I am struggling with this little problem. I have a user profile page and I want to change some of the content based on whether it is my own profile og someone elses. This is my code to add a shortcode which eventually will call other shortcodes.

function is_mine_func() {
if (is_author() ) {
    echo 'it is my site';
   // echo do_shortcode('[wpfepp_submission_form form="2"]' );
        echo 'its not your site';
    //echo do_shortcode('[userpro template=postsbyuser postsbyuser_mode=grid]' );
add_shortcode( 'minminmin', 'is_mine_func' ); 

I have a feeling that is_author is not the right way to do so since I always get the 'its not your site' message no matter if I am the author of the page or not.

Should is_author() not evaluate if I am the author of 'this' page or not?


2 Answers 2


Per the Codex, is_author() checks to see if you're on an Author Archive page (ie, a page listing all the posts/pages/etc that a given user has authored). If you're on any other type of page, is_author() will return false.

What you're looking for sounds more along these lines:

if ( in_the_loop() )
    print ( get_the_author() === $GLOBALS['current_user']->display_name )
        ? 'It is my site.'
        : 'It is not my site.';

This code must be used in The Loop.


  • This makes sense too. But it is as if it always evaluate as false. aka. It is never my site
    – odinp123
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 15:00
  • Thanks you are right. We have some plugin functions that overwrite this.
    – odinp123
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 15:10

I'd try to use author IDs rather than the username:

if ( get_current_user_id() == get_the_author_meta( 'ID' ) ) {
    echo "It is my site.";
else {
    echo "It's not my site";


  • 1
    I considered comparing IDs, but get_the_author() returns the author's display name, so that's what I went with. Also, the_author_meta() displays the metadata; you should probably use get_the_author_meta() instead.
    – Pat J
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 16:53
  • Changed answer use get_the_author_meta... silly me!
    – MetalAdam
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 16:57

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