I run a social movement community site, which features links to the '/user' page, which either shows people the login/registration page, or shows them their user account if they're logged in. If people are logged in, how can I make these links to /user redirect to /user/UID ? (E.g. if I'm the one logged in, I'd like to redirect my visits to http://effectivealtruismhub.com/user to http://effectivealtruismhub.com/user/1 - currently it shows me my user page, but just shows http://effectivealtruismhub.com/user in the address bar.)

This is a valuable feature because people benefit from seeing the URL of their user page, as on this community site and others they'll want to share it with people.

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If you were handcoding this, you would create a menu path using hook_menu, with %uid as the second parameter. And the page_callback value of the menu item would be the function rendering the user page. You will then use hook_user_login to set the redirect rule.

If you were doing this using contrib modules, I suggest you looking into profile2, it comes with a built in functionality where each user has their own profile page.

edited: The last sentence on your question, makes me led to think that the user/%uid path needs to be accessible users/visitors other than the owner. So let's here is how you would do it.

  1. Create your custom module, let's call it ea_custom for the sake of this example.
  2. Add hook_menu and page_callback to your ea_custom.module and register the path for the individual user page.

    /* Implements hook_menu */ function ea_custom_menu() { $items['users/%user'] = array( //the %user will be used as argument for the page callback 'title' => t('User Profile'), 'page callback' => 'ea_custom_render_userpage', 'page arguments' => array(1), //zero base array. This tells hook menu to first load user with the specified uid specified by %user parameter. 'access callback' => 'user_access', //so non-onwer can also view it 'access arguments' => array('access content'), ); return $items; }

    /**** page callback for users/%user ****/ function ea_custom_render_userpage($user) { //you now have accessed to the user object drupal_set_message('

    ' . print_r($user, TRUE) . '

    //assemble your output using the values inside $user object $output = $user->uid; //etc.. etc...

    return $output; }

Additional notes: you can use different methods to get values from entity objects such as user and node. I would recommend you to check entity_metadata_wrapper for one. Also, instead of using %user, to get user object, you could opt to use %profile2, since you have that module installed, and it will allows you access to fields you have attached to profile type.

wow, I can't seem to format this properly. Here is the paste bin: http://pastebin.com/kiv6GfPN

  • Thanks, I'll look into the first option. I'm using profile2, but it still has the described issue: if you visit effectivealtruismhub.com/user you only see effectivealtruismhub.com/user in the address bar.
    – tog22
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:37
  • Alas I need some help understanding the 1st option. I don't know what you mean by "with %uid as the second parameter" or "use hook_user_login to set the redirect rule". Here's my code so far, how would I extend it? It's at pastebin.com/mK6cUpFW and pasted here: <?php function ea_hub_support_menu() { $items['user/redirect'] = array( 'page callback' => 'WHAT?' ); return $items; }
    – tog22
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:50

You can use the module Login Destination, Website: Login Destination

Once there you can create your the action destination after login and inside there create a code in PHP:

  global $user;
  return  "user/".$user->uid;

That can work for what you need, let me know !

  • This doesn't sound like it gives me a page I can link to for all users to take them to /user/UID
    – tog22
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:40
  • Login Destination will redirect to whatever page you need ... if you do that PHP Code, that will redirect to your website plus that link after you log in. Example : effectivealtruismhub.com/user/".$user->uid Isn't that what your looking for?
    – DarkteK
    Oct 31, 2014 at 15:50
  • No, I want to redirect the URL /user to /user/UID, for logged in users. At the very least, I want to be able to have a link - like /user - which will show the page of whatever user is logged in, and have that link then show /user/UID in the address bar.
    – tog22
    Oct 31, 2014 at 22:39

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