I am using a Wordpress installation with Wordpress Social Login as a "canvas" for an HTML5-based board game.

In the file /wp-content/themes/twentythirteen-child/front-page.php I get the numeric ID of the viewing user (returned by wp_get_current_user() method) and then her or his Facebook data (id, first name, last name, gender) from the $wpdb->prefix . 'wslusersprofiles' table - and can display the game and score for that user at the front page of my website.

My question please: underneath the game board I would like to show a list of other players (maybe a "top 10" or maybe a list of all players with the help of DataTables jQuery plugin).

I would like to have a link like /player/12345 or /player-12345 for each player in the list - so that it is possible to click on it and then display the first name and score for that player.

I keep reading Theme Handbook and looking at Wordpress Template Hierarchy and just don't understand - what should be the path of my user profile file (something like /wp-content/themes/twentythirteen-child/page-templates/player.php?) and especially how to pass the numeric id part (the 12345 in the above example) to that file?


I have added functions.php and page-templates/page-player.php as suggested by Jevuska in his very detailed answer.

Unfortunately, I get 404 error, when trying to open /player-1 (that would be me as admin) or /player-12345 - even though I flush rewrite rules unconditionally in wp_loaded hook.

I am using PHP 5.3 on CentOS 6.7 Linux

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    I test your child theme and thats work. I use PHP 7. Have you create new page with slug player from admin?
    – Jevuska
    Apr 6, 2016 at 9:21
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    It just for additional information, if you use Child Theme, WP say: Note that the previous method was to import the parent theme stylesheet using @import: this is no longer best practice.
    – Jevuska
    Apr 6, 2016 at 9:46

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In regard to WordPress post paged, I would use /player-12345 or other structure as url specific page rather than /player/12345.

How to create new url structure for page

Creating additional url structure, you need WP_Rewrite, there are a couple of filters that you can fire with your function. For Page, you can filter page_rewrite_rules. See example code on documentation https://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Rewrite#Examples. Pay attention for notes in those documentation.

This is sample code related with your url structure /player-12345. Make sure your page slug is player. Add this code in theme file functions.php or inside your plugin.

add_filter( 'page_rewrite_rules','my_insert_rewrite_rules' );
add_filter( 'query_vars','my_insert_query_vars' );
add_action( 'wp_loaded','my_flush_rules' );

// flush_rules() if our rules are not yet included
function my_flush_rules()
    $rules = get_option( 'rewrite_rules' );
    if ( ! isset( $rules['(player)-(\d*)$'] ) )
        global $wp_rewrite;

// Adding a new rule page slug with number
function my_insert_rewrite_rules( $rules )
    $newrules = array();
    $newrules['(player)-(\d*)$'] = 'index.php?pagename=$matches[1]&player_id=$matches[2]';
    return $newrules + $rules; //combine all page rules

// Adding the player_id var so that WP recognizes it
function my_insert_query_vars( $vars )
    array_push( $vars, 'player_id' );
    return $vars;

Now you have url structure page with user id /player-12345, create page link in your front-page base on your database. You can use get_page_link and combine with your list user id.

Create page or custom page

Then how to display our user data in front-end ?

Create new page ( Player with slug player from admin ), it will use default page.php template, you can use just it. But if you need in different layout, creating new file theme page-{slug}.php ( without template name ) is my prefered method, in your case page-player.php.

Create duplicate code from the page.php, and customize as necessary. You don't have to create custom wp_query with loop inside. Just use normal loop wp_query as is.

Since we have additional query parameter for page is player_id with user ID value, with get_query_var( 'player_id' ) it make easy to retrieve user data.

This is simple code to display user data, I just use user query, you can implement on your way with data from your new table. Filtering the_content with function to retrieve user data and keep the original page content ( you can overwrite too ). Add in functions.php.

add_filter( 'the_content', 'my_the_content_filter' );
 * Filter page content
 * by filter the_content
 * Use condition statement is_page( slug ) with get_query_var( 'player_id' )
 * @param  string $content Oringinal text
 * @return string New Content with or without original text
function my_the_content_filter( $content )
    if ( is_page( 'player' ) && ! empty( get_query_var( 'player_id' ) ) )
        $player_id = intval( get_query_var( 'player_id' ) );

         * Add user info only ( overwrite page content )
           $content = _my_function_player_info( $player_id );

         * Include your page content and additional content of user info
        $content .= _my_function_player_info( $player_id );
    return $content;

 * Set your user data, html, table, etc
 * @see param https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/get_user_by/
 * @param  integer $player_id User ID
 * @return string User data front-end
function _my_function_player_info( $player_id )
    $user = get_user_by( 'id', intval( $player_id ) );
            <td><?php _e( 'Name', 'text_domain' ); ?></td>
            <td><?php echo $user->first_name . ' ' . $user->last_name; ?></td>
    $html = ob_get_clean();
    return $html;

Another filter such as loop_start or loop_end to display user data before or after content loop, and use echo in output, or implement your function direct into custom page. Just abuse this code as your need.

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    You in child, twentythirteen don't have page-templates, just add page-player.php the same path with functions.php.
    – Jevuska
    Apr 6, 2016 at 8:55
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    I have moved page-player.php into /wp-content/themes/twentythirteen-child dir and unfortunately still get 404 error, even after restarting Apache. Do I need some special PHP-comment in my new page template file? Apr 6, 2016 at 8:59
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    Have you create new page with slug player from admin?
    – Jevuska
    Apr 6, 2016 at 9:29
  • How to do that please? As admin I go to /wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page and then? How to make it "player" page? Apr 6, 2016 at 10:13
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    Create title "Player" and you will see WP create page permalink with slug 'player' automatically, then publish.
    – Jevuska
    Apr 6, 2016 at 10:19

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