XV Random Quotes


XV Random Quotes helps you collect and display random quotes everywhere on your blog. The plugin is so flexible that it can be used to display random words of all sorts: taglines, “leave a response” messages, footer or header sections etc.

It’s based on the work of previous (abandoned) plugins: Stray Quotes Z, which was based on top of Stray Quotes, which was based on top of ZombieRobot’s Random Quotes.

The main features:

  • As many widgets as you need, each with its individual set of options, to display one or more quotes from all or some categories, randomly or in sequence, with or without AJAX, etc.
  • AJAX automation so a reader of the blog can get another quote without reloading the page.
  • Optional automatic rotation of the quotes within a given interval of seconds.
  • Multiuser ready (contributors to the blog can access a limited version of the plugin, adding and managing their own sets of quotes)
  • Shortcodes that can be used to add one quote or series of quotes to your posts and pages. The shortcodes come with a set of individual options as well and, if needed, they can be extended to apply everywhere on the blog, allowing random words for the tagline, the category names, the post titles etc.
  • Template tags to add one or more quotes — random words in general — directly to the template pages. Template tags support many variables as well.
  • A Settings page to customize the appearance of the quotes with little or no knowledge of HTML.
  • A easy to use management page where even thousands of quotes can be handled easily, with bulk actions to change category, delete quotes and toggle visibility of many quotes at a time.
  • A bookmarklet to create quotes on the fly as you browse the web and find text worth quoting.
  • A help page where everything you need to know is explained.

See more cool things you can do with XV Random Quotes.



  • German, thanks to Markus Griesbach
  • Chinese, thanks to WGMking
  • Croatian, thanks to Rajic
  • Danish, thanks to Georg

Actually, these translations are not updated to the latest version.
I am looking for new localizers, all languages welcome!

Please note: the best way to submit new or updated translations is to send me a direct link to the localization files in the contact page of my website. This way the files are made available to the users sooner, and without waiting for a new release.

Please note: If you want to create a localized copy of XV Random Quotes, consider skipping the help page and translate the rest. This will save you quite some time. The help page has a lot of text.

Known Issues

  • Search keyword is reset when bulk actions are executed or display criteria is changed.
  • International button labels (search, reset) are not implemented.


  • How the management page works.
  • How to add a new quote.
  • A random quote in the sidebar.
  • Bulk editing in the Management page.
  • The bookmarklet in the Tools page.
  • The Settings page.
  • The widget options.


  1. Upload the content of stray-quotes.zip to a dedicated folder in your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin on the ‘Plugins’ page in WordPress.
  3. XV Random Quotes has its own menu. Check the overview page in “Quotes” > “Overview”. All the rest will come naturally.

Please note: If you are not automatically upgrading via WordPress, always deactivate the older version first and delete the old ‘stray-quotes’ folder. It is not normally necessary to backup the quotes in the database unless so advised in the changelog or on the plugin feed.


སྤྱི་ཟླ་བཞི་པ། 7, 2023
Thank you to the developer for this great little plugin. Using it on the latest WP (6.2) without any problems, despite the fact it hasn’t been updated in quite a while. I really hope you will continue to develop it, it’s the best Random Quote plugin that I could find after the one I was using was abandoned and had a security issue so I was forced to remove it and try this one – I’m glad I did as it’s excellent. Thanks again for all your hard work.
སྤྱི་ཟླ་དགུ་པ། 23, 2022 5 replies
Exactly what I wanted, in theory but unfortunately not compatible with my version of WP. 6.0.2 Shapely theme
སྤྱི་ཟླ་དང་པ། 25, 2017
I’ve been limping along with the ancient Random Quotes and Random Quotes Widget plugins, but RQ was getting ragged around the edges and finally failing to add a quote as of 4.7. XV Random Quotes started up the first time and did not wreck my quote collection, they’re all still there. The ancient Random Quotes Widget still works with it if needed, but XVRQ widget works perfectly in the sidebar. Thank you Xavi! It’s great when developers have compassion for users. The best WP plugins are made by people like you. carl.krall.org
སྤྱི་ཟླ་དགུ་པ། 3, 2016 2 replies
Wow, I wasted SO much time looking for a SIMPLE text rotation plugin. I am so glad I found this one. It is perfect for my needs. Other plugins add so much formatting or require extensive CSS to format properly. This one just shows the text! What a concept! It is actually a pretty feature rich plugin, and I won’t go into all the details here, but there is a lot more under the hood than meets the eye. Thank you for providing this plugin!
སྤྱི་ཟླ་དགུ་པ། 3, 2016 1 reply
All kind of errors happened after this plugin had been installed. After testing, this one really caused it. Which is a pity because I liked the features very much.
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“XV Random Quotes” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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