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Heres a little trick on how to remove the WordPress author prefix from the author slug.
To clarify, this snippet will help you turn: ‘http://domain.com/author/peter/‘ into: ‘http://domain.com/peter/‘.

Since we want all links across the site that uses the WordPress author paradigm to auto-update without keeping the original links and then redirecting to a new one, We do not want to use any redirects of any kind but create an actual function in the WordPress functions.php file. We need to add WP rewrite rules to match the names of each of our users in the desired form.

  • The first part of markup hooks into the author_rewrite_rules filter and replaces the author rewrite rules. This retrieves all the usernames and adds a rewrite rule specifically for each user (the markup below won’t handle feeds, so look at the WP No Category Base source if you need that).
  • The second part of markup is a function which hooks into the author_link filter and removes the ‘author’ base from the returned URL.

Instructions
Add this code to your functions.php file.
*Remember to flush your rewrite rules after implementing this snippet, by going into “permalinks” within settings and then click “save changes”.

// The first part //
add_filter('author_rewrite_rules', 'no_author_base_rewrite_rules');
function no_author_base_rewrite_rules($author_rewrite) { 
    global $wpdb;
    $author_rewrite = array();
    $authors = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT user_nicename AS nicename from $wpdb->users");    
    foreach($authors as $author) {
        $author_rewrite["({$author->nicename})/page/?([0-9]+)/?$"] = 'index.php?author_name=$matches[1]&paged=$matches[2]';
        $author_rewrite["({$author->nicename})/?$"] = 'index.php?author_name=$matches[1]';
    }   
    return $author_rewrite;
}

// The second part //
add_filter('author_link', 'no_author_base', 1000, 2);
function no_author_base($link, $author_id) {
    $link_base = trailingslashit(get_option('home'));
    $link = preg_replace("|^{$link_base}author/|", '', $link);
    return $link_base . $link;
}

To prevent collision with users creating usernames similar to pages or categories – you can either create a function or use a plugin that restricts usernames from being created – How to restrict usernames in WordPress.

This snippet will allow you to change the default WordPress author URL base from ie: “mysite.com/author/name”, to ie.”mysite.com/profile/name”. In this example we are changing the slug to “profile”, but you can change this to anything that you would like.

Instructions
1. Add this code to your functions.php

<?php 
add_action('init', 'wp_snippet_author_base');
function wp_snippet_author_base() {
    global $wp_rewrite;
    $author_slug = 'profiles'; // the new slug name
    $wp_rewrite->author_base = $author_slug;
}
?>

2. The permalink settings have to be updated after adding the above snippet to your functions.php. This is simply done by navigating to: settings > permalink and click “Save Changes”.

Related plugins:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/edit-author-slug/