My current, hacky way, is this:

Right now, in my functions.php file I have something like this:

 * Create the query var so that WP catches the custom /profile/username url

    function userpage_rewrite_add_var( $vars ) {
        $vars[] = 'profile';
        return $vars;
    add_filter( 'query_vars', 'userpage_rewrite_add_var' );

 * Create rewrite rule
 * @return [type] [description]

    function userpage_rewrite_rule() {
        add_rewrite_tag( '%profile%', '([^&]+)' );

 * Catch the URL and redirect it to a template file
 * @return [type] [description]

    function userpage_rewrite_catch() {
        global $wp_query;

        if ( array_key_exists( 'profile', $wp_query->query_vars ) ) {
            require_once TEMPLATEPATH . '/author.php';
    add_action( 'template_redirect', 'userpage_rewrite_catch' );

And inside the author.php template, something like this:

     * Get users nice_name from GET
     * @var [type]

        $nice_name = $wp_query->query_vars['profile'];

     * Get the user
     * @var [type]

        $user = get_user_by('slug', $nice_name );

        echo '<h1>Hello ' . $user->first_name . '</h1>';

However, this has numerous disadvantages, amongst others:

  • Feels hacky
  • Can't use functions such as get_the_author_meta()
  • Incorrect page meta (title, og:image, og:url, etc). Currently it graps everything from the "Blog"-page

What is the correct way?

  • What can I do to improve my question, so it'll receive more attention / get answered?
    – FooBar
    May 5 '15 at 8:19
  • it's unclear what you would like to achieve. Can you maybe explain the purpose behind your request. Maybe in the expanded part explain: "I would like to make an author.php page appear if so an so... " May 5 '15 at 12:10
  • In general the author.php file is a file meant to be displayed when a user accesses the author's page via url. May 5 '15 at 12:13
  • @hitautodestruct the issue is that page meta (i.e. the page title, the page thumbnail, and so on) is not correct. I think I need to tell WordPress somehow, that this is an author page, so it will assign the correct page data (like title, etc).
    – FooBar
    May 7 '15 at 11:19
  • Wordpress loads the author page based on the URL. You can create a specific file called author.php that will allow you to customise the look of the page. Take a look at this codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy#Author_display May 7 '15 at 11:25

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