WP Custom Author URL


This plugin will allow you to choose a custom URL for your author links, instead of the standard WordPress author page.
This can be useful if you want to link to your own Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media profile.

There are two areas where this plugin can be configured:

Firstly, a global settings section is available under WordPress Settings. Second, under each users profile page.

A user can set their own custom URL on their profile page, and this will apply just to them.
This can can be overriden by the global admin setting, if the ‚Override Individual Authors‘ setting is checked.

Custom author URL’s also redirect author pages when directly accessed.
For example if your user is called Bob, and you try to access https://yourblog.com/author/bob, it will redirect.


  • The global settings:
  • User specific settings:


From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‚Plugins > Add New‘
  2. Search for ‚WP Custom Author URL‘
  3. Activate ‚WP Custom Author URL‘ from your Plugins page.
  4. Visit ‚WP Custom Author URL Options‘ in the ‚Plugins‘ submenu to access the settings.

From WordPress.org

  1. Download ‚WP Custom Author URL‘.
  2. Upload the ‚wp-custom-author-url‘ directory to your ‚/wp-content/plugins/‘ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate ‚WP Custom Author URL‘ from your Plugins page.
  4. Visit ‚Custom Author URL‘ in the ‚Settings‘ menu to access the settings.


Can I set it to open in a new tab?

Not at the moment, this will have to be configured via the theme until I find a reliable way of doing this.

Do you have any other useful plugins?

Yes, I have two other ( completely free ) plugins called WP Dev Flag & WP Custom Author URL, both on the WordPress Repository here:

WP Dev Flag
Woo Custom Empty Price


19. November 2020
A brilliant plugin. Now you can create custom author pages and have the author link under a post point directly to the corresponding page. This can be set individually for each user in the profile. Alternatively, all author links can be redirected to a single page. I love the plugin. It solves a big problem.
3. Oktober 2019
I have been searching for a solution to hiding my username when someone hovered over my author's link on posts. It boggled my mind that WordPress would allow such a hole in their armor as this for hackers to abuse. Finally, I can have some authority over what information readers and nefarious people can see with a little nudge of their mouse. Thank you, Chris, for developing this plug-in. One less thing I have to code. 🙂
6. Mai 2019
I installed this because I didn't want my author's username to be accessible to crawlers and other users, while I wanted to maintain an author's biography page so readers could see more about the author. This plugin is a god send as it allows me to do both of these. And what's more it does it in a very easy fashion!
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