Show newly added posts since last user login time/date in WordPress

Getting the posts after a specific login time can be done in 2 steps.

  • You need to store the last login time of the user.
  • Changing the query to pull the posts which are modified after the above login time.

The below function will store the last login time of the user.

// Associating a function to login hook
add_action ( 'wp_login', 'set_last_login' );

function set_last_login ( $login ) {
	$user = get_userdatabylogin ( $login );

	// Setting the last login of the user
	update_usermeta ( $user->ID, 'last_login', date ( 'Y-m-d H:i:s' ) );

Then you need to collect the last login time of the logged in user and modify the query as below.

// Get current user object
$current_user = wp_get_current_user();

// Get the last login time of the user
$last_login_time = get_user_meta ( $current_user->ID, 'last_login', true );

// WP_Query with post modified time
$the_query = new WP_Query(
						'date_query' =>
									'column' => 'post_modified',
									'after' => $last_login_time,
<?php if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : ?>

	<?php // Start the Loop ?>
	<?php while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); ?>
		<?php // Show the output ?>
	<?php endwhile; ?>

<?php elseif: ?>

	<?php echo __( 'No posts available' ); ?>
<?php endif; ?>
// Restore original Post Data

The above code will also work for newly added posts since on adding a new post the post_modified time is set same as post_date time.

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