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#1 2013-12-31 22:01:56

maruchan
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From: Ukiah, California
Registered: 2010-06-12
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Using article_custom to pick a single random article in the last year

I have a “Featured Article” sidebar, which is currently just picking a random article from my entire blog. What I’d like to do is make article_custom pick one random article from only those that were published in the last 365 days. Is this possible? I guess as a last resort I was thinking of using something like smd_query. I saw this post that seemed related, but the solutions don’t happen to work here, because I need to get a list of articles from the last year first, then just pick one from that list randomly. Otherwise I might not get any result.

Last edited by maruchan (2013-12-31 22:14:53)

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#2 2014-01-01 01:22:14

GugUser
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From: Quito (Ecuador)
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Re: Using article_custom to pick a single random article in the last year

<txp:article_custom section="blog" month="2013" limit="1" sort="rand()" form="your-form" />

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#3 2014-01-01 02:23:36

maruchan
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From: Ukiah, California
Registered: 2010-06-12
Posts: 583
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Re: Using article_custom to pick a single random article in the last year

Thanks GugUser, I thought about using that, too. But for example, I’d like to include articles from January 2014 if the current month is February 2014.

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#4 2014-01-01 05:24:45

maruchan
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From: Ukiah, California
Registered: 2010-06-12
Posts: 583
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Re: Using article_custom to pick a single random article in the last year

OK, here is my solution using smd_query:

<txp:smd_query query="SELECT Title, Image, url_title FROM txp_textpattern WHERE Section='articles' AND `Posted` >= CURDATE() - INTERVAL 1 YEAR AND status=4 ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 1">
  <div class="sidebar-article-image">
  <txp:images id="{Image}">
      <a href="<txp:site_url />articles/{url_title}?ref=sidebar-gallery-imglink" title="Read the article">
      <img src="<txp:site_url />timthumb.php?src=<txp:image_url />&w=260" alt="{Title} image" />
  </a>
    </txp:images>
    <h1>{Title}</h1>
    <p><a href="<txp:site_url />articles/{url_title}?ref=sidebar-gallery-textlink">Read the article now.</a></p>
</div> <!-- sidebar article image -->
</txp:smd_query>

Edit: The only thing I’m not sure about is what to do about articles that may be missing images. In this case, none of them are, but I might use smd_if or adi_variables or something like that to do some testing inside the query tags.

Last edited by maruchan (2014-01-01 05:46:19)

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