I have a resource on my WordPress page that I only want to show X times per day per logged in user. I'm using the twenty sixteen WordPress theme.

Currently, Guests / visitors / non logged in users are forced via redirects to authenticate to my site in order to access any content.

How do impose a http request limit / pageview limit on a per-logged-in-user per day or per hour basis? I don't want to do it by IP address, I want to do it by unique user.

Has anyone seen this done? The closet I've seen is : https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/technical-question-how-to-limit-the-number-of-page-views-for-a-specific-site-under-a-wpmu-instsall#post-384060 but is there a solution already for this? I've searched for throttle, page view, http , limit, restrict, expire, but nothing seems to be restricting content on a logged-in-user-per-day-basis.

Thank you

**UPDATE: I am overriding the default page.php file of twenty sixteen theme to implement basic page-view limiting for logged-in users. **


//First, check for get_current_user_id.

$current_user = wp_get_current_user(); if ( 0 == $current_user->ID ) { // Logged out } else { // Logged in.

    //Then create a log of visits by adding information to a user's metadata with update_user_meta & get_user_meta. 

    $countVisitsUsed = 0;

    if (get_user_meta($current_user->ID, 'countVisitsUsed', true)) {
        $countVisitsUsed = get_user_meta($current_user->ID,'countVisitsUsed',true);
        update_user_meta($current_user->ID, 'countVisitsUsed', $countVisitsUsed+1); //increment
          update_user_meta( $current_user->ID, 'countVisitsUsed', 1, false );
          $countVisitsUsed = get_user_meta($current_user->ID,'countVisitsUsed',true);

    if ($countVisitsUsed == null || $countVisitsUsed ==false || $countVisitsUsed < $COUNT_VISITS_TOTAL_LIMIT) { //allow page load

        //start of page.php

             * The template for displaying pages
             * This is the template that displays all pages by default.
             * Please note that this is the WordPress construct of pages and that
             * other "pages" on your WordPress site will use a different template.
             * @package WordPress
             * @subpackage Twenty_Sixteen
             * @since Twenty Sixteen 1.0

            get_header(); ?>
            <div id="primary" class="content-area">
                <main id="main" class="site-main" role="main">
                    // Start the loop.
                    while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();

                        // Include the page content template.
                        get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', 'page' );

                        // If comments are open or we have at least one comment, load up the comment template.
                        if ( comments_open() || get_comments_number() ) {

                        // End of the loop.

                </main><!-- .site-main -->

                <?php get_sidebar( 'content-bottom' ); ?>

            </div><!-- .content-area -->

            <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
            <?php get_footer(); ?>

  • Give 'em some cookies. ;-)
    – Minh Tri
    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:31

1 Answer 1


First, check for get_current_user_id. Then create a log of visits by adding information to a user's metadata with update_user_meta & get_user_meta.

On every page hit that you care about you can run a function to determine rate/limit of usage per user.

If they break the rules, you can redirect to a page that doesn't contain that logic with wp_redirect.

  • With Jgraup's advice, I overrode my page.php file with an attempted solution. It compiles, but I have coded it incorrectly. My expectation is that a logged-in user visits a wordpress page and we count this activity by incrementing a variable in wp_usermeta. For some reason, my attempted solution and testing process do not yield any "countVisitsUsed" field in the wp_usermeta table. Any ideas? Thanks! Jul 24, 2016 at 6:19
  • @pdro Defining the maximum counts as a variable but then referencing it as a constant in your conditional might have something to do with it ;-) Jul 24, 2016 at 9:04
  • @AndyMacaulay-Brook thank you. It is working. Jul 24, 2016 at 16:29

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