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Members Loop

The site members loop can be used to output a list of users that are registered on your site.

Standard Loop

<?php if ( bp_has_members( bp_ajax_querystring( 'members' ) ) ) : ?>

  <div id="pag-top" class="pagination">

    <div class="pag-count" id="member-dir-count-top">

      <?php bp_members_pagination_count(); ?>


   <div class="pagination-links" id="member-dir-pag-top">

      <?php bp_members_pagination_links(); ?>



  <?php do_action( 'bp_before_directory_members_list' ); ?>

  <ul id="members-list" class="item-list" role="main">

  <?php while ( bp_members() ) : bp_the_member(); ?>

      <div class="item-avatar">
         <a href="<?php bp_member_permalink(); ?>"><?php bp_member_avatar(); ?></a>

      <div class="item">
        <div class="item-title">
           <a href="<?php bp_member_permalink(); ?>"><?php bp_member_name(); ?></a>

           <?php if ( bp_get_member_latest_update() ) : ?>

              <span class="update"> <?php bp_member_latest_update(); ?></span>

           <?php endif; ?>


       <div class="item-meta"><span class="activity"><?php bp_member_last_active(); ?></span></div>

       <?php do_action( 'bp_directory_members_item' ); ?>

        * If you want to show specific profile fields here you can,
        * but it'll add an extra query for each member in the loop
        * (only one regardless of the number of fields you show):
        * bp_member_profile_data( 'field=the field name' );

       <div class="action">

           <?php do_action( 'bp_directory_members_actions' ); ?>


      <div class="clear"></div>

 <?php endwhile; ?>


 <?php do_action( 'bp_after_directory_members_list' ); ?>

 <?php bp_member_hidden_fields(); ?>

 <div id="pag-bottom" class="pagination">

    <div class="pag-count" id="member-dir-count-bottom">

       <?php bp_members_pagination_count(); ?>


    <div class="pagination-links" id="member-dir-pag-bottom">

      <?php bp_members_pagination_links(); ?>



<?php else: ?>

   <div id="message" class="info">
      <p><?php _e( "Sorry, no members were found.", 'buddypress' ); ?></p>

<?php endif; ?>

Accepted Parameters

The bp_has_members() function will accept a number of parameters that will manipulate the data being returned.

bp_ajax_querystring( ‘members’ )
In the standard loop above, you’ll see bp_ajax_querystring( ‘members’ ). What is that? The answer will exceed the scope of this page, especially if you aren’t familiar with ajax.
Learn more here and here.

Code Examples

Filtering by Friends
To only show Friends of the logged in user:

<?php if ( bp_has_members( 'user_id=' . bp_loggedin_user_id() ) ) : ?>

Filtering by Type
To only show those members currently online:

<?php if ( bp_has_members( 'type=online' ) ) : ?>

Filtering by Xprofile fields
You probably seen something like this or even wrote it in an attempt to manipulate the members loop based on xprofile field values:

<?php if ( bp_has_members() ) : ?>
    <?php while ( bp_members() ) : bp_the_member(); ?>

    $some_field = xprofile_get_field_data( 'Some Field', bp_get_member_user_id() );
    if ( $some_field != 'something' )
        //continue to next member
        //show the member

Yikes. The developer skips members after they been collected from the database.   And they decide who to skip by making another database call for every member.  While that may work on sites with a few hundred members, it’s a performance killer on large sites.  The proper approach is to only collect the members you want.  

Let’s say you have an xprofile field called ‘dogs’ and one of the choices is ‘poodles’. And you only want members that have selected ‘poodles’.

<?php if ( bp_has_members( 'search_terms=poodles' ) ) : ?>

To search on multiple terms, put a space between each term. The search is based on ‘AND’, not ‘OR’. So only members who have selected / entered both ‘poodles’ and ‘carrots’ will be returned.

<?php if ( bp_has_members( 'search_terms=poodles carrots' ) ) : ?>

But what if you need more flexibility re filtering xprofile field values. To do that, use the ‘include’ or ‘exclude’ parameters via a function called like so:

<?php if ( bp_has_members( my_custom_ids( $field_name, $field_value ) ) ) : ?>

Put the function my_custom_ids() in your-theme/functions.php or in bp-custom.php. Why? So you can avoid using the $wpdb global in your template and the function will be available anywhere you have a member loop.

function my_custom_ids( $field_name, $field_value = '' ) {
  if ( empty( $field_name ) )
    return '';
  global $wpdb;
  $field_id = xprofile_get_field_id_from_name( $field_name ); 

  if ( !empty( $field_id ) ) 
    $query = "SELECT user_id FROM " . $wpdb->prefix . "bp_xprofile_data WHERE field_id = " . $field_id;
   return '';
  if ( $field_value != '' ) 
    $query .= " AND value LIKE '%" . $field_value . "%'";
      LIKE is slow. If you're sure the value has not been serialized, you can do this:
      $query .= " AND value = '" . $field_value . "'";
  $custom_ids = $wpdb->get_col( $query );
  if ( !empty( $custom_ids ) ) {
    // convert the array to a csv string
    $custom_ids_str = 'include=' . implode(",", $custom_ids);
    return $custom_ids_str;
   return '';

Example Usage: Get all members who have filled out the xprofile field ‘dogs’.

<?php if ( bp_has_members( my_custom_ids( 'dogs' ) ) ) : ?>

Example Usage: Get all members who have filled out the xprofile field ‘dogs’ and selected the value ‘poodles’.

<?php if ( bp_has_members( my_custom_ids( 'dogs', 'poodles' ) ) ) : ?>

If you’re using BP 2.0 or greater, you can use add_filter and thereby avoid the need for the template overload that is required so that you can change the bp_has_members call. Please see r-a-y’s post re bp_parse_args().

For more advanced manipulation re collecting member ids, please see BP_User_Query.
For more info on how to use $wpdb, please see this excellent page in the WP Codex – wpdb

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