the_author_meta( string $field = '', int|false $user_id = false )

Outputs the field from the user’s DB object. Defaults to current post’s author.

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Parameters Parameters


(string) (Optional) Selects the field of the users record. See get_the_author_meta() for the list of possible fields.

Default value: ''


(int|false) (Optional) User ID.

Default value: false

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/author-template.php

function the_author_meta( $field = '', $user_id = false ) {
	$author_meta = get_the_author_meta( $field, $user_id );

	 * The value of the requested user metadata.
	 * The filter name is dynamic and depends on the $field parameter of the function.
	 * @since 2.8.0
	 * @param string    $author_meta The value of the metadata.
	 * @param int|false $user_id     The user ID.
	echo apply_filters( "the_author_{$field}", $author_meta, $user_id );

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Version Description
2.8.0 Introduced.

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    Contributed by Codex

    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><?php printf( __( 'This author’s Twitter name is %s', 'textdomain' ), get_the_author_meta( 'twitter' ) ); ?></p>

    would return:

    This author’s Twitter name is WordPress

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