I have a website where users can register, login and their edit profile, they can comment but not post.
What I am looking for is a way to display a user profile page (where I display the gravatar and the info about the user) clicking on the username. The url must be something like "www.mywebsite.com/user/username".
I know about author.php, but I don't know how to link even if the user has no posts and is not an author.
I managed to solve it. Instead of linking using
<?php the_author_posts_link(); ?> I did an href linking to
www.mysite.com/user/<?php echo $user_info->display_name; ?>
To rename the slug I installed the Edit author slug plugin, it makes the author slug editable under Settings > permalinks.
To customize the user profile, just edit authors.php as you like.