How to enable or disable author archive pages

Author archive pages list all content written by a specific user on your site. It is possible to enable or disable the author archives both in Yoast SEO and in Yoast SEO Premium. If you have author archives enabled, your site will have an archive per user, showing all the posts they’ve created. In this article, we’ll explain how you can enable and disable the author archive pages.

If you want people to find author archives on your site, but you don’t want the author archives to show up in the search results, you can also noindex your author archives. It’s possible to do this for all of your author archives, but you can also noindex certain individual author archives.

To disable or enable author archive pages, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘SEO’ in the sidebar

    The sidebar contains a list of menu items that allow you to create content or access WordPress, plugin and theme settings. Yoast SEO adds a top-level menu called ‘SEO’ with the Yoast logo.

  3. Click on ‘Search Appearance’.

    The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options for customizing Yoast SEO and our add-ons.

  4. Click on the ‘Archives’ tab.

  5. Toggle the ‘Author archives’ switch to match your site setup.

    Single author sites should disable the author archives to avoid duplicate content errors. When disabled, Yoast SEO will redirect the author archive pages to the homepage and remove the author sitemap.

    Multiple author sites should enable the author archives and customize the author sitemap. When enabled, the author archive pages can be accessed and Yoast SEO will create the author sitemap.

  6. Click ‘Save Changes’.

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