I'm using the following author archive code:

* The template for displaying Author Archive pages.
* @package Cryout Creations
* @subpackage Parabola
* @since Parabola 1.0

get_header(); ?>

    <section id="container" class="<?php echo parabola_get_layout_class(); ?>">
        <div id="content" role="main">
        <?php cryout_before_content_hook(); ?>

        <?php if ( have_posts() ) : ?>

                /* Queue the first post, that way we know
                 * what author we're dealing with (if that is the case).
                 * We reset this later so we can run the loop
                 * properly with a call to rewind_posts().

            <header class="page-header">
                <h1 class="page-title author"><?php printf( __( 'Author Archives: %s', 'parabola' ), '<span class="vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="' . esc_url( get_author_posts_url( get_the_author_meta( "ID" ) ) ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( get_the_author() ) . '" rel="me">' . get_the_author() . '</a></span>' ); ?></h1>

                /* Since we called the_post() above, we need to
                 * rewind the loop back to the beginning that way
                 * we can run the loop properly, in full.

            // If a user has filled out their description, show a bio on their entries.
            if ( get_the_author_meta( 'description' ) ) : ?>
            <div id="author-info">
                <div id="author-avatar">
                    <?php echo get_avatar( get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ), apply_filters( 'parabola_author_bio_avatar_size', 60 ) ); ?>
                </div><!-- #author-avatar -->
                <div id="author-description">
                    <h2><?php printf( __( 'About %s', 'parabola' ), get_the_author() ); ?></h2>
                    <?php the_author_meta( 'description' ); ?>
                </div><!-- #author-description  -->
            </div><!-- #entry-author-info -->
            <?php endif; ?>

            <?php /* Start the Loop */ ?>
            <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

                    /* Include the Post-Format-specific template for the content.
                     * If you want to overload this in a child theme then include a file
                     * called content-___.php (where ___ is the Post Format name) and that will be used instead.
                    get_template_part( 'content/content', get_post_format() );

            <?php endwhile; ?>

            <?php if($parabola_pagination=="Enable") parabola_pagination(); else parabola_content_nav( 'nav-below' ); ?>

        <?php else : ?>

            <article id="post-0" class="post no-results not-found">
                <header class="entry-header">
                    <h1 class="entry-title"><?php _e( 'Nothing Found', 'parabola' ); ?></h1>
                </header><!-- .entry-header -->

                <div class="entry-content">
                    <p><?php _e( 'Apologies, but no results were found for the requested archive. Perhaps searching will help find a related post.', 'parabola' ); ?></p>
                    <?php get_search_form(); ?>
                </div><!-- .entry-content -->
            </article><!-- #post-0 -->

        <?php endif; ?>

        <?php cryout_after_content_hook(); ?>
        </div><!-- #content -->
    <?php parabola_get_sidebar(); ?>
    </section><!-- #primary -->

<?php get_footer(); ?>

I need to exclude a category from the author page. However I can't get this to work.

If added

query_posts (query_posts( 'cat=-x' ); where x is category to skip), 

instead of looping through posts I always see one single/same post which is not of selected category.

Any suggestions, why this might not work?


1 Answer 1


Never use query_posts, use pre_get_posts to modify any main query.

function wpd_exclude_author_category( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_author() && $query->is_main_query() ) {
        $query->set( 'category__not_in', array( 42 ) );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpd_exclude_author_category' );
  • could you explain why?
    – Saulius S
    Jun 25, 2014 at 7:48
  • @SauliusS The main query is run before the template is loaded (it's how WordPress knows what template to load), when you use query_posts you run a new query which overwrites that one, so for every page view you are running an extra query, which wastes cpu and memory. pre_get_posts modifies query parameters before the main query is run. for more info, read the codex entry for query_posts.
    – Milo
    Jun 25, 2014 at 8:04
  • @PieterGoosen unluckily the pre_get_posts is only partially good. Most of the single posts have paging previous/next, and pre_get_posts is not working in such case.
    – Saulius S
    Jul 13, 2014 at 0:36
  • @Milo, I think the comment above is directed at you :-) Jul 13, 2014 at 10:32

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