As of wordpress 3.4 we're supposed to use wp_get_theme to return theme data.

$theme = wp_get_theme();


echo $theme->Author;

despite the var_dump indicating the correct string, $theme->Author always returns a hyperlink with the author's name, but linked to the author's site. how can i get just the theme's author name?

  • I just upgraded to 3.4.1 to check this issue but i got just author's name and no hyperlink $theme = wp_get_theme(); var_dump($theme->Author); this is what i got: > string 'the WordPress team' (length=18) Jul 1, 2012 at 9:18

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Do not use just the header string, call display() instead and set the second parameter to FALSE to suppress markup.

// FALSE for no markup
$theme->display( 'Author', FALSE );

What you see in your var_dump() are private properties. If you print $theme->Author the magic __get() method is called and this calls display() without the second parameter for $markup.

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    thanks toscho... that does it. i guess i have a lot to learn about OOP and "private" properties. Jul 1, 2012 at 15:13

Yes, you're right. I could reproduce the issue on my Wordpress 3.4.1 installation. Not sure if this is a bug; will need to dig into the core wordpress code to see how WP_Theme object is built and values are returned. For now, I think we're left with an option to use PHP string Parser functions and extract Author name.

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