I have a function which kind of works. It will not work the first time when cookies are cleared. But the next time I will get redirected after login. Why is that?

function role_user_redirect_login($username, $user){
    if(array_key_exists('user', $user->caps)){
        wp_redirect(admin_url('edit.php?post_type=test', 'https'), 301);
add_action('wp_login', 'role_user_redirect_login', 10, 2);

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You should use the filter login_redirect instead of wp_login:

function role_user_redirect_login($redirect_to, $request, $user){
    if(array_key_exists('user', $user->caps)){
        return admin_url('edit.php?post_type=test', 'https');

    return $redirect_to;

add_filter('login_redirect', 'role_user_redirect_login', 10, 3);
  • I tried this, and still end up in the "Your profile" screen. I have disabled access to the dashboard page for this user role (that's why I don't end up on the dashboard). If I log out and try to login again I will be redirected to the correct page. So it seems like when there are no cookies it will not redirect, but when I have cookies from the site it will work!
    – joq3
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 6:50
  • Maybe another plugin or theme hooks into this. Could you try a higher priority? And i made a little mistake: it should be add_filter and not add_action.
    – ahendwh2
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 8:13
  • I think I might have narrowed it down. I use this on a multisite. If I go to example.com/wp-admin and login, the redirect doesn't work (I end up on the Profile page). If I go to example.com/mysite/wp-admin and login the redirect works fine! So there is something missing in the redirection maybe? EDIT: I tried both your suggestions without any difference! The cookie problem I thought it was, was that when I logged out and tried again I was at example.com/mysite/wp-admin when doing the second attempt!
    – joq3
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 8:24
  • It seems like the user gets redirected to example.com/wp-admin/edit.php at first, but has no access to this page and gets redirected again to profile screen. At the second attempt the user gets redirected to example.com/mysite/wp-admin/edit.php where he has access. So the redirect filter works fine, but the destination url is different
    – ahendwh2
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 9:49
  • Can you provide me the URL of your site?
    – ahendwh2
    Commented Jun 13, 2018 at 9:50

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