When a user is blocked the (core) user profile is still accessible. I would rather show a message "this user profile has been removed".

I could write an exception into the user-profile.tpl.php. Is there a better way?

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You should be able to implement hook_user_view in a custom module.

First create a page which contains your preferred content (e.g. "This user profile has been removed"). Let's call this node/1337 for now.

Secondly, you want something along the lines of the following:

function mymodule_user_view($account, $view_mode, $langcode) {
  if ($account->status == '0') {

There are other parameters you can pass to drupal_goto if you wish (such as HTTP response code) - check out the API for more info :-)

  • Ooh, another note..you might want to put some authentication in for user 1 - as it's written, the code will block user 1 out of the profile as well. Sorry.
    – Chapabu
    Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 16:55
  • that's great, thank you. Looks like I can use the same code to hide the admin profile.
    – uwe
    Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 19:34

You can try to alter the page callback of user profile page, change the access callback to point to your custom function that determine whether a user is blocked.

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