My understanding about author archive page URL rewriting is that as long as the author has atleast one post/page the URL for the archive page ofthe author will be re-written to:


However, if the author does not have any post/page then the URL for the archive page will be of the form


How can we force wordpress to always rewrite the URL to /author-base/%author% even if the author does not possess any post/page.

  • If author does not posses any posts then what will actually be displayed on the page? I mean you can always show the authors with no posts by <?php wp_list_authors('hide_empty=0'); ?> but redirecting to an author archive page that is empty seems useless.
    – Borek
    Jan 18 '14 at 19:27
  • @Borek Why that? You could show pretty much all info entered in the (possibly extended) profile page like "Bio", contact methods, etc.
    – kaiser
    Jan 27 '15 at 14:58

We managed this by hijacking the default author template and setting up our own.

Set up a new url rewrite for team members:

add_action('init', function () {
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = 'team';
    $wp_rewrite->author_structure = '/' . $wp_rewrite->author_base. '/%author%';

In the template we then use:

$uid = get_query_var('author');

to get the user's id.

From there you can build out your own template (author.php) for your authors.

We approached this from the perspective of wanting a custom template and url structure for our authors, but ended up solving your problem in the process (I think).

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