Add a Random Post Spinner on WordPress

I came across this blog on Mindful Digressions Page and realized a Step-by-Step Guide with Images might be useful for other beginners in the blogging world. Hence, here comes the post..

There is a Long Version for the newbie friends and the Short Version for my dear Geeky friends.

The Short version of this:

WordPress has a secret treat hidden for you.
Append “/?random” at the end of your homepage and it spins out a random post.

The Long Version with Images:

Tools Required:

  • A WordPress Account (The most Essential Component)
  • A Theme with Sidebar (Or other similar provision for including Widgets. It can also be added to a permanent page or post, but it is really cool to have in the sidebar.. 😉 )
  • An image to double as Spinner (A spin wheel or something that gels with your theme of Blog)

Procedure:

  1. Open your Blog Homepage and note down the address link to this page.
  2. From Home page Click on My Sites > Customize.

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  1. Click on the Widgets Section of the page.

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  1. Choose your Widget area of the Spinner Wheel.

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  1. Click on Add a Widget at the bottom of the expanded section.4
  2. Search and add the Image Widget in the pop up.5
  1. In the screen that appears feed in the details.6
  1. Upload your Image in the Image URL section by typing the location of your Image.7

In case, the image is stored in your system, the complete location of your image is the URL. Eg: D:\Blog\Image.jpg

  1. The Image Link URL holds the trick of the spinner wheel.
    Here, paste your homepage address and add “/?random” at the end.
    My homepage address is https://aadhira.wordpress.com and hence my Link URL is “https://aadhira.wordpress.com/?random”

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  1. Now, close the Widget, and Click on Save & Publish.
  1. Voila!, you have added the Spinner to your Sidebar.. Hooray!!

Now, Add this link anywhere you wish, in a sticky post, Welcome Page, About Me page, Or anywhere you could and give a spin to those wonderful posts of yours. Surprise me with further ideas on this!!

First record your views in the comments section below And then don’t forget to click on my little pond for more ripples.. 😉

Happy Blogging!!

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14 thoughts on “Add a Random Post Spinner on WordPress

    • LOL.. That’s sort of impossible as your blog is the inspiration for this Instruction page..

      I just made that, to deprive people, of that sense of accomplishment in finding this out the hard way.. 😉

      How generous of me.. 😉

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  1. I don’t mean to sound combative because we’re friends, so please take this in the best way possible, but why can’t you just post whatever you want to on your blog. I will spend thirty minutes admiring mashed potatoes or a chocolate mountain mashup or something if that’s all you have. I think people are intimidated enough by the experience of putting themselves out there, and the guides I think are written to grab readers, page views and comments. I can’t understand why everything has to be such a chore. I think that what is missing is a guide for how to manage interactions within the community. Be well, SB.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to put out your opinion.. I never realized this perspective and your comment is an eye-opener..

      Don’t get scared with one Inscrutable. As much I would like to see one, I don’t think, I could go through that drill another time.. Yup, it’s not fun writing, unlike my other posts..

      So you could be assured of no such kind of posts.. In case I get the urge, I will surely put up under another appropriate place rather than this personal blog and would keep it strictly to posts from my heart and not the mind.. 😉

      I am treading waters in the blogging world and keep being this honest and supportive.. And do bear with me when I drift off and I hope I could rely on you to give me a nudge back here.. 😉

      Sincere thanks to your words.. 🙂

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    • We’re all new to the gig, but that’s the point: learning from each other and doing things that we enjoy because in the end that’s what inspires others to be brave and bold.

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