parameter named random actually which you can use to randomize posts.

    Try with these and let me know if you notice something different:

    [nlposts
    number_posts=100
    ignore_blog=14
    thumbnail=true
    thumbnail_wh=150x150
    thumbnail_class=alignleft
    instance=placeholder
    title_only=false
    display_type=inline-block
    excerpt_length=30
    auto_excerpt=true
    full_meta=true
    use_pub_date=true
    sort_by_date=true
    random=true
    posts_per_page=10
    paginate=true
    ]

    Hi Jose,

    No problem at all! I figured it was probably something small.

    With random=true, is there a way to have the order change periodically, so the front page content changes for repeat visitors (i.e. daily, weekly, once a cookie expires, etc.)?

    Unrelated:
    1. I did notice after the last NLP update, the post date information in the span.nlposts-ulist-meta had been removed.
    Older Version: Websitename – Published on March 4, 2015 by Username
    New Version: Websitename – Published by Username

    I’m not sure if this is intentional, but I wanted to point it out.

    2. A feature idea I wanted to run past you is, dynamically changing the URL when clicking the pagination. When testing out the Ajaxify WordPress plugins compatibility with NLP, the URL was dynamically changing with each page change to: website.com/?pag=2, …/?pag=3, etc. which helped with navigation once a user returned to the home page after reading a post (So, they return to the same list of results instead page 1).

    I know you are very busy, so no expectation with the idea, just wanted to share 🙂

    Thanks Jose!

    All the best,
    Carl

    Plugin Author Jose Luis SAYAGO

    (@iluminatus)

    Hi Carl,

    Random works every time instances are loaded, so whenever a visitor reloads the page containing an NLP instance, it will load different posts each time.

    Regarding the date, indeed there was a change introduced in 3.7, there is now a new feature named display_date which is set to false by default. When active it will display post dates along with other metadata. This was introduced due to some inconsistencies in networks where date formats have not been standardized. So to avoid displaying different data formats for every post, I decided to introduce this feature as a quick fix for such cases.

    However, I plan to include a date format parameter in future releases to allow users to force a custom date format ignoring those set in network’s blogs.

    As for your suggestion about the AJAX URLs I totally agree, I will add this as well in future releases. Thanks for the heads up.

    Best regards,
    Jose

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