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I have a function that redirects users to the login page (home) if they're trying to access any other page without being logged in, here's how it works:

function restrict_access_if_logged_out(){
    if (!is_user_logged_in() && !is_home()){
        wp_redirect( get_option('home') );
add_action( 'wp', 'restrict_access_if_logged_out', 3 );

Really simple and works fine, the problem is that is that I need to redirect them to the url they were trying to go to after they successfully log in, exactly like the WordPress backend works.

Is there a way to do this? Thanks in advance!

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4 Answers 4

You can do that easily. You just need to specify a redirection parameter. If you are using a login link on the homepage to go to the login page, then @sisir's solution is correct.

<?php echo wp_login_url( $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"] ); ?>

If you are using a custom form on the frontpage, then inside the <form>, make sure you fill in a hidden field with the url to redirect

<input type="hidden" name="redirect_to" value="<?php echo $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]; ?>" />

And if you are using wp_login_form() to generate the form, then fill in a parameter - http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_login_form

$args = array(
        'echo' => true,
        'redirect' => site_url( $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] ), 
        'form_id' => 'loginform',
        'label_username' => __( 'Username' ),
        'label_password' => __( 'Password' ),
        'label_remember' => __( 'Remember Me' ),
        'label_log_in' => __( 'Log In' ),
        'id_username' => 'user_login',
        'id_password' => 'user_pass',
        'id_remember' => 'rememberme',
        'id_submit' => 'wp-submit',
        'remember' => true,
        'value_username' => NULL,
        'value_remember' => false );

wp_login_form( $args );

Change other parameters as per what you have or need.

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thanks mate. helped me shortend stuff –  Sagive SEO Jul 3 '12 at 22:34
i am using custom form, and i am using your provided hidden field solution, but in my case i am being redirected to url like this 'localhost/wordpress/localhost/wordpress/blog/someone'. any help? –  rafi Feb 6 at 6:15
i have got this, i am using double slash. so my solution is like this <?php echo '//' . $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]; ?> –  rafi Feb 6 at 6:19

Try passing the_permalink() as the $redirect argument:

function restrict_access_if_logged_out(){
    if (!is_user_logged_in() && !is_home()){
        wp_redirect( the_permalink() );
add_action( 'wp', 'restrict_access_if_logged_out', 3 );


Sorry, misunderstood your question originally. Try this:

function restrict_access_if_logged_out(){
    if (!is_user_logged_in() && !is_home()){
        $redirect = home_url() . '/wp-login.php?redirect_to=' . urlencode( $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] );
        wp_redirect( $redirect );
add_action( 'wp', 'restrict_access_if_logged_out', 3 );

Note also: proper usage of wp_redirect() generally requires adding exit;, which I have added to my second example.

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That doesn't make any sense, the redirect needs to go to home, that's working fine I need some way to catch the original url and redirect the user there once he logs in. –  javiervd Apr 30 '11 at 5:12
Sorry, misunderstood your question originally. I've added an edit that hopefully addresses your use case. –  Chip Bennett Apr 30 '11 at 12:34
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Thanks all, I kind of used a bit of what everyone recommended so in the end my code looks like this:

function restrict_access_if_logged_out(){
    if (!is_user_logged_in() && !is_home()){
        wp_redirect( get_option('home') . '?redirect_to=' . esc_url($_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]) );
add_action( 'wp', 'restrict_access_if_logged_out', 3 );

And on my login form (I'm hardcoding my login form in my aplication thanks @Ashfame for letting me know about wp_login_form I had no idea it existed) I added this when user credentials are fine and they're ready to login:

if (isset($_REQUEST['redirect_to'])){
} else {
    wp_redirect(get_bloginfo('url') . '/groups/');

Thanks a lot for your help, I voted up everyone!

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Hi Javier, in which file did you add these functions? Thanks. –  Tyler Durden Aug 24 '12 at 10:09
In functions.php –  javiervd Aug 25 '12 at 20:40
You should call exit() or die() after wp_redirect(). Otherwise it's possible that code after wp_redirect() will execute, which can lead to bugs and security vulnerabilities. –  Ian Dunn Nov 6 '12 at 17:21

this is my code that i use people to direct to wp login page. Then when logged in they returned back to where they were. But it is not home page but the wordpress login page where i setup custom login.

<?php echo wp_login_url( $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]) ?>

You might wanna research with. Typically you will get the current url of a user by $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]

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