When you’ve got a blog full of content, you want to make sure that your audience discovers as much of it as possible. The best way to do this is to display random posts. This article will show you how to do exactly that for your WordPress blog. Read on to find out more!
If you’ve been using WordPress for a while now, chances are that your audience isn’t seeing your older articles. With WordPress listing articles from newest to oldest, your latest content is what shows up on your blog by default. This works well since the newest stuff is often the most relevant, but you also don’t want your valuable content to be lost to the farthest reaches of time, never to be seen again.
To prevent this from happening, you could try to make internal linking a frequent practice—this will give your readers easier access to your older content, as well as increase your SEO score and add to page views!
However, if we’re talking about maximum discovery potential, random posts are the way to go. You could do this via a sidebar, which I’ll explain how to do right now!
Display Random Posts on WordPress with the Advanced Random Posts Widget
You won’t have to worry about fiddling with any code with this method, which is great to know if you’re a beginner. It’s just a matter of setting up and letting the widget do its thing!
First, install and activate the ‘Advanced Random Posts Widget’ plugin.
Once you’ve done that, go to Appearance >> Widgets. Then among all your other widgets, you’ll see a brand-new one listed as ‘Random Posts’.
Go ahead and drag and drop that into your sidebar.
Doing this will let you see the widget’s settings. This widget has a number of cool tricks up its sleeve that allow you to customize it to your heart’s content. More experienced users also have the option of adding their custom HTML and CSS.
You can stick with the default ones since they’ll work for most websites, or look around and see what needs changing.
After you’ve finished, just be sure to hit save, and you’re done!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and if you did, why not check out another? Here is one on how to create custom menus on WordPress.
Until Next Time,