After refactoring/restructuring files in my plug-in, I now get the error

Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function get_userdata()

after code

$current_user_id = get_current_user_id();
$current_user_meta = get_userdata($current_user_id);

in mydomain.local/wp-content/plugins/my-project/my-project.php I also tried as it was before, in another .php file that was required by my-project.php

These lines are and were appearing quite early in my plug-in code ... am I missing some dependency before running them?

  • Where exactly did you put these lines? Apr 11, 2019 at 12:43
  • Indeed, I forgot this so I have added it in the question. In the plug-in's main php file.
    – TTT
    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:48
  • I think I found the reason. It may be that the lines are not correctly wrapped anymore ... Looking to check and correct it.
    – TTT
    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:54

1 Answer 1


Solution found: the reason was that the code including those lines were included in plug-in's main file and were wrapped in the shortcode launch anymore.

I had to put things in another file,like for example

function load_shortcode( $atts ){
add_shortcode( 'my-project', 'load_shortcode' );

and lines had to be in my-project.start.php

getPluginPath() is NOT a native WordPress function, don't look for it, the only thing to know here is that it generates a path string.

  • 2
    This shouldn't have been needed to fix the problem, that's not how PHP works, and shouldn't have made a difference. Also, shortcodes are meant to return their output, not echo them
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 11, 2019 at 13:35

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