Get the Current username

Write the following code in your functions.php file to get current user name with short code.

  • Login to your WordPress admin Dashboard.
  • Now from the left sidebar go to Appearance -> Theme Editor.


  • From the right side panel, select functions.php file and write the below code snippet at the end of the file just before the closing php tag(?>)

//Get Logged-in username with shortcode

function custom_shortcode_func() {


$current_user = wp_get_current_user();

echo ‘Welcome ‘ . $current_user->display_name;

$output = ob_get_clean();

return $output; }

add_shortcode(‘current_user’, ‘custom_shortcode_func’);

Call Username on header

  • Now with the help of Shortcode [current_user] you can display current username wherever you want on the website.
  • As we want to display the current username on the right top of the header, let us call this shortcode from our header.php file.
  • Please select header.php file from the right side panel of your Theme Editor page and write the below code snippet to display username on header.

<!– Display Logged-in Username –>
<?php if( is_user_logged_in() ) { ?>
<div id=”et_right_header_current_user”>
<?php echo do_shortcode( “[current_user]” ); ?>
<?php } ?>

Position the Name to right

  • Give a unique identifier name as shown in the above picture.
  • Now go to Theme customizer from Appearance -> Customizer from the left sidebar


  • Now open Additional CSS tab</li
    • Now add the below code snippet to position username on right side of your header

    /* Position the Name to right */


    float:right; }

    • Add more CSS styles based on your requirement of positioning username on your website.