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I am currently calling a user's nicename in a function I have:

   $users = $user_query->get_results();  
   foreach( $users as $user ):    
   echo $user->user_nicename; 

I'm trying to call the user's Nickname instead, but nothing I do is working such as:

    echo $user->user_nickname;

Is there a special way you have to call a user's nickname?


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What does $user_query->get_results() return? – Chip Bennett May 21 '12 at 14:50

If you want to query all users, try using the get_users() function. Note that this function returns an array:

$users = get_users();

foreach( $users as $user ) {
    echo $user['user_nicename'];
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I have a custom code that provides a list of users based on certain criteria, but I am just not able to successfully call (and display) the user's nickname instead of their nicename. – Teddy May 21 '12 at 14:26
How are we supposed to answer/help, without seeing this "custom code"? – Chip Bennett May 21 '12 at 14:37
I didn't think the code itself was really relevant, I was just asking in general for how to call a user's nickname. – Teddy May 21 '12 at 14:55
Okay, now I'm confused. :) If the code itself isn't really relevant, why did you bring it up? – Chip Bennett May 21 '12 at 15:41
I think I'm confused too... ;) Your original reply mentioned querying all users, which I am not doing. I am just trying to change the way my query displays on my page (using nickname instead of nicename) so that a user's first and last name will appear. – Teddy May 21 '12 at 16:22


echo the_author_meta( 'nickname', $current_user->ID );

or you can also use;

$current_user = wp_get_current_user();
echo $current_user->nickname ;
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Please explain how to use this with the OP's code. – s_ha_dum Sep 5 '13 at 13:08

If you want to display the authors nickname you can simply use the following code inside your loop:


When you're trying to display the currently logged in user, you can use:

echo $current_user->nickname;
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Please explain how this would work. Chances are it will take more than the lines of code you posted. – s_ha_dum Sep 5 '13 at 13:06
If you paste the following codes in your theme it would work. It does not take more lines to get it to work. – Cas van Dongen Sep 5 '13 at 13:23
Really? How do you avoid the "undefined variable" and "trying to get a property of a non-object" Notices? – s_ha_dum Sep 5 '13 at 13:32

This is impossible to answer without seeing your code but there is no user_nickname in the $wpdb->users table and no user_nickname key in the $wpdb->usermeta table by default.

Assuming that $users is a user object then:

$users = $user_query->get_results();  
foreach( $users as $user ) {  
   echo get_user_meta($user->ID,'nickname',true); 

Should get you the user nickname.

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