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I've created a front-end "edit profile" template. When I input a value into the nickname text box only the nickname is updated. The default WordPress forum has a select menu that allows/requires the user to select their display_name (a text box for the nickname, a select menu for the display_name).

My form doesn't do this because I can't figure out a means of forcing the nickname to update the display_name additionally (i.e. I have a text box for the nickname but not a select menu for the display_name - I want to automate this).

display_name is stored in the 'users' table. nickname is stored in the 'users_meta' table.

Code for saving:

/* Get user info. */
global $current_user, $wp_roles;

/* Load the registration file. */
require_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/registration.php' );

/* If profile was saved, update profile. */
if ( 'POST' == $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] && !empty( $_POST['action'] ) && $_POST['action'] == 'update-user' ) {

    /* Update user password. */
    if ( !empty($_POST['pass1'] ) && !empty( $_POST['pass2'] ) ) {
        if ( $_POST['pass1'] == $_POST['pass2'] )
            wp_update_user( array( 'ID' => $current_user->id, 'user_pass' => esc_attr( $_POST['pass1'] ) ) );
            $error = __('The passwords you entered do not match.  Your password was not updated.', 'profile');

    /* Update user information. */
    if ( !empty( $_POST['url'] ) )
        update_usermeta( $current_user->id, 'user_url', esc_url( $_POST['url'] ) );
    if ( !empty( $_POST['email'] ) )
        update_usermeta( $current_user->id, 'user_email', esc_attr( $_POST['email'] ) );
    if ( !empty( $_POST['first-name'] ) )
        update_usermeta( $current_user->id, 'first_name', esc_attr( $_POST['first-name'] ) );
    if ( !empty( $_POST['last-name'] ) )
        update_usermeta($current_user->id, 'last_name', esc_attr( $_POST['last-name'] ) );
    if ( !empty( $_POST['description'] ) )
        update_usermeta( $current_user->id, 'description', esc_attr( $_POST['description'] ) );

   if ( !empty( $_POST['display_name'] ) )
        update_usermeta($current_user->id, 'display_name', esc_attr( $_POST['display_name'] ) );
   if ( !empty( $_POST['memberlocation'] ) )
        update_usermeta($current_user->id, 'memberlocation', esc_attr( $_POST['memberlocation'] ) );
   if ( !empty( $_POST['skype'] ) )
        update_usermeta($current_user->id, 'skype', esc_attr( $_POST['skype'] ) );

    /* Redirect so the page will show updated info. */
    if ( !$error ) {
        wp_redirect( get_permalink() );

global $wpdb;

global $current_user;
$current_user = wp_get_current_user();

$user_id = wp_get_current_user();
$nickname = 'testname';
update_user_meta($user_id, 'nickname', $nickname);



Code for form:

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
        <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
            <div class="entry-content entry">
                <?php the_content(); ?>
                <?php if ( !is_user_logged_in() ) : ?>
                        <p class="warning">
                            <?php _e('You must be logged in to edit your profile.', 'profile'); ?>
                        </p><!-- .warning -->
                <?php else : ?>
                    <?php if ( $error ) echo '<p class="error">' . $error . '</p>'; ?>
                    <form method="post" id="adduser" action="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">

                        <p class="form-nickname">
                            <label for="nickname"><?php _e('Add display name *', 'profile'); ?></label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="nickname" type="text" id="nickname" value="<?php the_author_meta( 'nickname', $current_user->id ); ?>" />
                        </p><!-- .form-memberlocation -->

                        <p class="form-email">
                            <label for="email"><?php _e('E-mail *', 'profile'); ?></label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="email" type="text" id="email" value="<?php the_author_meta( 'user_email', $current_user->id ); ?>" />
                        </p><!-- .form-email -->
                        <p class="form-memberlocation">
                            <label for="memberlocation"><?php _e('Member Location *', 'profile'); ?></label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="memberlocation" type="text" id="memberlocation" value="<?php the_author_meta( 'memberlocation', $current_user->id ); ?>" />
                        </p><!-- .form-memberlocation -->
                        <p class="form-url">
                            <label for="url"><?php _e('Website', 'profile'); ?></label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="url" type="text" id="url" value="<?php the_author_meta( 'user_url', $current_user->id ); ?>" />
                        </p><!-- .form-url -->
                        <p class="form-password">
                            <label for="pass1"><?php _e('Password *', 'profile'); ?> </label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="pass1" type="password" id="pass1" />
                        </p><!-- .form-password -->
                        <p class="form-password">
                            <label for="pass2"><?php _e('Repeat Password *', 'profile'); ?></label>
                            <input class="text-input" name="pass2" type="password" id="pass2" />
                        </p><!-- .form-password -->
                        <p class="form-textarea">
                            <label for="description"><?php _e('Biographical Information', 'profile') ?></label>
                            <textarea name="description" id="description" rows="3" cols="50"><?php the_author_meta( 'description', $current_user->id ); ?></textarea>
                        </p><!-- .form-textarea -->
                        <p class="form-submit">
                            <?php echo $referer; ?>
                            <input name="updateuser" type="submit" id="updateuser" class="submit button" value="<?php _e('Update', 'profile'); ?>" />
                            <?php wp_nonce_field( 'update-user' ) ?>
                            <input name="action" type="hidden" id="action" value="update-user" />
                        </p><!-- .form-submit -->
                    </form><!-- #adduser -->
                    <?php endif; ?>
                </div><!-- .entry-content -->
            </div><!-- .hentry .post -->
            <?php comments_template( '', true ); ?>
            <?php endwhile; ?>
        <?php else: ?>
            <p class="no-data">
                <?php _e('Sorry, no page matched your criteria.', 'profile'); ?>
            </p><!-- .no-data -->
        <?php endif; ?>

My question

How do I force the display_name to be updated whenever the nickname is updated in my custom page template?

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I don't have time to test your code and respond, just wanted to take a moment and say this is a good example of a well formed question, and as such is worthy of the upvote i gave it.. – t31os Dec 3 '11 at 14:59

I'm not 100% sure if I follow the logic of your question. But this is probably what you need:

if ( !empty( $_POST['nickname'] ) ) {
    wp_update_user( array ('ID' => $current_user->id, 'display_name' => esc_attr( $_POST['nickname'] ) ) ) ;
    update_user_meta($current_user->id, 'nickname', esc_attr( $_POST['nickname'] ) );
    update_user_meta($current_user->id, 'display_name', esc_attr( $_POST['nickname'] ) );

Attention: update_usermeta has been deprecated and you should use update_user_meta.

Also, I really don't know why there is a display_name in both tables, wp_users and wp_users_meta, but I guess this deserves a question of its own.

I believe this lines in your code are for testing or some left over, as I can't see their usefulness and the $current_user/$user_id part is plainly wrong...

global $wpdb;

global $current_user;
$current_user = wp_get_current_user();

$user_id = wp_get_current_user();
$nickname = 'testname';
update_user_meta($user_id, 'nickname', $nickname);
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