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  • I’ve just upgraded to WP 3.0 and I’ve added a custom metalink for guest authors. After reading this post, I tested replacing my author link – it almost works.

    This is my code:

    // Replace author name with guest author name if populated
    add_filter( 'the_author', 'guest_author_name' );
    add_filter( 'get_the_author_display_name', 'guest_author_name' );
    add_filter( 'the_author_link', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);
    add_filter( 'get_the_author_link', 'guest_author_link', 10, 3);
    // Function to replace author name with guest author, if guest author has value
    function guest_author_name( $name ) {
      global $post;
      $author = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_author_name', true );
      if ( $author )
        $name = $author;
      return $name;
    function guest_author_link( $link, $author_id, $author_nicename ) {
      global $post;
      $url = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_author_url', true );
      if( ($author_id==1) && ($url) ) {
          $link = $url;
      return $link;

    I’m able to replace the name, but the link sill points to the posts original author (wordpress author). I would like replace the link to the URL entered for the guest author.

    Another “problem” is if I want to see all posts from this guest author. How do I list those posts if the user is not registered as a user? My first thought is creating a custom wp-query – but it would be sweet if I could use one of my existing templates for listing articles.

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