I am having a problem with an if statement which I have now tested many times over.

        $user_query = new WP_User_Query( array( 'role' => 'Subscriber' ) );

        if ( !empty( $user_query->results ) ) {
            foreach ( $user_query->results as $user ) {

                echo $user->province . '<br/>'; // this outputs the province as expected, i.e. Free State

                if ($user->province == 'Free State') { // This does not return true, even though the echo above works
                    echo '<strong>' . $user->company_name . '</strong> <br/>';
                    echo $user->town. '<br/>';
                    echo $user->province. '<br/>';

        } else {
            echo 'There are currently no photographers for this region.';


I basically only wanting to show photographers in a certain province. Many thanks.

  • I see there isn't a correct closing parenthesis for "foreach" loop, can you please verify this – Maruti Mohanty Apr 10 '14 at 7:02
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    @MarutiMohanty, fixed it. Copy and paste issue – SixfootJames Apr 10 '14 at 8:46
  • It happens, use a better editor/IDE to avoid anything such in future. – Maruti Mohanty Apr 10 '14 at 8:49
  • have you checked that $user->province does not have any unwanted space characters? – Michael Apr 10 '14 at 14:34
  • How do I check that @Michael? Other than echoing out the output? I do see in the developer toolbar that Free State is wrapped in quotes like this "Free State" – SixfootJames Apr 11 '14 at 6:08

Try changing this:

if ($user->province == 'Free State') {


if ($user->province === 'Free State') {
  • How will this make a difference? – RRikesh Apr 10 '14 at 6:11
  • I've had unexpected results on strings using == and tend to use === in such instances. On 2nd thoughts, it would be more likely to work with == than === so apologies for that. Do you have any other suggestions? – TomC Apr 10 '14 at 6:39
  • It's good practice to use === as it also checks for the type of that variable. But for non empty strings it won't make any difference. stackoverflow.com/questions/1281664/… – RRikesh Apr 10 '14 at 6:47
  • Thanks Tom but that didn't work :/ – SixfootJames Apr 10 '14 at 8:45

First I would make sure the output on the echo is exactly as you suspect by wrapping it in <pre> tags, then viewing source on the front end to make sure there are no other special characters involved.

I notice that this post, http://tommcfarlin.com/wp_user_query/ uses $user_query->get_results(); instead of $user_query->results; maybe give that a try?

I've always had problems with doing if statements by name and where possible use id's instead. But it doesn't sound like that is possible here :/

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