How to display user role on author page.

I have created my own role (group) so I want to display the user role on below the post and on author list.

I have tried this code but not working as its calling current_user and its showing current user role in all authors profile

    $user_roles = $current_user->roles;
    $user_role = array_shift($user_roles);

    if ($user_role == 'administrator') {
        echo 'Administrator';
    } elseif ($user_role == 'editor') {
        echo 'Editor';
    } elseif ($user_role == 'author') {
        echo 'Author';
    } elseif ($user_role == 'contributor') {
        echo 'Contributor';
    } elseif ($user_role == 'subscriber') {
        echo 'Subscriber';
    } else {
        echo '<strong>' . $user_role . '</strong>';

How can I alter this code to display user actual role and not the current user role.

2 Answers 2



$user_roles = $current_user->roles;


$user = new WP_User( $user_id );
$user_roles = $user->roles;

and the $user_id should e the actual user id who's role you are trying to get.


Sorry i just read the author template part so try this:

//first get the current author whos page you are viewing
        $curauth = get_user_by('slug', $author_name);
        $curauth = get_userdata(intval($author));
//then get the user object with roles
$user = new WP_User( $$curauth->ID );
$user_roles = $user->roles; 
  • its giving blank output. No error or not text Commented May 27, 2012 at 14:18
  • try var_dump($user); to see what your are getting
    – Bainternet
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 14:19
  • getting this output object(WP_User)#349 (7) { ["data"]=> NULL ["ID"]=> int(0) ["caps"]=> array(0) { } ["cap_key"]=> NULL ["roles"]=> array(0) { } ["allcaps"]=> array(0) { } ["filter"]=> NULL } I am using name of the role if you see in my first code not any id so can that cause the issue? Commented May 27, 2012 at 14:22
  • @pixelngrain i updated my answer
    – Bainternet
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 14:31

I assume you are trying to show the role of the post's Author and not the current user viewing the author page.

assuming you are inside the loop, do the following:

//get the post author's ID
$user_id = get_the_author_meta( 'ID' ); //assume we are in The Loop

$user_obj = get_userdata( $user_id );

if( !empty( $user_obj->roles ) ){
    foreach( $user_obj->roles as $role ){
        echo $role;

or, if you only assign one role to each user/author, then you can do the following instead replacing the whole foreach block:

echo $user_obj->roles[0];

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