WireArray::findRandomTimed() method

Find a quantity of random elements from this WireArray based on a timed interval (or user provided seed).

If no $seed is provided, today's date (day) is used to seed the random number generator, so you can use this function to rotate items on a daily basis.

Idea and implementation provided by mindplay.dk


// Get same 3 random items per day
$randomItems = $items->findRandomTimed(3);

// Get same 3 random items per hour
$randomItems = $items->findRandomTimed('YmdH'); 


// basic usage
$items = $wireArray->findRandomTimed(int $num);

// usage with all arguments
$items = $wireArray->findRandomTimed(int $num, $seed = 'Ymd');



The amount of items to extract from the given list

seed (optional)int, string

Optionally provide one of the following:

  • A PHP date() format string.
  • A number used to see the random number generator.
  • The default is the PHP date format "Ymd" which makes it randomize once daily.

Return value

See Also

WireArray methods and properties

API reference based on ProcessWire core version 3.0.161

Twitter updates

  • New ProcessWire query expansion search operators can now add automatic word inflections and lemmatisation, enabling you to build even smarter search engines with ProcessWire. More
    3 July 2020
  • ProcessWire 3.0.161 adds support for selector operator stacking, enabling you automatically broaden searches in a single pages.find() call— More
    26 June 2020
  • ProcessWire 3.0.160 adds powerful new text-searching operators, bringing a new level of power to page-finding API calls, especially when it comes to search engine type queries. Post also includes a demo search engine where you can test it all out live— More
    19 June 2020

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #321
    In the 321st issue of ProcessWire Weekly we're going to check out the latest core updates, introduce two new third party modules, and check out a brand new site of the week. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 4 July 2020
  • Powerful new text-searching abilities in 3.0.160
    In ProcessWire 3.0.160 we’ve got some major upgrades and additions to our text-search abilities. This brings a whole new level of power to $pages->find() and similar API calls, especially when it comes to search engine type queries.
    Blog / 19 June 2020
  • Subscribe to weekly ProcessWire news

“…building with ProcessWire was a breeze, I really love all the flexibility the system provides. I can’t imagine using any other CMS in the future.” —Thomas Aull