I am developing a WordPress site that redirects to an external payment gateway after a user registers for the site. After the user makes a payment the user is redirected to a page to complete their sign up.

Edit for clarification: Here is the code used for the redirect:

  //code ran after a user signs up located in functions.php

  function process_user(){
    $first_name = $params[1]["first"];
    $last_name = $params[1]["last"];
    $email = $params[3]["value"];
    $password = $params[11]["value"];
    $user_args = array(
      "user_login" => $email,
      "user_pass" => $password,
      "user_email" => $email,
      "first_name" => $first_name,
      "last_name" => $last_name,
      "role" => "subscriber"
    // add user
    $user = get_user_by('email',$email);

    //log out user if logged in
    $login_data = array();
    $login_data['user_login'] = $email;
    $login_data['user_password'] = $password;
    $login_data['remember'] = true;
    $user = wp_signon($login_data);
        wp_set_current_user( $user->ID, $email );
        wp_set_auth_cookie( $user->ID, true, false );

 add_action( 'wpforms_process_complete_1011','process_user',10, 3 );

The user is redirected and fills out the payment form. Upon success the user is redirected to a landing page. If they are not logged in they are shown a dialog for non logged in users. The landing page contains a shortcode function that is also located in functions.php

Here is the shortcode function:

//shortcode function from functions.php

add_shortcode( 'user_signup_completion', function(){
  $contents = ob_get_contents(); // put the buffer into a variable
  return $contents;
   //excerpt from user_signup_completion.php
      $user = wp_get_current_user();
      //code for logged in users
      //message for non logged in users 

The shortcode is used on a page created by a user in WordPress. I hope that this further explain what is going on.

If I go to the account page it is shown that the user is logged in. But when redirected from a different site is_user_logged_in() returns false. Any insight into this issue would be much appreciated.

  • Where do you put this code? Could you show us a bigger context? Nov 19, 2019 at 7:27
  • I have edited the question to give a better explanation. Nov 19, 2019 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


Where are you triggering the second code block (that includes is_user_logged_in())? That code may be triggered before set_current_user, which is called after plugins_loaded.

I would take a look at the action reference and see if you are calling your check before WordPress is aware of the user.

  • Hi, the second code block is executed on the template page. The code is part of a shortcode function that was created in the functions.php file. Nov 19, 2019 at 16:12

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