TIP: Disable Author Pages in WordPress

Introduction

In most WordPress websites the author pages functionality isn’t needed.   For search engines it can create unwanted duplicate links to your content.

There are a few solutions to the problem.  A couple are:  get a plugin or create an author template for your theme / child theme.  I will be showing you how to create an author template.

The Quick Tip

In your theme directory place the following into author.php

<?php

// Disable author pages
// PHP permanent URL redirection
header("Location: /", true, 301);

?>

This does a permanent redirect to your home page.

Conclusion

Its a quick and easy way to get the job done.

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