Retrieve either author’s link or author’s name.

Description Description

If the author has a home page set, return an HTML link, otherwise just return the author’s name.

Return Return

(string|null) An HTML link if the author's url exist in user meta, else the result of get_the_author().

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/author-template.php

function get_the_author_link() {
	if ( get_the_author_meta( 'url' ) ) {
		return sprintf(
			'<a href="%1$s" title="%2$s" rel="author external">%3$s</a>',
			esc_url( get_the_author_meta( 'url' ) ),
			/* translators: %s: Author's display name. */
			esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'Visit %s&#8217;s website' ), get_the_author() ) ),
	} else {
		return get_the_author();

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
3.0.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Codex

    This example displays the author’s Website URL as a link and the text for the link is the author’s Profile Display Name. In this example, the author’s Display Name is James Smith.

    <p>Written by: 
    <?php echo get_the_author_link(); ?></p>

    Which displays as:

    Written by: James Smith

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