I believe I have a misunderstanding of what the global variable $current_user is exactly. I'm attempting to display the current user's email and name on a page using add_filter('the_content', 'my_function') and if two users click the button at the same time, you will see another user's information. I can reproduce this over and over. The code I'm using is below:

function my_function($content){
    $current_user = wp_get_current_user();
    $content .= "User Email: " . $current_user->user_email;
    return $content;

add_filter('the_content', 'my_function');

function my_function2($content){
    global $current_user;
    $content .= "User Email: " . $current_user->user_email;
    return $content;

What am I doing wrong? I've tried this in init action and results the same.


I also want to make sure that the method in which I'm creating a user is not causing the problem either. I use the standard WP login, but I redirect to my custom registration page which asks for basic info and then does the following to create a user. Is there anything wrong with this (or is it missing something that a normal WordPress user would have?):

$userdata = array(
                    'user_pass'         => $password,
                    'user_login'        => $email_1,
                    'user_nicename'     => $nickname,
                    'user_email'        => $email_1,
                    'display_name'      => $nickname,
                    'nickname'          => $nickname,
                    'first_name'        => $first_name_1,
                    'last_name'         => $last_name_1,
                    'description'       => NULL,
                    'rich_editing'      => 'true',
                    'user_registered'   => date("Y-m-d H:i:s"),
                    'role'              => 'ssm_user'

$user_id = wp_insert_user($userdata);
$user = new WP_User( $user_id );
  • 1
    Are all plugins disabled and all cache files deleted?
    – fuxia
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 2:43
  • No, there are other plugins activated and I don't know how to delete the cache files...how does one do that?
    – clockwiseq
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 2:54
  • What do you mean by "two users click the button at the same time"? I am not sure how that is possible except by using two different computers, and I tried that-- couldn't duplicate what you describe. Also, what button?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 2:56
  • toscho, I deactived all plugins except mine. testing now. And s_ha_dum, yes, I have 100's of users and they are all hitting the site at the same time (clicking menu items, options on my dashboards, etc.).
    – clockwiseq
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 3:01
  • toscho, after deactivating, I still get the wrong login information for my user. Any suggestions?
    – clockwiseq
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 3:38

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Before answering my own question, I would like to preface it with a very well-deserved thank you for all of your comments and suggestions. It led me to the root of the issue. @toscho, it was your comment that made me think about disabling the other plugins that were activated on the site. That narrowed it down to my plugin (which I thought was the culprit) and after multiple tests (on various servers besides my host), found out that the issue disappeared. Below was the solution (which was also suggested by @toscho):

I contacted my host (SmarterASP.Net - great group of guys by the way), and explained the situation, and they said that there was an output-caching option enabled on my site. They then proceeded to inform me of how to disable it and voila! Ghost-login issue has disappeared.

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