I am trying to create a user profile template using author.php. However, the template remains blank if I try to see the profile of a user that has not created any posts.

www.website.com/author/user1 -> Has written Posts -> Template shows User info

www.website.com/author/user2 -> Subscriber account -> template remains empty

How can I tell Wordpress to fill in the information for every user?

Edit: My Code so far:

$userID = get_the_author_meta('ID');
$user = get_userdata($userID);

<div class="profile-wrapper">

    <div class="row justify-content-center user-info">
        <div class="col-lg-5 text-center">
            <span><?php echo get_avatar($user->ID, 150) ?></span>
            <h2 class="heading-semibig"><?php echo $user->display_name ?></h2>

  • What is the code in the template? Are you trying to output the user information after if ( have_posts() ) :? Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 14:06
  • Please see my edit. I don't have any if statements
    – Philipp K
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 14:19

1 Answer 1


get_the_author_meta( 'ID' ) gets the ID of the author of the current post. If there's no post there's no author.

Use get_queried_object_id() instead. When used on author archives (i.e. author.php) it will be the ID of the author, regardless of whether or not they have posts.

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