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I am looking for something very simple but I'm not quite sure how to achieve this. I have been researching for the past 2-3 hours and gathered a lot of useful information. However, my knowledge in both PHP and WordPress isn't enough to do this from scratch.

What I need is the following:

  • When the user is not logged in, this HTML code should be displayed:

    <a href="#">Login</a>
  • When the user is logged in, the previous HTML code should be replaced with:

    <span>Welcome, *username*</span>
    <a href="actual-link-for-logging-out-the-user">Logout</a>

Could anyone please help me out. I'd really appreciate the help :)


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Those messages should be displayed where? –  s_ha_dum Jan 14 '13 at 5:04
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up vote 1 down vote accepted

You're going to want to use the is_user_logged_in() conditional tag to handle this.

global $current_user;

if ( is_user_logged_in() ) {
  echo "<span>Welcome $current_user->user_login</span>".
       "<a href='".wp_logout_url()."'>Logout</a>";
} else {
  echo '<a href="#">Login</a>';

Other functions referenced: wp_logout_url() & get_currentuserinfo()

FYI, all of this could easily be found on Google or in the WordPress Codex.

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+1 for the Answer as a whole, -0.5 for the FYI. Especially for beginners in a tech (like PHP or WordPress), it's not so easy to craft the correct search terms to find an answer to your problem. –  akTed Jan 14 '13 at 3:44
@AKTed: Give a man a fish, and all of that... –  Dan Jan 14 '13 at 4:40
Hey Dan, thanks a lot! You're awesome! That works perfectly and was exactly what I was looking for. –  Kaneda Jan 15 '13 at 16:36
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