I have the following code on index.php and I want to include this line of code (bellow) to display author info on top of the loop.

 <?php include 'author-top.php'; ?><!--author-->

I want it to display right after the header as shows here

<?php get_header(); ?>
<!--This is where I want my author div to display-->
<?php include 'author-top.php'; ?><!--author-->
    <div id="primary" class="content-area">

        <div id="content" class="site-content-home" role="main">                
        <?php if ( is_home() && ! is_paged() ) : ?>
            <h2 class="site-description"><?php bloginfo( 'description' ); ?></h2>
        <?php endif; ?>
        <?php if ( have_posts() ) : ?>

                  <?php /* Start the Loop */ ?>

                  <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

                <?php get_template_part( 'content', 'home' );

            <?php endwhile; ?>

            <?php spun_content_nav( 'nav-below' ); ?>

        <?php elseif ( current_user_can( 'edit_posts' ) ) : ?>

            <?php get_template_part( 'no-results', 'index' ); ?>

        <?php endif; ?>
        </div><!-- #content .site-content -->
    </div><!-- #primary .content-area -->

This is what I get: http://gyazo.com/4154248fa37c84f9cb8f52871f186723.png

When I try to use the same 'php include' somewhere else at the bottom of the index.php code everything seems to work well. The problem is I need it on the top so it shows on the top on the small screens.

Is it anything I'm doing wrong? or it is that wordpress doesnt allow to do use 'php includes' in there and if so why not.

This is the content inside author-top.php

<!-- get author bio **RAUL -->
<!-- This is the author info displayed at the top of each page -->
<div id="author-bio">
    <div class="author-image"><?php echo get_avatar( get_the_author_email(), '80' ); ?></div>
    <div class="author-txt">
        <h2 class="author-name" id="clickme"><?php the_author(); ?></h2>
        <p class="toggle author-description"><?php the_author_description(); ?></br>
        <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/raulmvicente"><img class="author-social" src="http://www.webleria.com/wp-content/themes/spun/images/linkedin_circle_color.png"></a>
        <a href="http://www.twitter.com/raulmvicente"><img class="author-social" src="http://www.webleria.com/wp-content/themes/spun/images/twitter_circle_color.png"></a>
        <a href="https://plus.google.com/116575236589076788314?rel=author"><img class="author-social" src="http://www.webleria.com/wp-content/themes/spun/images/google_circle_color.png"></a></p>

    $('#clickme').click(function() { $( '.toggle' ).animate({ "height": "toggle", "opacity": "toggle" }, "slow" )});
  • 2
    What is the content of author-top.php? It might rely on variables not available before the loop start.
    – fuxia
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:06
  • Thanks toscho. Im not sure what you mean. I have added the code inside author-top.php to the question. I dont think there is any variable in there. Also I have to mention I have the same problem adding the author-top.php just after get_header()
    – Raul
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:36
  • 1
    What if you use <?php get_template_part( 'author', 'top' ); ?>? Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:46
  • Hi Mayeenul. I just tried and I got the same result. It doesnt display.
    – Raul
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 9:00
  • Where does the author-top.php file reside, in relation to the rest of the Theme files? Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 12:05

3 Answers 3


I will answer my own question here.

The reason the user information didn't display is because the php tags need the author ID when used outside the loop.

For instance the following tag:

<?php the_author(); ?>

Should be like this:

<?php the_author_meta('display_name', 1); ?>

This is explain quite well here.

Now the code works just fine.

  • If you had better read the first comment by @toscho you would have solved the problem few minutes after publish question
    – gmazzap
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 13:30
  • Please edit your question to make the question title and content more accurately reflect the actual issue/problem being solved. Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 12:12
  • @G.M. I didn't get the meaning in the first comment by toscho. I'm not too familiar with wordpress yet and the answer looked to technical but yeah it was correct.
    – Raul
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 11:59
  • @ChipBennett I have already changed the title.
    – Raul
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 12:00
  • @BradDaltron answered it and then you just copied that. You should acept his answer as the correct one though.
    – AndrewL64
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 6:20

If you're on a single page you can just use the post_author's id. You can write: the_author_meta('display_name', $post->post_author ); that worked just fine for me. That way you don't have to hard code the id.


A user ID must be specified if used outside The Loop.

Try this in author-top.php

<?php get_the_author_meta( $field, $userID ); ?> 

Must include the user ID.

Source http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_the_author_meta

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