I want every user to get a profile in the front-end of my website. So I want to visit website.com/user/user-name and view all the information of this user. Is this somehow possible?

I would like to do this without a plug-in. All things I'll found on Google did include a plug-in like Front-End Only Users..

  • In a page template use <?php global $current_user; var_dump($current_user); ?>. For example: <?php the_author_meta( 'first_name', $current_user->ID ); ?>. Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 11:14

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You need to do 2 different things to achieve this.

URL Structure:

Getting the URL in your desired format: http://website.com/user/username

By default, user's archive URL is something like this http://website.com/author/username

There is a plugin to change author slug, install this plugin and set the slug to user

Plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/rename-author-slug/

[Note: I'm the author of this plugin]

Displaying info:

Customize your author.php file in theme directory and show specific information.

In this file, you can get any of information a user has.

To get a user's display-name, simply use <?php the_author_meta('display_name' ); ?>

Or to get his first name, use <?php the_author_meta('first_name' ); ?>

  • 1
    Thanks for your reply. I've tried finding my current author URL, but I'm not able to. I've added an author.php file and copied the author-bio.php from the twentyfiftheen theme, but while visiting /author/username I get an 404.. Do you know why?
    – ronnyrr
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 12:09
  • Try your-wp-url/?author=1 where 1 is user's ID.
    – mukto90
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 13:15

I would do it slightly different. I have a similar case but I created a custom post type with a full custom structure on the profile of that user. Using ACF, I linked the user account to the post in the custom post file. That way you have full control over how the user profile is structured and whatever fields are needed.

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