Magento: featured items

./app/design/frontend/default/default/template/catalog/product/featured.phtml

<?php
$categoryId = 2228;

$catagory_model = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($categoryId);
$collection = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_collection');
$collection->addCategoryFilter($catagory_model);
$collection->addAttributeToFilter('status', 1);
// $collection->addAttributeToSelect(array('name','url','small_image')); //add product attribute to be fetched
$collection->getSelect()->order('rand()');   
$collection->addStoreFilter();
$collection->setPageSize(1);
$collection->setCurPage(1);

if(!empty($collection)) {
    foreach ($collection as $_product) {
    $_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->setStoreId($this->store_id)->load($_product->getId());   
?>
    
<?php
    }
}
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Create cms page
Admin > CMS > Pages > Add new page
Page Title: featured
URL Key: featured
Content: {{block type="featured/featured" name="product_featured" as="product_featured" template="catalog/product/featured.phtml"}}

view on other page

<?php
    $html = file_get_contents("http://www.YOUR_SERVER.com/featured");
    $offerSku1 = preg_replace("/.*]*>|<\/sku>.*/si", "", $html);
    echo preg_replace("/.*]*>|<\/body>.*/si", "", $html);
?>


<?php
    // exclude same sku
    do {
        $html = file_get_contents("http://www.YOUR_SERVER.com/featured");
        $offerSku2 = preg_replace("/.*]*>|<\/sku>.*/si", "", $html);
    } while ($offerSku1 == $offerSku2);
    echo preg_replace("/.*]*>|<\/body>.*/si", "", $html);
?>
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Links
http://inchoo.net/ecommerce/magento/featured-products-on-magento-frontpage/