We know, that is_admin() checks if current URL belongs to DASHBOARD (BUT it doenst check whether user is ADMIN).

So, I use this function to detect if administrator is logged in wordpress:

function is_admin_user(){
  require_once(ABSPATH.'wp-includes/pluggable.php'); return current_user_can('create_users'); //or 'manage_options'

however, that is not ideal solution. Does there exist any built-in function, like wp_is_administrator()?

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    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 17:06
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    What your code suggests is that you use some kinda bootstrap to laod WP functions outside WP but even in this case you can use what Howdy_McGee says -> see documenation
    – JMau
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 17:19

2 Answers 2


current_user_can will accept a role name but, sadly, the behavior with roles is not entirely consistent.

The following should work and is simpler than what you have, by a little bit.

$current_user = wp_get_current_user();
if (user_can( $current_user, 'administrator' )) {
  // user is an admin

It seems that the simplest way would in fact be to use current_user_can as such:

if( current_user_can( 'administrator' ) ){} // only if administrator

This seems like a duplicate.

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