Sorry, I don't know how else to describe this (as in the title). So have you all seen Lumosity's logged-in user page? Basically, it shows a calendar with today's date (Sunday, for example), and games to play for that date. Then, when you login the next day, it'll show that it is Tuesday, and it'll give a selection of games to play for Tuesday.

Is there a way to do this with ExpressionEngine, where you pull and display random content each day (different content every 24 hours) from a channel (pool of content)?

Or to make it even more complex, say we want to display 5 content entries. How do we pull 1 entry from 5 different channels, so that the 5 content entries we want to display are all of different types?


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You could build a simple add-on that extends the Channel Entry loop and sets the entry_id="" parameter based on the random ID's it grabs.

You could select the entry_ids to load with a method such as those found at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18346047/select-record-from-database-randomly-based-on-time

You can read about extending Channel Entries here: http://dmlogic.com/blog/extending-the-expression-engine-channel-module/

So your add-on may look like this

{exp:date_entries channel="games" limit="5"}
    <li>{title} - <a href="/game/play/{url_title}/">Play now &raquo;</a></li>

If you wanted to load from 5 different channels you could make your addon do that too by using a pipe delimiter so for example

{exp:date_entries channel="mind-games|trivia|technology|history|science|visual" limit="5"}

Your add-on would then run the SQL query against the channels listed above.

Let me know how you get on.

  • Great answer, thank you! It won't be while until I try this hopefully, but if I can get it to work, I'll add a comment.
    – Omar
    Mar 10, 2014 at 22:16

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