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Adds a custom way of ordering products, in this example it's 'random' product ordering. This can also be set to be used as default via the Catalog tab in WooCommerce settings.
add_filter( 'woocommerce_get_catalog_ordering_args', 'custom_woocommerce_get_catalog_ordering_args' );
function custom_woocommerce_get_catalog_ordering_args( $args ) {
$orderby_value = isset( $_GET['orderby'] ) ? woocommerce_clean( $_GET['orderby'] ) : apply_filters( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby', get_option( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby' ) );
if ( 'random_list' == $orderby_value ) {
$args['orderby'] = 'rand';
$args['order'] = '';
$args['meta_key'] = '';
return $args;
add_filter( 'woocommerce_default_catalog_orderby_options', 'custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby' );
add_filter( 'woocommerce_catalog_orderby', 'custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby' );
function custom_woocommerce_catalog_orderby( $sortby ) {
$sortby['random_list'] = 'Random';
return $sortby;

erichopf commented Sep 4, 2013

I'm a php nob. Could you enlighten me as to what file this code is supposed to be added to? The php file uploaded and then use a hook in another file for wc settings? Any info on the right direction would be appreciated.

Thanks @coenjacobs! -- Hey @erichopf, put that code without the PHP tags in your functions.php file of your template.

The random products snippet isn’t working correctly with pagination, since it resets at every new page.

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