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[Resolved] Custom user fields not displaying correctly

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Last updated by David 2 years, 11 months ago.

Assigned support staff: Waqar.


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Description of problem: The content at the top of the right-hand sidebar should display the author photo and bio (both custom user fields created through Types). Currently my photo (as admin or as user 1) is showing and not the author's. This has been working for over a year but has broken recently with one of the updates to Types and Views. My code is as follows:

<div class="author-box">
[types usermeta='user-profile-photo' title='%%TITLE%%' alt='%%ALT%%' align='center' size='medium' resize='proportional' user_is_author='true'][/types]
<h3 style="text-align: center">[wpv-post-author]</h3>
[types usermeta='biography' user_is_author='true'][/types]


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Hi David,

Thank you for contacting us and I'll be happy to assist.

The [types] "usermeta" shortcode with attribute user_is_author='true' returns the values for current post's author inside the loop.

But on your website, the shortcode is being used in the sidebar and not inside a post/page content (outside the loop).

To make this work in the sidebar of the author archive page, you can follow these steps:

1. Please, add the following code at bottom of your active child theme’s “functions.php” file:

// custom shortcode to return author id on author archive page
add_shortcode('current_author_archive', 'current_author_archive_fn');
function current_author_archive_fn() {
 $author = get_user_by( 'slug', get_query_var( 'author_name' ) );
    return $author->ID;

It will add a new shortcode [current_author_archive], which will return the ID of the author, whose author archive page is being viewed.

2. Next, register this new shortcode with Toolset, so it can be used inside its built-in shortcodes, as explained in the following guide:

3. After that you can update your shortcode in the sidebar from:

[types usermeta='user-profile-photo' title='%%TITLE%%' alt='%%ALT%%' align='center' size='medium' resize='proportional' user_is_author='true'][/types]


[types usermeta='user-profile-photo' title='%%TITLE%%' alt='%%ALT%%' align='center' size='medium' resize='proportional' user_id='[current_author_archive]'][/types]

I hope this helps! Please let us know how it goes and if you need any further assistance.


Thank you, that worked but how do I get the shortcode [wpv-post-author] to display the name of the author as well? It seems user_id is not a valid parameter for this shortcode so I don't know how or where to insert our custom shortcode. Thank you.


I figured out a solution. I'm using the following instead of [wpv-post-author] to take advantage of the custom shortcode you had me create. Thank you again.

<h3 style="text-align: center">[wpv-user field="user_firstname" id="[current_author_archive]"] [wpv-user field="user_lastname" id="[current_author_archive]"]</h3>

My issue is resolved now. Thank you!