While most WordPress themes allow you to display a short user profile at the end of each post, it’s possible to use a free plugin to publish even more information about the author of the post. This additional information could include links to the author’s social media profiles and links to the latest post that the author has published on the site.
If your current WordPress theme doesn’t include the ability to publish an attractive author bio at the end, or beginning, of each post, or you’d like to upgrade the existing functionality of your theme, then the free WP Author Box Lite plugin is a great way to do so.
The benefits of installing a plugin like this is that it makes it easier to give your authors extra credit for the content they produce. It also makes it easier for readers to find other content on your site, via the latest posts tabs, therefore increasing the time they spend on your site.
How to Upgrade Your WordPress Author Box with WP Author Box Lite
As the WP Author Box Lite plugin is free to use, it can be installed on your site directly from the WordPress plugin directory
To do so, log into your site’s admin area (http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php) and then navigate to Plugins > Add New using the sidebar menu.
From the Add Plugins screen, enter ‘author box lite’ in the search field and then install the first item listed in the results.
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, the settings can be accessed from the newly added sidebar menu item.
Configuring the WP Author Box Lite Plugin
From the plugin settings page you can configure a number of aspects of how your new and improved author bio box will be displayed. This includes:
- When and where to display the box
- Color customizations
- Which tabs to show
- Which social media profile links to enable
Once you’ve configured the global settings for the plugin so that they match your requirements, you and your co-authors can begin creating your user profiles to be displayed on your website.
Creating Your Author Profile and Bio
Once the plugin has been activated, it adds a number of additional fields to the default WordPress profile editor screen. These user profile settings can be found under the Users > Your Profile item on the admin sidebar menu.
The Author Box Bio plugin works in conjunction with the default WordPress profile fields. This means that you can still use the default display name and biographical info fields to create your profile, but now your profile will also include the tabbed content and links to your social media profiles.
Publishing Author Info on the WordPress Author Archive Pages
The author archive page is the page on a WordPress website that lists all the posts and other content that is attributed to a specific user. This WordPress author box plugin also makes it easy to add a custom message to your author archive page.
Through the settings you can also choose whether to display the user’s biographical information on the archive page. While enabling this second author box is optional, it’s a nice way to provide some additional information on the pages listing all the posts from an individual user.
Author Box Premium
While this plugin is free, there is a premium version you can upgrade to if you want more features. This premium version – WP Author Box – allows you to add more tabs to the author box, including a contact form tab and custom tabs displaying whatever content you wish.
WP Author Box also includes a selection of color schemes and even more customization and configuration options. If you are happy with the free version but would like more functionality, then the premium version is well worth considering.
The WP Author Box Lite plugin is a quick and easy way to improve the appearance and functionality of the default WordPress author bio boxes that come with most WordPress themes.
If you are managing a site with multiple authors, it’s another handy multi-author tool to improve your website.
If you have any questions about this plugin or author boxes in general, please leave a comment below.