How to Change WordPress Author URL Slug and Base

Do you want to change WordPress author URL slug and base?

In this article, we’ll show you how to change your default WordPress author URL slug to a custom one.

You can Change WordPress Author URL Slug and Base using a simple WordPress Plugin named Edit Author Slug. Just install and active this plugin from the WordPress directory. After active this plugin, visit “Settings > Edit Author Slug” and change the URL base and slug as you wish. Read this article till the end for a step-by-step guide.

WordPress comes with built-in support for SEO friendly URL structure where you can set custom URL structure for page, post, and categories but there is no option for you to customize the author URL.

How to Change WordPress Author URL Slug

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily change the WordPress author URL slug and base using a simple and lightweight plugin.

What is a URL Slug and URL Base?

Now the question is what is URL slug and URL base? Ok, Show the below URL carefully.

In the above URL, “” is the main website URL, “author” is the URL base and “admin” is the URL slug.

Hope you understand what is URL base & URL slug. While a website admin can change the URL slug and URL base for posts, pages, categories, and tags from the admin panel, it’s not possible to change the author URL.

Let’s see how you can easily change author URL slug and base in WordPress using a simple WordPress plugin.

How to Change WordPress Author URL Slug and Base

First of all, you need to install and activate the Edit Author Slug plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Change URL Base

After activating this plugin, visit Settings > Edit Author Slug. Here you can find all the available options.

WordPress Author URL base

Now change the base URL as you wish. You can also set base URL as per User role. To active user role-based author base then Check Role-Based Author Base option and set a custom value. Once you are finished, click on the save changes button to store your settings. That’s all, From now this plugin automatically changes the URL base when you add a new user to your website.

Change URL Slug

author slug structure

Below the URL base options, you’ll find Automatic Author Slug Creation option where you have to select the Auther Slug Structure. You can set slug as a Nickname, Username, Display Name, First Name, Last Name, etc, etc. Once you are finished, click on the save changes button.

Change URL Slug From Profile Page

You can do all the things from the user profile page also. Upon activation, this plugin will add a few options to each user profile page.

To do this, go to Users > All Users > Select user & hit edit

Edit author slug in wordpress

Simply scroll down to Edit Author Slug section and you will see a number of choices (first name, last name, custom, etc) that you can use as author slug. You can even enter a custom slug.

Edit author slug

Once you have made the changes click on the “Update Profile” button. Now check your site from the front end you will be able to see the newly entered author slug as your URL.

Note: Set a 301 URL redirect from old URL to new URL after complete all steps also note that this plugin only changes the author URL, it doesn’t change your WordPress username.


Hope this article showed you an easy way to change WordPress author URL slugs, as well as the base URL. If you have any query regarding this article then comment below, we will love to solve them.

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