get_the_author_link()

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


Description

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


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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

File: wp-includes/author-template.php

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 ) ),
			$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();
	}
}


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Changelog

Changelog
Version Description
3.0.0 Introduced.

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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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