Surprised I haven't found this Q.

I want to force users to login to the site before accessing any of the content.

I have this function:

function av_force_user_login() {
    global $post;
    global $pagenow;
    if ( in_array( $GLOBALS['pagenow'], array( 'wp-login.php', 'wp-register.php' ) ) ) {
add_action( 'get_header', 'av_force_user_login' );

This doesn't seem to work though and after I try and login I get redirected back to the login page.

One caveats to watch out for (in my case): I'm using BuddyPress' registration system which doesn't apply to the login page but it would apply to the wp-login.php?action=register page which redirects to Buddypress' template for registration.

Nevertheless, is there anything wrong with the above code that would cause a redirect back to the login page?

1 Answer 1


Very Basic Script. This should work.

add_action('template_redirect', 'redirect_to_login');

function redirect_to_login(){
   // user not logged in so redirect them to login page
   $redirect_url = '' // you can determine where to redirect user after they login
   wp_redirect( wp_login_url($redirect_url), 301 ); exit;

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