Is there a way that I can show the online status (Either online or offline) of the author of the post that a site visitor is viewing?

I imagine it's something to do with the Transients API (http://codex.wordpress.org/Transients_API) ? Unfortunately that's one aspect of Wordpress that is beyond me.

  • Not an answer but something to bear in mind if you don't get anywhere with this is that buddypress offers that functionality. You wouldn't necessarily have to use the other features of it but is a very easy check_is_user_online($user_id) built into functions. If no one else can help I could have a look deeper into the functions and work out how it does it. – Bysander Jul 8 '14 at 16:17
  • Sorry after just checking the functions I believe you do need buddypress for it to work as it uses the below line to work it out. if ( bp_has_members( ‘type=online&include=’.$user_id) ) – Bysander Jul 8 '14 at 16:24

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