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On a multi author WordPress blog I need to show a list with more posts from the current author. The list is inside the Loop, so I can use <?php the_author_meta('first_name'); ?> <?php the_author_meta('last_name'); ?> and <?php the_author_meta('description'); ?>, but how to retrieve the user's posts?

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This will retrieve the posts of current author when used in the loop.

Put the following in your theme functions.php:

function my_get_display_author_posts() {
    global $authordata, $post;

    $authors_posts = get_posts( array( 'author' => $authordata->ID, 'post__not_in' => array( $post->ID ) ) );

    $output = '<ul>';
    foreach ( $authors_posts as $authors_post ) {
        $output .= '<li><a href="' . get_permalink( $authors_post->ID ) . '">' . apply_filters( 'the_title', $authors_post->post_title, $authors_post->ID ) . '</a></li>';
    $output .= '</ul>';

    return $output;

And add echo my_get_display_author_posts(); in your template file, within the loop where you want the posts displayed.

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thank you! That was the snippet I've searched. – Dimitar Jan 3 '11 at 19:06
Good answer and for users with performance in mind, you could wrap that functionality into an Ajax callback for fetching those posts on demand. – t31os Jan 4 '11 at 16:54
How would you use this outside of the loop? – user3231 Feb 16 '11 at 23:06

I think you can use the wordpress query_posts function for this. Take a look at http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/query_posts . This might not be enough to do what you need, but should get you started looking around the function reference.

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query_posts() shouldn't be used for anything other than modifying main Loop. For everything else there are get_posts() or WP_Query object. – Rarst Dec 31 '10 at 9:51
I thought in his question he said he was inside the loop. – benstraw Jan 2 '11 at 5:36

Use get_posts() with Author Parameters (they are in query_posts() documentation, but these two function mostly takes same arguments).

Do not use query_posts() for this, it's meant for modifying main page's Loop.

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I tried but without success, because this retrieves the posts from specific author. My list should show on a page with posts from many authors and I would like to show "more from this author" after/around each post of every author. – Dimitar Jan 1 '11 at 13:29
@Dimitar well the point kinda is retrieving post from specific author... If you need it several times - just retrieve several sets of post, providing different authors in parameters. – Rarst Jan 1 '11 at 19:03

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