Your description is a bit confusing,have you looked at this?:
That must be used inside the loop.
I am looking for something that will display the author of a post’s name, but in the header.
For example, say I went to a post like
Title: 5 Days Left
Author: Ryan McCue
It shows this in the middle of the page (e.g. in the loop, but I want to get the author’s name in the header.
I hope this clarifies a bit.
Use the_author(). You can use it anywhere on the page; it isn’t limited to within the loop.
The author of a post can be displayed by using this Template Tag. This tag must be used within The Loop.
Any ideas? If I have to, I can hack the files.
Any ideas at all other than the_author() ?
Or is the Codex wrong?
Actually, is there a way to hack into the loop and get the_author()?
*cough* Bump *cough*
Another approach would be to just call the_author in the loop but enclose it in a div that you style with position: absolute and something like left: 700px; top: 200px; to locate it in your header (you would have to play with the numbers to get it right). And of course if you have a fluid width design it could get ugly. And the there is IE. But if you give the div some height value it should work.
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