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How to add an author profile page on WordPress

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Would you like add a custom author profile page on your WordPress blog?

Many WordPress themes have limited information about the author's profile and the author's archive page.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a custom author profile page in WordPress.

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But before, if you have never installed WordPress discover How to Install a WordPress Blog in 7 Steps et How to search, install and activate a WordPress theme on your blog 

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Method 1: How to Add Custom Author Profile Page in WordPress with WP User Manager

This method is recommended for all users. It is easy to configure and has more features.

The first thing to do is to install and activate the plugin « WP User Manager ". For more details, check out our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, you need to visit "Users> WPUM Settings" page to configure plugin settings.

Wpum settings

The plugin will automatically create the different pages to use as custom login page, custom user registration page, forgot password page, account, and profile pages.

WP User Manager is a powerful plugin and has many options. You must carefully examine them and disable the features you do not want to use.

Then you have to click on the tab " Profils To configure the user profile settings.

Wpum profile settings

Here you can enable the profile page option for guests, which means anyone can view user profiles. You can also allow members to view their profiles. If you disable this option, users will not be able to view their own profile pages.

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You can also allow users to upload custom profile photos and view their recent articles and comments on their profile page.

Do not forget to click on the button « Save Changes To memorize your settings.

Next, you need to select URLs or permalinks for the author's profile pages. You can do this by visiting the " Settings> Permalinks And scroll down to the section "Permalink database for the user profile".

Wordpress user permalinks

The plugin offers you to use the username, username or pseudonym in theURL. Nickname and Username are more user-friendly options than using User ID. Click to select one of the options, then click the "Save Changes" button to store your permalink settings.

Your custom profile pages are almost ready. Now, just allow users to easily find their profile pages on your site.

Configuration of permalinks wordpress widget

You can now visit your website to see the author's profile page in action. As a logged in user, you will see your own information in the sidebar widget. Clicking on the username will take you to your author profile page.

Wordpress user profile page

The sidebar widget will display a login form to logged out users. If you allow users to register on your website, the form will also include a link to register.

Go to the page « Appearance> Widgets And add the [WPUM] Login Form widget to a sidebar.

The plugin also changes author links on your website and displays them on the author profile page instead of the default author archive pages.

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Changing the Appearance of Author Profile Pages

If you just want to change the colors or borders, you can do so by adding custom CSS.

However, if you want to change the layout and order of things, you will need to edit the plugin template files. WP User Manager comes with custom template support, which means you can create your own templates in your current theme for the plugin.

First you need to login to your website using an FTP client and navigate to the "/ wp-content / plugins / wp-user-manager / templates /" folder. Download all the files you see on your computer.

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Then you need to go to the current theme folder and create a new “wpum” folder inside. Now move the files you downloaded earlier to the " wpum ».

You can now edit these files to customize the look of your profile pages as needed.

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Here ! That's it for this tutorial, now you can now create a custom profile page for your WordPress blog. Do not hesitate to share with your friends on your favorite social networks

However, you will also be able to consult our resources, if you need more elements to carry out your projects of creation of Internet sites, by consulting our guide on the WordPress blog creation.

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