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How to Get Logged-in User’s Info in WordPress for Personalized Results

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Recently we showed you how to create a personalized experience for your users by allowing them save their favorite posts in a personalized library. You can take personalized results to another level by using their first name at places (i.e the welcome screen). Luckily, WordPress makes it really easy to get the logged-in user’s information. In this article we will show you how to retrieve information pertaining to the currently logged in user.

We will utilize get_currentuserinfo(); function. This could be used anywhere in your theme (header, footer, sidebar, page-template etc). In order for this to work the user must be logged-in. So we will need to use the conditional statement is_user_logged_in(). Example code:

<?php if ( is_user_logged_in() ) { ?>
    <!-- text that logged in users will see -->
<?php } else {   ?>
    <!-- here is a paragraph that is shown to anyone not logged in -->

<p>By <a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>/wp-register.php">registering</a>, you can save your favorite posts for future reference.</p>
<?php } ?>

Now for the logged_in users, we can show a custom message for instance, “Hey Syed, Everything is here, right where you hoped it would be”. The above code will turn into something like this:

<?php if ( is_user_logged_in() ) { ?>
    <!-- text that logged in users will see -->

<?php global $current_user; get_currentuserinfo(); ?>

<h1>Hi <?php echo $current_user->user_firstname; ?></h1>

<p>Everything is here, right where you hoped it would be :)</p>

<?php } else {   ?>
    <!-- here is a paragraph that is shown to anyone not logged in -->

<p>By <a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>/wp-register.php">registering</a>, you can save your favorite posts for future reference.</p>
<?php } ?>

The magic code that we added above is $current_user->user_firstname; which is working because the call to get_currentuserinfo() places the current user’s info into $current_user. You can use the similar method to get other information about the user such as their login, user ID, email, website etc.

Here is a sample usage of all information:

<?php global $current_user;

      echo 'Username: ' . $current_user->user_login . "
      echo 'User email: ' . $current_user->user_email . "
      echo 'User first name: ' . $current_user->user_firstname . "
      echo 'User last name: ' . $current_user->user_lastname . "
      echo 'User display name: ' . $current_user->display_name . "
      echo 'User ID: ' . $current_user->ID . "

Hope this helps. Combining this with the ability to add favorite posts, you can easily create a personalized experience.

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. S Meredith says

    Hi Syed,
    Fantastic site.
    It’s helped me a lot with understanding WP and editing my own site.
    My question is, once I’ve inserted the above function into my child themes functions.php, how would i create a shortcode so that I can then display this user information on a generic page?

    Are shortcodes the best way to allow this to be displayed on any page i’d like.

    For example, I have a static page that I would like to display ‘Welcome {user_name}’ and their profile picture.

  3. Pavan says

    I know nothing about php. I just want to show the username of my customer on TOP bar navgation, and from there he can access his account. How do I do that.

  4. Faruk says

    What if the user not logged in. Can the wordpress still send personalised email with his name? and if sa what is the variable and how?

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