Set a custom rewrite rule for author archives in WordPress

In the comments of my post on custom rewrite rules in WordPress, I received a query regarding creating author profile URLs using a rewrite convention of “/profile“.

The WordPress author archives are a great way to create profiles for each author on your WordPress-powered website (in fact, it’s done for you by default). The author archives also make use of the “author.php” template file, if it exists in the theme, allowing for easy additions of custom information about the author, custom content from various areas of your website or links to their social media profiles. The question is, how can we leverage this and still have “/profile” as a part of the URL to each author’s archive screen?

Custom URL rewrites in WordPress – A Getting Started Guide

I’ve been tweeting quite a bit recently about custom URL rewrites in WordPress. After a few hours of trial and error, I’ve managed to get my specific custom URL rewrites working. After reading through several tutorials online (the majority of which used the same examples to explain only a portion the information I was looking for), here’s my tutorial- a getting started guide to Custom URL rewrites in WordPress.

The process

So, what exactly are we doing here? To put things in point form, this is the process:

  1. Create custom rewrite rules
  2. Add our new variables to the public_query_vars array
  3. Flush (and thus, regenerate) all WordPress rewrite rules
  4. Add our functions from steps 1, 2 and 3 into WordPress via actions and filters

Right, so lets get down to it then.