Deprecated Deprecated

This function has been deprecated. Use wp_update_user() instead.

Summery Summery

Update the status of a user in the database.

Syntax Syntax

update_user_status( int $id, string $pref, int $value, null $deprecated = null )

Description Description

Previously used in core to mark a user as spam or "ham" (not spam) in Multisite.

Parameters Parameters


(Required) The user ID.


(Required) The column in the wp_users table to update the user's status in (presumably user_status, spam, or deleted).


(Required) The new status for the user.


(Optional) Deprecated as of 3.0.2 and should not be used.

Default value: null

Return Return

(int) The initially passed $value.

Source Source

File: wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php

function update_user_status( $id, $pref, $value, $deprecated = null ) {
	global $wpdb;

	_deprecated_function( __FUNCTION__, '5.3.0', 'wp_update_user()' );

	if ( null !== $deprecated ) {
		_deprecated_argument( __FUNCTION__, '3.0.2' );

	$wpdb->update( $wpdb->users, array( sanitize_key( $pref ) => $value ), array( 'ID' => $id ) );

	$user = new WP_User( $id );
	clean_user_cache( $user );

	if ( 'spam' === $pref ) {
		if ( $value == 1 ) {
			/** This filter is documented in wp-includes/user.php */
			do_action( 'make_spam_user', $id );
		} else {
			/** This filter is documented in wp-includes/user.php */
			do_action( 'make_ham_user', $id );

	return $value;


Changelog Changelog

Version Description
5.3.0 Use wp_update_user()
3.0.0 Introduced.

See also See also


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