Horizontal Random Post Widget for Blogger

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Do you want to have a random post that looks like a featured post slider? If yes, then you should check this widget out.

It appears just like the image shown below

Horizontal Random Post Widget for Blogger

Features for this widget
  • Easy to install. 
  • Horizontal appearance that looks like a feature post slider
  • Easy to customize
  • Thumbnail ready
  • Doesn't affect loading speed

Install this widget

1. Go to blogger.com account
2. Dashboard then click "layout"
3. Add gadget and select "HTML/Javascript" then copy and paste the following code below
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'> <style type="text/css"> #random-posts li{width:125px;height:150px;margin-right:12px;float:left;list-style:none;position:relative} #random-posts li:last-child{margin-right:0} #random-posts li img{width:125px;height:150px} #random-posts li img a{border:#333 solid 2px}; #random-posts li .isinyako{position:absolute;width:250px;top:-150px;z-index:2;background-color:#F0F0F0;padding:5px;font-size:90%;border-bottom:2px solid black;transition:all 0.6s cubic-bezier(1,2,0,0) 0s;-moz-transition:all 0.6s cubic-bezier(1,2,0,0) 0s;-webkit-transition:all 0.6s cubic-bezier(1,2,0,0) 0s;-o-transition:all 0.6s cubic-bezier(1,2,0,0) 0s;visibility:hidden;opacity:0} #random-posts li:last-child .isinyako{right:0} #random-posts li:hover .isinyako{top:-40px;opacity:1;visibility:visible} .isinyako span{font-size:90%;color:#B30B0B} .isinyako p{font-size:90%;} </style> <span class="glap"> <ul id="random-posts"> <script type="text/javaScript"> var rdp_numposts = 5; var rdp_snippet_length = 150; var rdp_info = 'no'; var rdp_comment = 'Comments'; var rdp_disable = 'Turn off comments'; var rdp_current = []; var rdp_total_posts = 0; var rdp_current = new Array(rdp_numposts); function totalposts(a){rdp_total_posts=a.feed.openSearch$totalResults.$t}document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="/feeds/posts/default?alt=json-in-script&max-results=0&callback=totalposts"><\/script>');function getvalue(){for(var b=0;b<rdp_numposts;b++){var d=false;var c=get_random();for(var a=0;a<rdp_current.length;a++){if(rdp_current[a]==c){d=true;break}}if(d){b--}else{rdp_current[b]=c}}}function get_random(){var a=1+Math.round(Math.random()*(rdp_total_posts-1));return a}; </script> <script type="text/javaScript"> function random_posts(n){a=location.href;y=a.indexOf("?m=0");for(var f=0;f<rdp_numposts;f++){var l=n.feed.entry[f];var m=l.title.$t;if("content" in l){var o=l.content.$t}else{if("summary" in l){var o=l.summary.$t}else{var o=""}}o=o.replace(/<[^>]*>/g,"");if(o.length<rdp_snippet_length){var k=o}else{o=o.substring(0,rdp_snippet_length);var b=o.lastIndexOf(" ");k=o.substring(0,b)+"&#133;"}for(var e=0;e<l.link.length;e++){if("thr$total" in l){var h=l.thr$total.$t+" "+rdp_comment}else{h=rdp_disable}if(l.link[e].rel=="alternate"){var d=l.link[e].href;if(y!=-1){d=d+"?m=0"}var g=l.published.$t;if("media$thumbnail" in l){var c=l.media$thumbnail.url}else{c="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-b9kfnZlObjc/UGxyCcbigjI/AAAAAAAAFd4/xPPqLCo9uCA/s1600/no_image.jpg"}}}document.write("<li>");document.write('<a href="'+d+'" rel="nofollow"><img alt="'+m+'" src="'+c+'"/></a>');document.write('<div class="isinyako"><h5>'+m+"</h5>");if(rdp_info=="yes"){document.write("<span>"+g.substring(8,10)+"/"+g.substring(5,7)+"/"+g.substring(0,4)+" - "+h+"</span>")}document.write("<p>"+k+"</p></div>");document.write('<div style="clear:both"></div></li>')}}getvalue();for(var i=0;i<rdp_numposts;i++){document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="/feeds/posts/default?alt=json-in-script&start-index='+rdp_current[i]+'&max-results=1&callback=random_posts"><\/script>')}; </script> </ul></span> <script type='text/javascript'> //<![CDATA[ function resizeThumb(e,b){var c=document.getElementById(e),d=c.getElementsByTagName("img");for(var a=0;a<d.length;a++){d[a].src=d[a].src.replace(/\/s72\-c/,"/s"+b+"-c");d[a].width=b;d[a].height=b}}resizeThumb("random-posts",120); //]]></script> </b:if>

4. After copying and pasting the code, put it below header or just above the footer just like shown on the image.


  • If you want to change the width and height just change this width:125px;height:150px.
  • To change the number of posts just replace this number 5;
  • To change the snippet just replace the value 150;


At first I have some trouble using this widget when I put it below header or just above the footer. The snippet is messing with the widget near it and it looks ugly. I tried reducing the snippet value to zero, it helps, but there are still some letters left.

My solution was putting a gap using an image that will blend between this widget and the widget above or below it. In my case, my template is white, so I downloaded a 728x90 pure white image and place it in between. Now it doesn't mess with the design.

[code source: www.growtechinfo.com]

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  1. @Blog Okulu

    Yes its kinda fuzzy, so that why you need to edit the widget not just copy and paste it the way it were

    1. Could you tell what i need to edit to make the thumbs not fuzzy ?

      btw great widget, the best i found so far.

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  6. there's only one problem with the thumbnails...they are out of focus, why?

  7. Nice I am now using in my blog- DEMO really thanks


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