Why doesn't wp_title() display the author's name on an author archive as it does for a category or date archive? How can I hack this functionality?

header.php calls:

<title><?php wp_title ( '|', true,'right' ); ?></title>

Here is my author.php:

<?php get_header(); ?>
    $curauth = (isset($_GET['author_name'])) ? get_user_by('slug', $author_name) : get_userdata(intval($author));
    function validate_gravatar($email) {
    // Craft a potential url and test its headers
    $hash = md5($email);
    $uri = 'http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/' . $hash . '?d=404';
    $headers = @get_headers($uri);
    if (!preg_match("|200|", $headers[0])) {
        $has_valid_avatar = FALSE;
    } else {
        $has_valid_avatar = TRUE;
    return $has_valid_avatar;
$user_email = $curauth->user_email;
$has_avatar = validate_gravatar($user_email);

  <div class="content-title">About <?php echo $curauth->display_name; ?></div>

  <div id="curauth" class="post-content">
  <div id="avatar"><?php if($has_avatar) {echo get_avatar($curauth->ID, 70);} ?></div>
  <?php if ($curauth->user_description) : ?>
   <p><?php echo $curauth->user_description; ?></p>
   <?php endif; 
   if ($curauth->user_url) : ?>
   <p><a href="<?php echo $curauth->user_url; ?>"><?php echo $curauth->user_url; ?></a></p>
   <?php endif; ?>
   <?php if (!$curauth->user_description && !$curauth->user_url) : ?>
   <p>A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma...</p>
   <?php endif; ?>

  <div class="content-title">Contact</div>
  <div id="curauth" class="post-content">
  <?php echo do_shortcode( '[contact-form 1 "Contact Author"]' ); ?>

<div class="content-title">
  <?php $post = $posts[0]; // Hack. Set $post so that the_date() works. ?>
  <?php _e('Author Archive'); ?>
  <a href="javascript: void(0);" id="mode"<?php if ($_COOKIE['mode'] == 'grid') echo ' class="flip"'; ?>></a> </div>
<!-- The Loop -->
<?php get_template_part('loop'); ?>
<?php get_template_part('pagination'); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

1 Answer 1


I see my name in the title when viewing author pages.

wp_title() runs this code during execution..

// If there's an author
if ( is_author() ) {
    $author = get_queried_object();
    $title = $author->display_name;

Perhaps your author(s) don't have a display name set?

Additionally be sure to try disabling plugins that may be hooking a filter onto wp_title and check your theme's function file for functions that hook on to...

  • Nope they all do. For example: mbird.com/author/sysadmin - Its displaying the name of my blog again. Apr 12, 2011 at 12:50
  • Tried with plugins disabled? Alot of SEO related plugins like to hook onto wp_title and change things..
    – t31os
    Apr 12, 2011 at 13:19
  • .. or under another theme(to rule out a theme specific function being at fault)...
    – t31os
    Apr 12, 2011 at 13:31
  • Nothing hooks into wp_title(). If you navigate around the site, you can see the function working well on other pages. Apr 12, 2011 at 18:50
  • Does switching theme resolve the problem? Not suggesting it as a solution, just a means to narrow down the problem.
    – t31os
    Apr 12, 2011 at 22:51

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