If you’re a website owner, one of the most effective ways to keep your visitors coming back is to make it easy for them to form personal connections with you or your writers(authors). The question is, how can you best show your audience who you are, and encourage them to start a conversation? Seeing an actual person behind the content helps build credibility and strengthens your site’s authority among users.
The most obvious way to do this is to create an About Me page for your site, but unfortunately, many readers won’t even find their way to the page.
One of the ways that you can get more exposure for yourself, your business, and your brand is to have an “Author Box” on your WordPress website. Oh, and you don’t have to be a published author to have one.
This helps your users learn more about individual authors on your website. It also provides authors an additional incentive to contribute more often and interact with readers.
WordPress is the best website builder in the world because of the flexibility and customization options it offers. You can change the author of an existing post in your WordPress website from your Dashboard, under Posts.
In this article, we’ll teach you different ways to create attractive author boxes for your content. Let’s get started!
1: Adding Author Bio Using Your WordPress Theme
If your WordPress theme comes with an author information box below each article, then you can simply use that to display your author bio.
In order to make use of it, you will simply need to visit Users » All Users page. From here you need to edit the user you want to change.
On the profile edit screen, scroll down to the ‘Biographical info’ section to add the author’s bio. You can also use HTML in this field to manually add links to the author’s social media profiles.
The author profile image is fetched using Gravatar. If the author has not set up a gravatar photo, then you can ask them to follow our guide for setting up a gravatar photo in WordPress.
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Alternatively, you can also allow users on your website to upload a custom author profile photo by editing their profile.
Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update user’ button to save your changes.
You can now visit any article on your website to see your WordPress theme display author bio box below the content.
2. Adding Author Info Box in WordPress Using a Plugin
If your theme does not show an author info box, or you want to customize it, then this method is for you.
For this method, we’ll be using a WordPress plugin to add author info box to your WordPress posts.
It should come as no surprise that WordPress makes it easy for you to add author boxes to your site, thanks to its plugin system. Here are some of the examples for the plugins that can help you create stylish author box for your site.
1. The Simple Author Box Plugin
First in the line up is Simple Author Box, a brilliant and easy to use WordPress author box plugin by WebFactory Ltd. The plugin adds a responsive author box at the end of your posts. It allows you to display the author’s name, avatar, description, and social media profiles.
You can fully customize the plugin styles to match your theme for a stylish and uniform look. Simple Author Box inserts the author box to your posts automatically. Alternatively, you can add the author box manually into your template files. It supports RTL and AMP.
2. Ultimate Author Box Lite
Ultimate Author Box Lite is a fantastic plugin that allows you to add more details about your authors, either automatically or using shortcodes. It supports posts, pages, and custom post types, offering you a wide selection as far as displaying author boxes go.
To begin with, you have five beautifully designed templates. For more control, you have unlimited custom colors at your disposal. Further, you can show author avatars from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or use custom images. Additionally, you can choose to display the author box on specific posts or pages. Ten social icons and more features seal the deal.
3. (Simply) Guest Author Name
If you work with a lot of guest posts, you will find the Guest Author Name plugin quite useful. When guest authors submit posts, they are usually under review until you chooseto publish them. You can either use a guest author account, but when you have many contributors, it can become tiresome.
But thanks to the above plugin, you can quickly add a guest author to a post and link to their blog in a click. You don’t have to worry about how the author box appears to readers; simply add whichever guest author name and link you desire, and that’s it. If you’re inclined, you can even add the author’s avatar easily.
4. Starbox – the Author Box for Humans
Author Box for Humans
Are you looking to create gorgeous author bio boxes that persuade readers to click through and read more about you or your authors? If so, you will love Starbox by the great guys over at Squirrly UK. The plugin comes with a nice set of features to create beautiful author boxes that work.
To get you up and running quickly, Starbox comes with pre-made themes that make creating an author box a breeze. On top of that, you can place the author box at the top or bottom of your posts. Additionally, the plugin comes with social profiles, Google & Facebook authorship, rich snippets for Google search results, links to the author’s posts, author job title, and so much more.
5. A Fancy WordPress Author List
If you are looking for more than just an author box, A Fancy WordPress Author List plugin offers you a new solution. The plugin allows you to display a list of your authors in a beautiful grid that readers can access easily. But that’s not all, the plugin comes with many other features.
You can easily display the list of authors in the sidebar, page, or any other widget area. The plugin boosts healthy competition between the authors, which means great things for your blog. Further, you can upload custom images, social media icons, and add dynamic effects to attract new visitors.