The author’s URL in WordPress consists of your domain name followed by the author text as the base and the author’s name as a slug. Slug is any author’s username used after the base in the author’s URL. An author’s URL is linked to a page showing all posts made by that author.
For Example https://yourdoamin.com/author/username
In WordPress, the author URL base and slug control how the URLs for author archives are structured. As shown above, WordPress uses the “author” base and the author’s username as the slug. But, you can customize these settings to suit your needs. This lesson guides you on how you can edit the author URL base and slug in your WordPress website.
How To Edit Author’s Slug?
Install and activate the Edit Author Slug plugin. After activation, you would be able to edit the author’s base by following these steps:
- Go to Settings -> Edit Author Slug in your WordPress dashboard.
- Enter your desired author slug in the provided field.
- Save the changes.
The plugin also enables you to use different author bases for authors on the basis of their roles on your website.
For editing the author’s slug, the plugin enables a set of options on each user’s profile page:
- Navigate to Users -> All Users admin page
- Click the ‘Edit’ link which takes you to the Edit User page.
- Scroll to the Edit Author Slug section
- Change the author’s slug
- Save your changes.
Updating the author URL i.e. base and slug affects your website’s SEO and existing links to some extent. So it is advised to set up proper redirects if you’re making significant changes to the URLs, you may use the ‘Redirection’ plugin for that.