Redirect users to a random page in WordPress

This might not be a standard feature of every WordPress website, but sure can be a fun tool to have somewhere on your site. If you write a lot or maybe have numerous galleries, you can end up having thousands of pages which an average user won’t get to see. So why wouldn’t you make things a bit more interesting with redirecting a user to a random post?

OK, you won’t be redirecting a user to a random post without their knowledge or do that on the homepage, of course. But you can create a simple button or link which a user can click after which he will be taken to another page of your site. Maybe it’s a gallery. Maybe a cool editorial you had written years ago. Who knows. It can be fun.

Let’s get started:

  1. First you need to prepare your redirect link. Open your functions.php file
  2. Copy and paste the following code:
  3. add_action('init','random_add_rewrite');
    function random_add_rewrite() {
    global $wp;
    add_rewrite_rule('random/?$', 'index.php?random=1', 'top');
    function random_template() {
    if (get_query_var('random') == 1) {
    $posts = get_posts('post_type=post&orderby=rand&numberposts=1');
    foreach($posts as $post) {
    $link = get_permalink($post);
  4. Save changes
  5. Go to

After this, you are ready to create you link/button. All you have to do is link to and every time a user opens the page, he will be redirected to a random page. Enjoy your new feature.

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