I have a website where I let people subscribe. I would like to only show the author page for actual authors who have written a post. I wrote this code that checks for post the problem is I can't use a wp_redirect or include a template that uses it because then I get everyones favorite "cannot redifine headers header" message. I could display a "User has no post message but I think redirecting them to the main author page is a better option.

if ( is_author() ) : ?>

    <?php $id = get_query_var( 'author' );

    $post_count = get_usernumposts($id);
    if($post_count <= 0){ 
                 //This line could also be wp_redirect 
                 include( STYLESHEETPATH .'/author-redirect.php');


1 Answer 1


You can do this at an earlier moment by hooking into the right action, like template_redirect, which fires right before the template will be displayed.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse14047_template_redirect' );
function wpse14047_template_redirect()
    if ( is_author() ) {
        $id = get_query_var( 'author' );
        // get_usernumposts() is deprecated since 3.0
        $post_count = count_user_posts( $id );
        if ( $post_count <= 0 ) { 
            //This line could also be wp_redirect 
            include( STYLESHEETPATH .'/author-redirect.php' );
  • Awesome, What's up with that function name I know you don't want to conflict with other plugins but that name just seems illogical :)
    – Brooke.
    Apr 6, 2011 at 6:22
  • @BandonRandon: This is WordPress Stack Exchange question number 14047. I create a plugin every time I test some code, this helps me keep them apart. Sometimes I see a question that contains code with other question numbers in them, which gives me a hint into the thought process of the author. And I hope to once see some wpseXXXX functions in the official plugin repository, that would make me proud :-)
    – Jan Fabry
    Apr 6, 2011 at 6:45
  • Hi there, I was wondering how this code must change to hide a specific author but also all things related, like posts, comments and their author page. I created a new question here wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/20381/… I thing is a nice-to-have idea.
    – EnexoOnoma
    Jun 19, 2011 at 1:05

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