I have a sample code:

function change_author_permalinks() {
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = 'u';
    $wp_rewrite->author_structure = "/" . $wp_rewrite->author_base . '/%author%';
    add_rewrite_rule('u/([^/]+)/?$', 'index.php?author_name=$matches[1]', 'top');

but my current front set on my blog is:

t%post% (ex: www.domain.com/tauthor/username)

I want change to:


But when run code, result is page not found ? How to fix it ?


2 Answers 2


You're close, but you don't need the add_rewrite_rule call.

add_action('init', 'wpse82004_init');
function wpse82004_init()
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = 'u';
    $wp_rewrite->author_structure = '/' . $wp_rewrite->author_base . '/%author%';

After that's in place, just re-save permalinks.

Here's a plugin to put an option on your permalinks page to do this.

  • What does the author_structure part do that isn't handled by the author_base? Just curious, because I've not been using that line and it seems to work. Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 21:12
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    If you have your permalinks without a "front" it will work. Eg. /%year%/%month%/%postname%. If there is a front (eg. /this-is-a-front/%postname%) it won't work. Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 21:16
  • Thanks for clearing that up. I will update my live code based on your answer, so definitely +1 from me! Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 0:28
  • Don't forget to save your permalinks after adding this code so it flushes the rewrite rules.
    – Christine Cooper
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 9:59

This is what I did to change the author base:

// change base of author pages- need to save permalinks to take effect
function wpa_82004(){
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = 'people'; // or whatever

Once you've run this, be sure to re-save your permalinks. (Options->Permalinks) You have to flush your rewrite_rules to even know if this is working.

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