I’d like to show you how to choose a random quote from the quotes custom post type I showed you how to create in this post.

In my last post, I showed you how to create a basic WordPress Shortcode.
We must first query the database for the custom post type:

function random_quote_func( $atts ){

	$args=array(
	  'orderby'=> 'rand',
	  'post_type' => 'quote',
	  'post_status' => 'publish',
	  'posts_per_page' => 1,
	    
	);

	$my_query = null;
	$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
	$message = '';
	if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {
	  while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); 
	  	
	    $message .= '<blockquote>'.get_the_content().'</blockquote>';
	  endwhile;
	}
	wp_reset_query();  
	return $message;

}
add_shortcode( 'random-quote', 'random_quote_func' );

I add that code to the WordPress functions.php file and then add the shortcode to a WordPress page or post like this:

[[random-quote]]

You can see the results of this code on my site: ourprosperouslife.com

Each time you refresh the page, you will see a random quote.

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