get_the_author_link()WP 3.0.0

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

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

Hooks from the function


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





#1 Display the post author’s Website URL as a link

The link text will be the author's name, which is specified in the "Display name" field in the profile.

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

We get it:

Written by: <a href="https://{author_site}">James</a>


Written by: James

if the author does not have a website listed.


  • Global. WP_User. $authordata The current author's data.


Since 3.0.0 Introduced.

get_the_author_link() code WP 6.1.1

function get_the_author_link() {
	if ( get_the_author_meta( 'url' ) ) {
		global $authordata;

		$author_url          = get_the_author_meta( 'url' );
		$author_display_name = get_the_author();

		$link = sprintf(
			'<a href="%1$s" title="%2$s" rel="author external">%3$s</a>',
			esc_url( $author_url ),
			/* translators: %s: Author's display name. */
			esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'Visit %s&#8217;s website' ), $author_display_name ) ),

		 * Filters the author URL link HTML.
		 * @since 6.0.0
		 * @param string  $link       The default rendered author HTML link.
		 * @param string  $author_url Author's URL.
		 * @param WP_User $authordata Author user data.
		return apply_filters( 'the_author_link', $link, $author_url, $authordata );
	} else {
		return get_the_author();