Tracking Session Variables in WordPress

Tracking Session Variables in WordPress

Recently, a discussion came up about some new feature that will need to be added to a client website and it quickly became clear that we need to track the some variables in the session state. Now, I had always been told that WordPress, in trying to present a stateless solution, didn’t support tracking sessions variables without custom cookies.

Well after a little Googling (thank you Larry and Sergey) i found the following article on Session Variables in WordPress and it has a very elegant and simple solution to the problem.

Just add the following code to your theme’s function.php and you are good to go:
function THEMENAME_init_session()
{
session_start();
}
add_action('init', 'THEMENAME_init_session', 1);

This is exactly what I needed so now we’ll be able to store and access $_SESSION[] variables.

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Michael Gibbs

I'm a technologist at heart, assisting companies best utilize the Internet to market themselves and sell their products and services online. This includes organizations as large as Google and as small as one or two individuals.
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.

I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.

I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.

I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
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Private Pilot with Instrument rating and proud husband of soon to be 25 years (and counting).
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