Is it possible to get random terms? To get random posts you could use WP_Query and set 'orderby' => 'rand'.

But is there any way to do that with terms?

I've tried this:

$terms = get_terms( array(
    'taxonomy' => 'webshops',
    'hide_empty' => false,
    'orderby' => 'rand',
    'number' => 6
) );
  • random anything is very bad for caching. if you have no preference about which terms to display, the latest N is as random to the user of the site as any other set of terms ;) Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 14:50

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Unlike a normal WP_Query(), get_terms() or WP_Term_Query() does not have random ordering. You would either need to do it in SQL yourself or grab all the terms and shuffle them, pulling out 6 to make your random term array:

// Get all terms
$terms = get_terms( array(
    'taxonomy'      => 'webshops',
    'hide_empty'    => false,
) );

// Randomize Term Array
shuffle( $terms );

// Grab Indices 0 - 5, 6 in total
$random_terms = array_slice( $terms, 0, 6 );

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