Function Reference/the author meta

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The the_author_meta Template Tag displays the desired meta data for a user. If this tag is used within The Loop, the user ID value need not be specified, and the displayed data is that of the current post author. A user ID can be specified if this tag is used outside The Loop.

If the meta field does not exist, nothing is printed.

NOTE: Use get_the_author_meta() if you need to return (not display) the information.


%%% <?php the_author_meta( $field, $userID ); ?> %%%


(string) Field name for the data item to be displayed. Valid values:
  • user_login
  • user_pass
  • user_nicename
  • user_email
  • user_url
  • user_registered
  • user_activation_key
  • user_status
  • display_name
  • nickname
  • first_name
  • last_name
  • description
  • jabber
  • aim
  • yim
  • user_level
  • user_firstname
  • user_lastname
  • user_description
  • rich_editing
  • comment_shortcuts
  • admin_color
  • plugins_per_page
  • plugins_last_view
  • ID
(integer) If the user ID fields is used, then this function display the specific field for this user ID.


Display the Author's AIM screenname

Displays the value in the author's AIM (AOL Instant Messenger screenname) field.

<p>This author's AIM address is <?php the_author_meta('aim'); ?></p>

Display a User Email Address

Displays the email address for user ID 25.

<p>The email address for user id 25 is <?php the_author_meta('user_email',25); ?></p>

Advanced Uses

A plugin may add an additional field in the registration or manage users, which adds a new value in the wp_usermeta (where wp_ is your data base prefix. For this example we will use a Twitter ID if a plugin set meta_key value to "twitter" and meta_value to "wordpress" then

<p>This author's Twitter name is <?php the_author_meta('twitter'); ?></p>

would return

<p>This author's Twitter name is wordpress</p>

Change Log

Since: 2.8.0

Source File

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