How to display online users on your WordPress site

Online Users | WordPress Plugin | Ultimate Member

If you’re looking for a way to let users see which other users are online then you’ll be happy to know that we have created a free extension that will allow you to do just that.

Profile pics are displayed on front-end of site

With our online users extension you can add easily display the users who are currently on your site. The extension allows you to show online users anywhere on your site via a shortcode or you can quickly display online users in your sidebar or footer using the online user widget.

Extension creates a widget where you can display online users in your sidebar

The widget allows you to display all user roles or you can decide to only show one user role in the widget.

You can choose to show all user roles in widget or only one specific role

Users can also see if a user is online or not by looking at their profile. If a user is online a green dot will appear next to their name. It is also possible to show a user’s online status by adding the online status field to the user meta on the profile header or on member directories.

Green dot indicates a user is online. Also possible to display online status as user meta.

Another important feature of the extension is the privacy controls we’ve added. When activated the extension adds an option to the privacy tab on the user account page that allows users to decide whether they want to be shown as online or not.

Users can decide whether they want to be shown as online or not

Finally, if you’re worried about the performance of this extension then you shouldn’t be. We’ve utilised WordPress cron tasks to make this extension as performant efficient as possible, so as long as you’re not using dirt cheap shared hosting then you should have no issues with this extension.

Calum Allison

Founder of Ultimate Member - a free online community & user profile plugin for WordPress.


  1. Fetish For Code on 10th April 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for offering this for free. It is a great plugin. Very elegant!

  2. Nick Sayre on 6th May 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hi. This is a great extension, so thanks!

    You mentioned that it can be invoked with a shortcode, but I haven’t been able to find the syntax. How can I do that?

    • Ultimate Member on 7th May 2015 at 2:09 am


      You can do so by using this shortcode


  3. Nick Sayre on 7th May 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Worked like a charm!

  4. Stuart Martin on 20th August 2015 at 12:52 pm


    Updated my WordPress to 4.3 Widget for UM Online Members has vanished despite plugin still being installed and activated? I have another site running the same setup but still at v4.2 all works fine in that setup, has something happened to the UM Users Online Plugin as a result of the 4.3 WP update and can this be easily fixed to work again?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  5. Matthew Daniels on 30th August 2015 at 10:27 am


    I’m experiencing the same issue as above, “Updated my WordPress to 4.3 Widget for UM Online Members has vanished despite plugin still being installed and activated?”.

    I have checked on two other installations that were recently updated to 4.3 and same result, but another older installation 4.2.4 still has the widget as per normal?

    Looking forward to your help too, thanks!

  6. Ultimate Member on 2nd October 2015 at 1:07 am

    The widget issues are fixed with latest update of online users extension. Redownload the extension for free it’s fully compatible with WP 4.3!

  7. alex alex on 23rd May 2016 at 3:55 pm


    I added the shortcode into a column and i need to show “users online” only 1 user category not all of them. How can I do that from shortcode not from widgets?

    Thank you.

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