I have a HTML page which I wanna use inside a WordPress website. But this page should be only available to users who logged-in and non logged-in users should be redirected to login page. Since I need to check user status a PHP page should do the job and if user is logged-in it returns the HTML content.

is_user_logged_in function would do the job but I'm confusing how to implement it since I far as I read on plugin development my case doesn't fit neither in Actions nor Filters. Also do I need to place my own PHP page there or this can be done via a built-in WordPress page? If both, which one is recommended?

Note that the page address is always the same for all users.

  • How are you outputting your content in that page? I'm not sure what do you mean by HTML page since WordPress is PHP based. – Jack Johansson Apr 5 '17 at 23:00
  • For sure I will return HTML content from a PHP page which is gonna be a built-in WorPress page or my own PHP page. – Xaqron Apr 5 '17 at 23:01
  • Well then it would be easy to achieve what you want. Use is_user_logged_in to check for members, and then wp_safe_redirect afterward to redirect non-logged in users to login page. – Jack Johansson Apr 5 '17 at 23:05
  • The question is how to embed the PHP page into WordPress. Simply using that functions doesn't work and for making it a Plugin this is not what usually Actions and Filters' do. Any Plugin` sample with similar scenario is appreciated. – Xaqron Apr 5 '17 at 23:09

You can create a page after your plugin is activated. Take a look at this:

register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'insert_page' );

function insert_page(){
    $my_page = array(
      'post_title'    => 'My Page',
      'post_name'     => 'MyPage',
      'post_content'  => 'My page's content.',
      'post_status'   => 'publish',
      'post_author'   => get_current_user_id(),
      'post_type'     => 'page',
    wp_insert_post( $my_page, '' );

Then assign your template file to your custom page:

add_filter( 'page_template', 'my_custom_page' );
function my_custom_page( $page_template )
    if ( is_page( 'MyPage' ) ) {
        $page_template = plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . '/MyPage.php';
    return $page_template;

Now, you have your page and your template. In your template, use this code to detect the visitor's status and decide to redirect them or not:

    if (!is_user_logged_in()) { 
        wp_safe_redirect( site_url('/wp-login.php')); 

After this code you can safely output your content, since the user will be redirected before outputting the content if he/she is not logged in.

Let me know if you need further assistance.

  • Thanks. Then where to set the page unique address (URL)? I want the website works as before installing my Plugin and just the new page be added to it. – Xaqron Apr 5 '17 at 23:31
  • You are welcome. post_name is the slug of your page, so your page's URL will be like http://example.com/MyPage. But i don't understand what do you mean by added to it. If your plugin is not installed, then the page will not be created though. – Jack Johansson Apr 5 '17 at 23:34
  • I meant no other modifications to the rest of website which seems will not happen with your solution. – Xaqron Apr 5 '17 at 23:36

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