I've tried a bunch of things but cannot find a solution that works.

I want my site to have the structure:

mysite.com/ = homepage
mysite.com/blogs/ = blog archive
mysite.com/blogs/year/ = blog archive (in a specific year)
mysite.com/blogs/year/month/ = blog archive (in a specific month)
mysite.com/blogs/year/month/postname = blog post
mysite.com/authors/ = authors archive
mysite.com/authors/nicename = author profile
mysite.com/customposttype/ = custom post type archive
mysite.com/customposttype/postname = custom post type post

Currently, with /blogs/%year%/%month%/%postname%/ set as the permalink structure, everything works correctly except the authors part. It forces it to mysite.com/blogs/authors/ and mysite.com/blogs/authors/nicename, which is not desireable, since most authors will be making custom post types and not blogs.

Some posts I checked here but without the right answer:

How to properly prefix blog post URL's

Permalinks Question: Adding a prefix ONLY in front of the posts

Possible to change the URL for the regular post type without affecting the URL of other custom post types?

  • Also I realize that the structure of /blogs/%postname%/ and blogs/%year%/%month%/%postname% are different in the title and content of the post, but those aren't the issue (I just typed it over a long period of time and didn't stay consistent).
    – ZachM
    Jun 20, 2012 at 20:56

1 Answer 1


You can set the author base independently by manipulating the $wp_rewrite global:

function wpa55976_author_base() {
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = 'authors';
    $wp_rewrite->author_structure = '/' . $wp_rewrite->author_base . '/%author%';

    // EDIT - rewrite rule to force author urls to resolve:
    add_rewrite_rule('authors/([^/]+)/?$', 'index.php?author_name=$matches[1]', 'top');

add_action( 'init', 'wpa55976_author_base' );

Make sure to visit your permalinks page to flush rewrites after you add this.

The one thing you won't get is mysite.com/authors/ = authors archive, as WordPress doesn't provide this page by default, though you may be able to create an authors page and use a custom template, or add a rewrite rule to handle it.

  • Thanks! This works to change the links to all point to mysite.com/authors/name but that link 404s every time, however, mysite.com/blog/author/name still displays the correct information. Edit: and I just tried going to Settings -> Permalinks and saving to refresh the Permalinks. No dice :-(
    – ZachM
    Jun 21, 2012 at 13:43
  • @ZachM - did you put it in the theme's functions.php file? the rewrite can't be present if the old author URLs still work. I've just tried it on a brand new 3.4 install with TwentyEleven theme and it's working here, if you could give that try and verify there's not otherwise a theme or plugin conflict.
    – Milo
    Jun 21, 2012 at 13:59
  • I had it in my plugin. I'll try switching it to functions.php.
    – ZachM
    Jun 21, 2012 at 14:31
  • I had the Edit Author Slug plugin activated from an earlier attempt, which was conflicting. Once I turn it off, it works! Thanks a million!
    – ZachM
    Jun 21, 2012 at 14:53
  • Actually it was working for a bit, then I went and added a custom taxonomy for something seemingly unrelated, and it broke again. I have no other modifications of the global $wp_rewrite variable in either the theme or any active plugin.
    – ZachM
    Jun 21, 2012 at 15:53

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