I want to add /category/ to a author archive page to filter just the posts from a specific category from all the authors, something like this: mysite.com/author/me/movies

Is there a way to do it using a function? I know how to do using something like this mysite.com/author/me/?category=movies, but I want using correct permalinks.

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You can achieve this by adding a new rewrite rule using 'add_rewrite_rule`.

If the category is the default WordPress category, you won't have to register a query_var but if your category is a custom category, then you would have to register a query_var using the query_vars filter.

If category is the default WordPress category:

function wpse256215_custom_rewrite_rule() {
add_action('init', 'wpse256215_custom_rewrite_rule', 10, 0);

If category is a custom query variable (author_category):

function wpse256215_custom_rewrite_rule() {
add_action('init', 'wpse256215_custom_rewrite_rule', 10, 0);

function wpse256215_query_vars( $query_vars ) {
    $query_vars[] = 'author_category';
    return $query_vars;
add_filter( 'query_vars', 'wpse256215_query_vars' );

To use the custom query variable in your template, you can then use the get_query_var function:

$author_category = get_query_var( 'author_category' );


  • Works! Thanks @Tunji. Btw, the page title dont assume the author name or anything. Can I add something to this rewrite rule to configure how the page titles will work in this cases? Feb 13, 2017 at 10:33
  • You should either edit your archive.php template file or use the_title filter
    – Tunji
    Feb 13, 2017 at 11:04
  • I had problem with pagination, and i did this: function wp_author_plus_category () { add_rewrite_rule('^author/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/?','index.php?author_name=$matches[1]&category_name=$matches[2]','top'); add_rewrite_rule('^author/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/page/([0-9]{1,})/?','index.php?author_name=$matches[1]&category_name=$matches[2]&paged=$matches[4]','top'); } add_action('init', 'wp_author_plus_category', 10, 0); but don't work. What i'm doing wrong? Feb 13, 2017 at 11:07
  • Can you paste a sample url with pagination? Plus your regex looks wrong
    – Tunji
    Feb 13, 2017 at 11:38
  • http://cinemacomrapadura.com.br/author/siqueira/criticas/?theme=chazelle the ?theme is for forcing the theme that I'm developing right now. Feb 13, 2017 at 12:45

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