Posted on 18 November, 2010 By 3 Comments

How to Randomize the Images with the WordPress WP-Cycle Slideshow Plugin


Earlier this week I reviewed the WP-Cycle plugin, which is an easy to use image slideshow plugin.

One feature that it doesn’t have is a random display of the images. The images are displayed in the upload order. This isn’t such a big deal, if you know this in advance, but I didn’t know a client wanted them displayed randomly until after I had uploaded 30+ images and I didn’t want to delete them and start over.

If you want the the images displayed randomly, you will need to edit the plugin file.

Here’s what you do.

Locate the following lines in the plugin file. In the current version, it started at line 811.

echo ‘<div id=”‘.$wp_cycle_settings['div'].’”>’.$newline;
foreach((array)$wp_cycle_images as $image => $data) {

In between the two lines add


The code block should now look like the following.

echo ‘<div id=”‘.$wp_cycle_settings['div'].’”>’.$newline;
foreach((array)$wp_cycle_images as $image => $data) {

The images will now be displayed in a random order. Before editing a plugin file, make a backup of it first.

Of course, if you upgrade the plugin, you will lose your customizations.

The WordPress forums are a great source of information for tidbits like this. I found the solution here.

photo credit: Artiii

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