I was wondering is there a way to create a post for every user. Sort of like a mass update that would associate certain user meta to the post created.

I would prefer running a loop script that goes through all users and creates a post for each using certain user meta info.

For instance, if I have five users that I would like to create posts for. The posts would be titled using each of their full names.

Basic Example:







User Meta

John Doe

Jane Doe

Bob Collins

Craig Matthews

Mitchell Humphries

Post Titles:

John Doe

Jane Doe

Bob Collins

Craig Matthews

Mitchell Humphries

This request is uncommon but I need a temporary fix until I finish a plugin for full user search. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

  • What are you trying to accomplish?
    – Bainternet
    Oct 20 '11 at 23:10
  • Im currently working on a user search that will show users based on multiple meta keys. The theme Im using doesn't support a user search, so if a user doesn't have a post they wont be searchable on the site (which is really bad, I have 1500 users). So as a temporary solution I decide to create a post for every user so they would be searchable.
    – user1893
    Oct 21 '11 at 13:15
  • Well in that case this is a major overkill since you already have a users table and a user meta table so why not just create a function with a custom query?
    – Bainternet
    Oct 21 '11 at 15:50
  • Yes, I have a working custom query that would be my solution to this problem. But there lies another problem... I want the users to be searched by category (description) keywords (which I found a fix, your solution [wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/28407/…). This will fix the problem, but now I need to do a mass update for each user, who all have different categories. And this will take a long time to do individually. Can you think of a way to update each user's category selection on a mass scale? Thanks
    – user1893
    Oct 21 '11 at 15:58
  • Sure i can but based on what?
    – Bainternet
    Oct 21 '11 at 17:17

Create this as a plugin and activate it. It deactivates itself after it creates a primary page for Authors and sub-pages for each Author+ or better Role. At the end, it deactivates itself.

Improve it as you wish. It uses

// Hook activation to create new Author Pages
register_activation_hook(__FILE__, function(){
    // Create a Parent Page for all Author Pages
    if(!($parent = get_page_by_title('Authors'))){
        $parent = wp_insert_post(array(
            'post_type' => 'page',
            'post_title' => 'Authors',
            'post_content' => 'Authors are children of this page.',
            'post_status' => 'draft', // Or publish
        // Bad... ERROR!
    // Get user IDs, get_users() returns too much data
    global $wpdb;
    $IDs = $wpdb->get_col("SELECT `ID` FROM {$wpdb->users} ORDER BY `user_registered` DESC;");
    // Loop IDs and create subpages for Authors+ (not Subscribers)
    foreach($IDs as $ID){
        // Get user
        $user = new WP_User($ID);
        // Only create pages for Authors!
        if(!$user->has_cap('edit_posts')) continue;
        // Create page for Author
        $title = "About Author: {$user->display_name}";
        if(!($child = get_page_by_title($title))){
            $child = wp_insert_post(array(
                'post_type' => 'page',
                'post_title' => $title,
                'post_name' => $user->display_name,
                'post_content' => 'Write stuff about the Author.',
                'post_status' => 'draft', // Or publish
                'post_parent' => $parent,
            // Setup according Metas (for further tracking)
            update_post_meta($child, 'about_author', $user->user_login);
            update_post_meta($child, 'about_author_ID', $user->ID);
    // Done! WILL RUN JUST ONCE, deactivates itself afterwards.
    deactivate_plugins(__FILE__, true);

It's kind of a hacky approach but will do what you need. It uses a PHP 5.3 Closure. Consider reverting to PHP 5.2 compatibility an assignment :)


  • Thanks so much! Im sure this will serve my purpose and open up more capabilities.
    – user1893
    Oct 20 '11 at 22:18

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