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Stray Random Quotes


Stray 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.
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 Stray 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 include a direct link to the localization files in a comment to this post. 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 Stray 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.


  • 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 to a dedicated folder in your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin on the ‘Plugins’ page in WordPress.
  3. Stray 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.


September 26, 2016
The plugin works most of the time, but if you have any problem, there will be no answer from the author. And as this is a really old plugin, the number of unresolved problems is significant.
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Contributors & Developers

“Stray Random Quotes” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Changed: the way locale files are loaded
  • Changed: the way the settings page has to check validity of the URLs (hopefully more accurate now)
  • Changed: it is now not mandatory to include the variables in author or source links on the settings page
  • Added: chapter in the Help page dedicated to solving potential HTTPS problems (thanks to Andy for helping with this).
  • Fixed: replacement of & char in the links (thanks to Ian for pointing this out)


  • Fixed: a small bug caused contributors not to be considered when using AJAX.


  • Added: when contributors are allowed to add and manage quotes, it is now possible to specify whether a widget, a shortcode or a tag should display quotes only from a given contributor. See the help page for more.
  • Changed: Widget layout.
  • Fixed: the link buttons for the author and source fields on the edit page would not work.

Read the complete changelog here.