How to redirect non-logged users requesting for a specific page/URL to another page/URL and display a message like "for members only". I know its quite easy to code using !is_user_logged_in() function but i don't know how to code it because i am a newbie to WordPress. Care to tell me the file to put the code also.


Here are 2 examples which you will need to modify slightly to get it working for your specific needs.

add_action( 'admin_init', 'redirect_non_logged_users_to_specific_page' );

function redirect_non_logged_users_to_specific_page() {

if ( !is_user_logged_in() && is_page('add page slug or ID here') && $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] != '/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php' ) {

wp_redirect( 'http://www.example.dev/page/' ); 

Put this in your child theme functions file, change the page ID or slug and the redirect url.

You could also use code like this:

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_to_specific_page' );

function redirect_to_specific_page() {

if ( is_page('slug') && ! is_user_logged_in() ) {

wp_redirect( 'http://www.example.dev/your-page/', 301 ); 

You can add the message directly to the page or if you want to display the message for all non logged in users, add it to the code.


  • Thanks for you answer I did like this add_action('template_redirect', 'redirect_to_specific_page'); function redirect_to_specific_page() { if ( is_page('http://mydomain.com/participate') && !is_user_logged_in()) { wp_redirect('http://mydomain.com/login', 301); exit; } } But its not working Jan 31 '14 at 9:15
  • Use the page i.d or slug here, not the url mydomain.com/participate codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags Jan 31 '14 at 9:22
  • is_page('participate') Jan 31 '14 at 9:23

This would be better:

if ( !is_user_logged_in() ) {

// continue as normal for authenticated users

What this does is redirect the user to the login page. Once logged in, the user is redirected back to the secure page they were trying to access initially.

Documentation here:



How can we tell you where to put it if you didn't tell us what and where you want to display it? Whole posts? Pages? Custom parts of pages? Sorry... I guess my crystal ball isn't quite working today.

Since you are, and I quote you: "a newbie to wordpress" you should rather learn, than to ask for direct answer.

As for where you should read the reference 1 link. This will tell you which file you need to put it in.

As for how to do it you should first read reference link 2 and 3.

Overall it should look something like this:

if ( is_user_logged_in() ) {
} else {
    echo 'For members only';

Of course the above code needs to go into a loop. You can build it up as complex or as simple as you want. For example instead of simple text if not logged in you can display whole sign up form for example or - as I would suggest - a divided screen where user can log in (since user can have an account but forgot to sign in) or sign up (if he doesn't have one).

  1. Template Hierarchy
  2. Conditional Tags
  3. The Loop

Added after comments below:

To redirect use header with the wp_login_url - again, check references 1 and 2 below:

if ( is_user_logged_in() ) {
} else {
    header('Location: ' . wp_login_url());


  1. Header - PHP
  2. wp_login_url
  • Actually i don't know the funtction on wordpress that returns the requested URL or permalink. And about the dispaly message, leave it, I want to just want to redirect them when they request for certain URL without being logged. Jan 31 '14 at 4:14
  • can I do it with $pagenow? Jan 31 '14 at 4:53
  • @user3187719 edited my original answer and added the solution to redirect. PS. $pagenow? You are trying to kill a fly with a cannon sure it will work, but why so complex? Keep it simple. PS2: Learn PHP and WP Codex.
    – Borek
    Jan 31 '14 at 15:17

You can't redirect to a specific page, but every non-logged-in user will be redirected to Log-In Screen.

<?php auth_redirect(); ?>

Wordpress Reference: auth_redirect()

Just to mention another solution.

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