WP_Query 'orderby' => 'rand' isn't working for a custom post type

igloobob
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Hello,

can anyone please advise why this is not working? It is just showing the same post each page refresh rather than a new random one from the list.

<?php $loop = new WP_Query( array(
'post_type' => 'testimonials',
'posts_per_page' => 1,
'orderby' => 'rand' ) );
?>

<?php while( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); ?>

<div class="quote_bubble"><?php the_content(); ?></div>										

<div class="speech_bubble_credit"><?php the_field('testimonial_name'); ?><br />

<?php the_field('testimonial_job_company'); ?>, <?php the_field('testimonial_company'); ?></div>

<?php endwhile; wp_reset_query(); ?>

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This is just displaying the first post I added to the site again and again every time page is refreshed too if that is of any use in trying to establish the problem.

Any ideas anyone please?

Thanks!
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.

Commented:
Where are you hosted? Some ISPs disable the rand function because it takes too many resources.

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Commented:
hosted on WP Engine
Don't talk to me.
Commented:
Thought so!

WP Engine does disables rand.  Log in as administrator and go to the WP Engine tab for the site.  There should be a checkbox to re-enable it.

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Aha! Thanks that's sorted it! Thought I was going mad, as I was sure this exact loop was working on the dev version of the site before migrating to WPE!

Thanks!

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