I plan to use the member plugin by Justin Tadlock

I wish to know if how could I, on the front side, auto switch to a theme according to a role status.. for example authors would have the site presented using theme 1 while editor would have the site presenter using theme 2

I would rather have 2 different theme rather than conditionals within one theme structure

Thank you in advance

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There's current_user_can( 'CAPABILITY' ); (see @Codex Users & Roles to find the appropriate cap for your targeted role), that you can use to determin what theme you want to display. You can also check for is_user_logged_in() if you just want to differentiate between non-logged in and logged in users. Then you have the switch_theme() function. Just wrap it up in a plugin and add a function that you hook into plugins_loaded or something similar (not sure when the user info is ready). Then switch depending on the role. Sidenote: You can't do that from a themes functions.php file, as the first available hook is after_setup_theme.

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    thank you very much Kaiser, it makes sense that it must be done as a plugin for due to the init prb.. I will play with it and come back whether I'm successfull or encounter trouble... thank you again Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 14:14
  • What happens if two different users visit the site simultaneously, with separate them settings? Does wordpress simply display the correct theme on the fly to the right user?
    – Lucky Luke
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 15:11
  • @LuckyLuke I have never tried switching themes on a per user basis, but as every request is normally a separate PHP process on the server, it should not be a problem regarding the request itself. No idea without testing if it has implications and sideeffects in the database as this function switches options on the fly. Could easily be that this messes up your database as it is not necessarily in sync regarding timing. I think it won't really work well and caching might have impact as well.
    – kaiser
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 23:19
  • @kaiser thanks for clarifying, you have discouraged me from following this path :)
    – Lucky Luke
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 14:20

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