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Hi i need to show random 3 tags for a post. all my posts have been tagged with more than 10 tags, i need to display any 3 tags randomly.

for eg:

A sample post

<a href="/tag1">Tag1</a>
<a href="/tag2">Tag2</a>
<a href="/tag3">Tag3</a>

I am currently using <?PHP the_tags()?> to generate all tags how to restrict it to 3 randomly generated tags.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

Try this:

   $posttags = get_the_tags();
   if ($posttags) {
       foreach($posttags as $tag) {
          echo '<a href="'.get_tag_link($tag->term_id).'">'.$tag->name.'</a> ';
          if( $count >4 ) break;
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spot on ,i need to make it random. bcoz every time it shows first three tag(in ascending ord ). how to make it random? – Ezhil Aug 17 '11 at 5:53
just add shuffle($posttags); before $count=0; – Sean Lee Aug 17 '11 at 7:54

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