How to Automatically Redirect If User Is Already Logged In

Introduction

Would you like to automatically redirect a user from your login form to another page if the user is already logged in? When you display a login form on your site, the shortcode doesn’t check to see if the user is already logged in and if the user hits your page and is already logged in, it would just display a blank page. You can easily create a redirect by using a PHP action and in this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through each step.

Creating the form

To begin, you’ll need to create a login form and add it to a WordPress page.

If you need any assistance in how to create a login form with the WPForms User Registration addon, please check out this documentation.

create a login form with WPForms and add it to a WordPress page

Adding the snippet

Now it’s time to copy and paste this snippet to your site.

If you’re not sure how or where to add snippets to your site, please take a look at this tutorial.

/**
 * Automatic redirect from login form if user is already logged in
 *
 * @link https://wpforms.com/developers/how-to-automatically-redirect-if-user-is-already-logged-in/
 */

function redirect_to_specific_page() {
	
	// enter the page ID of the page that contains the login form
    $page_id = 345; // Change page ID
	
	// if the user is on the login form page and the user is logged in then redirect
    if ( is_page($page_id) && is_user_logged_in() && ! current_user_can('edit_post', $post_id) ) {
		
		// enter the URL of the page you would like to redirect them to
        wp_redirect( 'http://www.example-site.com/your-page/', 301 ); 
		
        exit;
    }
}
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_to_specific_page' );

There are a few variables in the snippet above you’ll need to change. First, you need to change $page_id = 345 from 345 to match the page ID that your login form is on. If you need to find the page ID number, just edit the page your WPForms login form is on and in the URL, look for the number that is listed after the ?.

look for the number in the URL when editing the page to find the page ID number

Next, you’ll need to update the URL that is shown inside the wp_redirect action to redirect the user to another page if they are logged in.

And that’s it! Would you like to have your form redirect in a new browser window? Check out our tutorial on How to Open Redirect in a New Window.

Action Reference: template_redirect