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Simple User Listing

A shortcode for displaying paginated lists of users.

How Can I Customize the Output?

The whole reason I wrote this was that other similar plugins had too much control over the output. You can style the output anyway you'd like by adding your own template parts to your theme.

Copy the files you wish to modify from the simple-user-listing/templates folder of the plugin and paste them into a simple-user-listing folder in the root of your theme (so my-theme/simple-user-listing). Now you can change the markup any way you please. It will be similar to template parts for post loops, except you will have access to each user's $user object instead of the $post object.

For more details on what is available in the $user object see the Codex reference on WP_User()

Does Simple User Listing work with WP_Pagenavi?

Yes! WP Pagenavi supports pagination for WP_User_Query and I configured the navigation-author.php template to automatically use WP Pagenavi if it is installed and activated.

I can't get the search users to work?

The search form will not work with the default permalinks. Try changing your permalinks to some other structure. The reason is form submits via the GET method and so adding those parameters to the URL seem to clash with the parameters already on the URL from the default permalink setup.

The search doesn't respect the shortcode parameters

Likely you are experiencing a conflict with another plugin, specifically one that is filtering pre_user_query to modify all user queries. The S2 Member plugin is a known culprit of this. To disable S2 Member's modifications on all Simple User Listing lists, add the following to your theme's functions.php or to a site-specific plugin. Ensure you are using at least SUL 1.5.3.

function kia_protect_sul_from_s2(){
    remove_action('pre_user_query', 'c_ws_plugin__s2member_users_list::users_list_query');
add_action( 'simple_user_listing_before_loop', 'kia_protect_sul_from_s2' );

function kia_restore_s2(){
    add_action('pre_user_query', 'c_ws_plugin__s2member_users_list::users_list_query');
add_action( 'simple_user_listing_after_loop', 'kia_restore_s2' );

How Can I Sort the Users by Last Name?

As of verison 1.5.2 you could simply use the following as your shortcode:

[userlist meta_key="last_name" orderby="meta_value" order="ASC"]

How can I search by a meta field? ex: Last Name

While you could modify the search-author.php template, if you are only searching by one field it isn't really neccessary. You will, however, need to modify the shortcode's arguments for WP_User_Query. You can do that by filtering sul_user_query_args.

Add the following to your theme's functions.php:

 * Place this in your theme's functions.php file
 * Or a site-specific plugin
// Switch the WP_User_Query args to a meta search
function kia_meta_search( $args ){

  // this $_GET is the name field of the custom input in search-author.php
    $search = ( isset($_GET['as']) ) ? sanitize_text_field($_GET['as']) : false ;

    if ( $search ){
        // if your shortcode has a 'role' parameter defined it will be maintained
        // unless you choose to unset the role parameter by uncommenting the following
        //  unset( $args['role'] );
        $args['meta_key'] = 'last_name';
        $args['meta_value'] = $search;
        $args['meta_compare'] = '=';

        // need to unset the original search args
        if( isset( $args['search'] ) ) unset($args['search']);

    return $args;
add_filter('sul_user_query_args', 'kia_meta_search');

Now the search will return users that match the entered "last_name". You can adjust as needed or use the meta_query array for more complicated meta queries. See the Codex for an example of Multiple custom user fields handling.

How Can I Search By Display Name?

By default the WordPress search relies on username, though wih the search_columns parameter can be made to search the user's email or ID. Frankly, I think this is weird, but that's how WordPress works.

It is much more useful to search by the user's display name, however this requires some trickery via the pre_user_query hook. Similar to pre_get_posts this is your last chance to change the WP_User_Query query before it is executed. I’ve built in a query_id variable so that you don’t go willy-nilly filtering all user queries which could have some unintended side effects.

// Switch user search from user_login to display_name via query_where 
function kia_search_users_by_display_name( $query ) {

  if ( isset( $query->query_vars['query_id'] ) && $query->query_vars['query_id'] == 'simple_user_listing' ) {
     $query->query_where = str_replace( "user_login", "display_name", $query->query_where );

add_action( 'pre_user_query', 'kia_search_users_by_display_name' );

Requires: 3.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.2
Last Updated: 2015-4-24
Active Installs: 1,000+


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