Here's my Query... I'm looking to narrow this query down to users of one specific role ("meta_key = 'wp_capabilities' AND meta_value = 'employee'")...how do I add that additional conditional to this string?

$get_users = "SELECT * FROM $wpdb->users
SELECT user_id FROM $wpdb->usermeta
WHERE meta_key = '$meta_key'
AND meta_value LIKE '%$search%'
) ORDER BY user_nicename ASC LIMIT 10000";

Thanks in advance...

  • Any reason why you don't can use WP_User_Query with Custom Field Parameters for this? Dec 19, 2013 at 8:54
  • I want to be able to search a partial match. For example: If I'm searching a username and I know what it begins with but not what it ends with I can search for part of it and get results. Dec 19, 2013 at 9:16

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WordPress Provides a native functions to query these kind of things very easily like WP_User_Query

$args = array(
    'meta_query' => array(
        'relation' => 'AND',
            'key'     => $meta_key1,
            'value'   => $search1,
            'compare' => 'LIKE'
            'key'     => $meta_key2,
            'value'   => $search2,
            'compare' => '='
$user_query = new WP_User_Query( $args );
  • It doesn't allow me to use partial matches "%$search%" as far as I know... Dec 19, 2013 at 9:14
  • 1
    @D3XT3R It should allow you to do partial matching. That is what Bainternet is trying to show by the using like. For $search1 parameter you could have something like \'\%ABC\%\' where the backslash is the escape character in php.
    – sri
    Dec 19, 2013 at 10:01
  • Ahhh @sri and @bainternet! I completely missed that addition. Thank you very much! Awesome! Dec 19, 2013 at 13:56

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