So, I have a widget that I only want to show it to the page author.

I used the following logic: is_author()

However it does not seem to work (it shows non-author)

Am I using this logic right?

Any suggestions?

Thank you

  • Could you please post the code you've tried so far ? Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 14:19

2 Answers 2


is_author() is only for Archive pages. Quote from the Codex:

is_author() checks if an Author archive page is being displayed

So viewing a single Post or Page isn't going to get a TRUE from is_author().

I think you'll want something more like this:

global $post,$current_user; // get the global variables to check
get_currentuserinfo();  // get current user info
// Now check if the author of this post is the same as the current logged in user
if ($post->post_author == $current_user->ID) {
   // do code here

I hope this helps. :)

EDIT #1: Shortened code version.

// Check if the author of this post is the same as the current logged in user
if ( $post->post_author == get_current_user_id() ) {
   // do code here
  • 1
    +1 for the explaination of why is_author() will not work. However, can you not replace $current_user->ID with get_current_user_id()? That way you can also do away with the $current_user global and the call to get_currentuserinfo().
    – David Gard
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:01
  • 1
    In fact, if this code is in a template, as opposed to inside a function, I don't think you'd even need the $post global.
    – David Gard
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:02
  • Correct. IF it is in a template you can pair it down. It wasn't clear where this will go, although it'll be some widget area, so I'm not sure what's best for them. I will update my answer with a shortened version too. Thanks for the +1 and the suggestions.
    – Sean Grant
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:09
  • True, it's often difficult when they don't give you all of the information!
    – David Gard
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:10
  • 1
    Got it working with the following code: global $post,$current_user; get_currentuserinfo(); return ($post->post_author == $current_user->ID);
    – Steve Kim
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 1:39

You can use:

$obj = get_queried_object();
$user_id = get_current_user_id();

// check if page's post author is same as logged in user
if (isset($obj->post_author) && $obj->post_author == $user_id) {
    // ... do your stuff here

With get_queried_object function you get object of the current page. As it's requested that page should be of "page" type you'll get WP_Post object of the current page (post_type = 'page').

The get_current_user_id is self-explanatory.

So if both match, you'll get code running for current user which is creator of the page.

You can also place a check that queried object is 'page':

if ($obj instanceof WP_Post && $obj->post_type == 'page') {
    // ...
  • You don't need to pass the values through intval() if you are using == - that only compares values, not types.
    – David Gard
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:06
  • You can use type cast (int) also, all the same. If you want to make 100% sure.
    – mjakic
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 16:08
  • Thank you for the lovely reply guys. So, I am actually using a plugin called "Widget Logic" which allows me to put logics directly into the individual widget. wordpress.org/plugins/widget-logic In this case, how should I do it?
    – Steve Kim
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 23:06

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