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Cat 1 has 6 post: ( post 1 , post 2 , post 3, post 4 etc.. )

Cat 2 has 6 post: ( post 1 , post 2 , post 3, post 4 etc.. )

i want to display random post like this:

Today's CAT 1 Random post : Post 2 Today's CAT 2 Random Post : Post 5

but the posts has to change per 24 hours. Is it possible. Thanks

( Sorry about my bad Eng )

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You could always use get_posts() to return a random post, but it would change every time the page loaded. So, here's an idea for you.

In a plugin file, set up a wp_cron hook.

/* Your plugin header goes here */

register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'wpse24234_activation' );
function wpseo24234_activation()
    wp_schedule_event( time(), 'daily', 'wpse24234_daily' );

Then hook a function into your cron action that grabs a random post (via get_posts()) and stores it in a transient that expires every 24 hours.

add_action( 'wpse24234_daily', 'wpse24234_daily_cb' );
function wpse24234_daily_cb()
    $posts = get_posts( array( 'cat' => YOUR_CATEGORY_ID_HERE, 'numberposts' => 1, 'orderby' => 'rand' ) );
    if( ! empty( $posts ) )
        set_transient( 'cat_1_post', $posts[0]->ID, 60 * 60 * 12 );

Then on the front end, you can get the post ID with get transient, and use the ID to pull in whatever other stuff you'd like.

/* Somewhere on your site */
$id = get_transient( 'cat_1_post' );

$link = '<a href="' . get_permalink( $id ) . '">' . get_the_title( $id ) . '</a>';

Todays random post from Category 1 is <?php echo $link; ?>

You'll have to do some testing to see if this will work for you, of course.

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thank you so much Christopher Davis ;) i m gonna try it r now – Fatih Toprak Jul 27 '11 at 18:51
it didnt work :S Davis. – Fatih Toprak Jul 27 '11 at 19:24
That's why I said you'd have to test it! Did you put it into a plugin file and active the plugin? – chrisguitarguy Jul 27 '11 at 19:31
yes. i added all codes my themes functions.php and i added the last code to my sidebar.php. The result comes but that post link not from the choosen category it choosen from the all categories. Ps. I edited the YOUR_CATEGORY_ID_HERE line too. – Fatih Toprak Jul 27 '11 at 19:36
That would explain why it didn't work. You have to call wp_schedule_event one time (on plugin activation), there's not a theme activation hook to do that. Take a look at this: codex.wordpress.org/Writing_a_Plugin#File_Headers that's what I meant by /* your plugin header goes here */ – chrisguitarguy Jul 27 '11 at 19:39

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