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Get author nickname in wordpress

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webapps Lab
May 31, 2021

WordPress allows displaying the author’s nickname instead of the real name.

The actual and non-deprecated WordPress function for display is get_the_author_meta.

To output the nickname, the field value of nickname passes to get_the_author_meta

This function is able to retrieve various data relating to the author.

Check other usages here: How to get Author email

Here are some ways to get an author’s nickname in WordPress.

Method 1: using nickname field.

$theAuthorNickName = get_the_author_meta('nickname');

The shortcode displays the current username.

This means you will implement it inside the loop that iterates the posts.

For example.

<?php if(have_posts():?>

<?php while(have_posts(): the_post(); ?>

$theAuthorNickName = get_the_author_meta('nickname');

<h2><?php echo $theAuthorNickName ;?></h2>

<?php endwhile;?>

<?php endif?>

The name is displayed using heading level 2

<h2><?php echo $theAuthorNickName ;?></h2>

The function returns a string value that needs echoing to print the name on the page.

If you have experience with WordPress you already know the difference function starts with  “get_” and these start with “the”

Method 2: Using the user_nicename field.

The user_nicename argument to get_the_author_meta sets out the author’s email as a nickname.

It doesn’t take the entire email but it omits some character specifically the “@” character.

For example, assume the author’s email is author@webapplabs.com the nickname will be authorwebapplabs-com.

Here is how to implement user_nicename to set the author nickname.

$theAuthorNickName2 = get_the_author_meta('user_nicename');

To show the name, the echo keyword is to be used.

<?php echo $theAuthorNickName2; ?>

user_nicename is similar to user_login but they are different.

Learn more here user_nicename vs user_login

Don’t forget to the nickname snippet inside a loop.

Method 3: Using the display_name field value

The display name field shows the user login name.

For example, a user login name is myNickname.

display_name outputs myNickname when the is passed to get_the_author_meta.


$theUserName = get_the_author_meta('display_name');

echo $theUserName;


Display First Name and Last Name

It is possible to set the nicknames to both two sets.

In fact, a get_user_meta can write the author’s first name and the last name.

The function needs the author’s ID before taking the author’s names.

$theUserAuthorId = get_the_author_meta('ID');

To get the author’s first name get_user_meta uses the first_name key.

For the last name, it uses the last_name key.

$authorFirstName = get_user_meta ($theUserAuthorId,'first_name');

$authorLastName = get_user_meta ($theUserAuthorId, 'last_name');

Yous should echo these values

echo $authorFirstName;

echo $authorLastName;

How to link author nickname

Normally author real names display with a link but not the nickname.

There is a convenient way to create an author’s nickname URL in a single post or on any page.

You will link the nickname by implementing get_the_author_posts_url.

To know the right author URL get_the_author_meta has to provide the author ID.

This a full implementation.

<a href = <?php echo get_the_author_posts_url ( get_the_author_meta ('ID')); ?> >

<?php echo get_the_author_meta ('nickname'); ?>



Generally there straightway forward to retrieve the author’s nickname.

get_the_author_meta can be filled with constant variable ‘nickname’

For the author who has at least two names, get_user_meta can offer these names easily after receiving first_name and last_name keywords.

It is recommended to the user a non-deprecated function to retrieve the nickname.

get_author_name is a WordPress deprecated function that can display the author name.

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