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Q: How to show below each post in WordPress 3 random posts?

+4 votes
I have WordPress site and below each article (post) I want to show 3 random articles (posts) so I can interlink all my posts. I want this to be simple code - only shown as a clickable text - nothing fancy...

Can you please help?

Maybe some code in functions.php?

asked in Web Development category by user ak47seo

2 Answers

+3 votes

In your Child theme in functions.php add these lines of code:

/* Shortcode for random posts */
/* The shortcode to put in any post/widget is [my-random-posts] */
function my_rand_posts() {

    $args = array(
        'post_type'      => 'post',
        'orderby'        => 'rand',
        'posts_per_page' => 3,

    $the_query = new WP_Query($args);
    $string = "";
    if ($the_query->have_posts()) {
        $string .= '<ul>';
        while ($the_query->have_posts()) {
            $string .= '<li><a href="' . get_permalink() . '" target="_blank">' . get_the_title() . '</a></li>';
        $string .= '</ul>';
        /* Restore original Post Data */
    } else {
        $string .= 'no posts found';

    return $string;

add_shortcode('my-random-posts', 'my_rand_posts');
add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

This code will create shortcode which you can put whenever you like! On line #8 (posts_per_page) you can choose how many posts will be shown - in our case: 3. 

The shortcode to put in any post/widget is: [my-random-posts]


answered by user andrew
edited by user golearnweb
+2 votes

You can also create yout own WP plugin in order to keep the code and the shortcode in case you switch/change your WordPress theme.

Here is the code of my WordPress plugin showing the latest 3 posts (with the dates at the end :-) by using the shortcode: [my-plugin-recent-posts]:


Plugin Name: My plugin recent posts shortcode
Plugin URI:
Description: WP plugin for showing recent posts with a shortcode
Author: My plugin recent posts shortcode Ltd.
Version: 1.0
Author URI:
Text Domain: my-plugin-recent-posts-shortcode
Domain Path: /languages/

function my_plugin_recent_posts_shortcode() {
	$buffer = '<h4>Recent Posts:</h4><ul>';

	$args = array(
		'post_type'      => 'post',
		'posts_per_page' => 3,

	$q = new WP_Query( $args );

	while ( $q->have_posts() ) {
		$buffer .= '<li><a href=" ' . get_the_permalink() . '">' . get_the_title() . '</a> - ' . get_the_date() . ' </li>';

	$buffer .= '</ul>';

	return $buffer;

add_shortcode( 'my-plugin-recent-posts', 'my_plugin_recent_posts_shortcode' );

...and this is the screenshot of my WordPress blog:

my wordpress plugin recent posts shortcode

answered by user icabe
edited by user icabe