I've a code for auto-login after registration which is:

function auto_login_new_user( $user_id ) {
    $request = $_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"];
add_action( 'user_register', 'auto_login_new_user' );

what I need is to create a shortcode to control the time of redirect, I don't want it to redirect after $userID = wp_insert_user( $userDataArr );

I want the redirect to happen after adding some code for extra fields like so update_user_meta( $userID, $fieldsArr[$fieldN], $value);

I was thinking that I can do so by butting the ADD_ACTION code inside shortcode funtion

function my_login_shortcode(){
    add_action( 'user_register', 'auto_login_new_user' );

how can I do that ?

  • redirection has to happen before any content is sent to the browser, inside a shortcode is too late.
    – Milo
    Feb 4, 2015 at 19:31
  • @Milo Thank you for that explanation, so How can I fix that problem ? Feb 5, 2015 at 6:53

1 Answer 1


Because I was trying to make the redirect happen using shortcode in the registration and I didn't get the answer which can delay the redirect until I add custom textarea fields date to user profile page

  • before this step $userID = wp_insert_user( $userDataArr ) , I have no user ID yet, so I can't do update for unknown user id
  • after it the redirect happens before I reach update_user_meta( $userID, $fieldsArr[$fieldN], $value); code, so I'm loosing the date which coming from $_POST[$fieldN], even I have user id

what I've done was setcookie for the data coming form $_POST[$fieldN] before the redirect, like so:

setcookie($fieldN, $value, time()+3600*24,'/','.MYSITE.com');
$userID = wp_insert_user( $userDataArr );

and I'm checking if cookie exist at the top of page, and handle it (caching and when I finish I delete that cookie by setting its time to minus time -, php normal way)

if ( is_user_logged_in() ) {
    $userID = $current_user->ID;
        update_user_meta( $userID, $fieldN, $_COOKIE[$fieldN]);
        setcookie($fieldN, '', time()-3600*24,'/',$homecookieURL);

now the visitors can register and in the same time adding extra date for custom profile textarea fields.

I fix my problem, so I decided to share this, may someone has better solution or may I help someone need similar one :)

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