We are posting articles authored by guest authors. The guest authors will not be logging in to the site, and we don't want to create users for these guest authors. We are also not interested in any of the guest blogger plugins for MANY reasons..

To display the guest authors name in the guest posts, I've added a function to my theme's functions.php file so that using a custom field, my guest authors name will appear in place of the name of WordPress user who posted the article.. This function is outlined here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-rewrite-guest-author-name-with-custom-fields-in-wordpress/

Using this, I am able to change the name of the author to display the guest author's name.. However the author link still points to the author page of the WordPress user who posted the article.

So now I'd like to do something similar with the author link. What I would like to do is for the author link to go to a URL that I will enter in a custom field like I enter the guest author's name.

This is the code I'm using, but it's not working. The author link still takes you to the author page for the WordPress user who posted the article.

add_filter( 'the_author_posts_link', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);
add_filter( 'get_author_posts_url', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);
add_filter( 'the_author_link', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);
add_filter( 'get_author_link', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);

function guest_author_link($link, $author_id, $author_nicename) {
  global $post;
  $url = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-url', true );
    if( $url ) {
        $link = $url;
    return $link;
  • initially i find it hard to believe that one function could handle that many filters.
    – GhostToast
    Aug 16, 2013 at 21:37
  • Right.... So jabs/digs at my incorrect code aside :), do you have a suggestion on how to achieve my objective?? Aug 16, 2013 at 22:49
  • 1
    You didn't show code that triggers guest_author_link(). Have you tested your code to see if it is being executed? Aug 16, 2013 at 23:14
  • And now you see that wasn't a jab but an assessment :)
    – GhostToast
    Aug 17, 2013 at 18:44
  • I see that GhostToast.. :) It's all good.. Aug 17, 2013 at 20:34

1 Answer 1


Remove the filters and the function used in the tutorial you linked and replace them with this code:

add_filter( 'get_the_author_user_url', 'guest_author_url' ); 
add_filter( 'the_author', 'guest_author_link' ); 
add_filter( 'get_the_author_display_name', 'guest_author_name' );

function guest_author_url($url) {
  global $post;
  $guest_url = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-url', true );
  if ( filter_var($guest_url, FILTER_VALIDATE_URL) ) {
    return $guest_url;
  } elseif ( get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-author', true ) ) {
    return '#';
  return $url;

function guest_author_link($name) {
  global $post;
  $guest_url = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-url', true );
  $guest_name = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-author', true );
  if ( $guest_name && filter_var($guest_url, FILTER_VALIDATE_URL) ) {
    return '<a href="' . esc_url( $guest_url ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( sprintf(__("Visit %s&#8217;s website"), $guest_name) ) . '" rel="author external">' . $guest_name . '</a>';
  } elseif( $guest_name ) {
    return $guest_name;
  return $name;

function guest_author_name( $name ) {
  global $post;
  $guest_name = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'guest-author', true );
  if ( $guest_name ) return $guest_name;
  return $name;

Now you can use the_author_link() to see name and link for your guest author, but note that if your guest author has not a url the functions will show the name of the guest author linking the same page (href="#").

If you don't like this behavior, in your template file replace the_author_link() with the_author() and if your guest author has a name and a url the link is shown, otherwise you will see only the name.

Note that guest url must be a valid url (start with http:// or https://) or it will not be shown.

  • Hod d@mn G.M.!! That did it!!!! THANKS!!! I tried using the "Co-Authors Plus" plugin to do this, and I couldn't get the plugin to work, but this did the trick.. The one GOOD thing about the "Co-Authors Plus" plugin is it will create "author" pages for my guest authors which I can use in the custom field with this custom function.. Good stuff!!! Aug 17, 2013 at 3:26
  • One more question.. If the URL will ALWAYS follow a particular pattern with only ONE variation (ie: "yoursite.com/author/[author slug]"), How can this code be modified so that all I need to enter in the custom field is the variable (in this case the author slug)? Aug 17, 2013 at 17:40
  • Sorry, I don't full understand you question... maybe is better create another question, so you have more space to ask and explain and everyone (not only me) can easily answer.
    – gmazzap
    Aug 17, 2013 at 19:10
  • I started to post a separate question, but didn't want to get slammed for posting a duplicate.. But it probably makes sense to do that.. :) Will post new question.. Standby.. :) Aug 17, 2013 at 20:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.