Establishing a personal brand and online presence is just as important for individual writers as is it for large companies. If you’re an active blogger, adding an author bio box to your posts is a great way to to connect with your audience.
Most blogs have several contributors posting articles. The author bio box notifies the reader who the contributing author is. Similar to your post content, the author bio section can be fully customized to your liking. There are many styles of author bio boxes, which allows you he flexibility of controlling what information you want to have displayed within the box.
The most predominant information included in the bio box includes the following:
- Information about the other
- Links to social media profile
- Backlink to the author’s website or blog
- List of related or latest posts (optional)
If you’re comfortable editing your website’s CSS stylesheet and PHP files, you can hard code your theme editor to include a customized author bio box. Not only is this complicated, but it’s unnecessary. Reason being, there is much simpler method of adding an author bio box to your posts: through plugins.
Author box plugins are straightforward solutions and take minimal time to set up. Best of all, by using an author bio box plugin, you won’t have to dig around your theme editor and deal with complex lines of codes. As expected, there are many author box plugins available at your fingertips. In the article, we’ll provide you with our expert suggestions and cover the respective benefits of each.
Best Author Bio Box Plugins
Before getting started, you should become familiar with “Users” menu located in your admin toolbar. If your the administrator, you can easily edit your user profile by visiting the User > Your Profile page.
Here you can change your display settings by including additional details about the author, such as the first and last name, nickname, public display settings, contact information, and much more. You can also add biographical information and upload a picture.
The second prerequisite is that you need to be familiar with how to download, install, and activate plugins. If you’re new to WordPress and not yet familiar with plugins, check out our Installing Plugins video tutorial.
The plugins we’re about to show you have additional fields that provide you with more options to choose from when deciding what you want in the author bio box.
Option 1: Simple Author Box
The Simple Author Box Plugin is a great, free solution for those that want to keep their author bio box simple and straightforward.
Upon activating the plugin, you can customize the author box by adding social icons as well as modify its style, color, size, and text options. As the name suggests, there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles. However, it will display the gravatar (image), name, website, bio description, and social icons, which is all you really need in a functional author box.
You have the option to manually or automatically insert the bio box at the end of the post. If you’re looking for multiple pages or additional placement options, you may want to go with a not-so-simple plugin.
Option 2: WP Author Box Lite
The WP Author Box Lite plugin gives you access to many customizable features and layout options, including the ability to automatically add the author bio box before and after your posts (or both).
WP Author Box Lite is fully customizable, so you can adjust the colors and styling to match your theme. You can also add tabs. This is great if you want to include a “latest posts” tab, allowing your readers to quickly view other published articles by that author.
If you’re a solo blogger and plan on adding some identity to your posts, pages, and custom post types, you can’t go wrong with WP Author Box Lite.
Option 3: Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup
ThematoSoup does more than just create awesome names, they also make great plugins. Fancier Author Box is a free, light author box plugin that stands out from the crowd by offering an attractive features that capture the reader’s attention.
Similar to WP Author Box Lite, you can easily choose the placement of the author box and customize the color settings to match the appearance of your site. You can also add tabs and customize the content displayed in each section.
With Fancier, you can integrate various social media profiles by choosing to display links to profiles on ten different networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
Lastly, this plugin has the feature of quickly enabling and disable the author bio box based on user profiles, allowing individual contributors the ability to switch off the author bio section on their posts.
If you’re like the light version and are looking for more control over your other bio box, ThematoSoup offers a premium version called Fanciest Author Box. The premium version comes with social media widgets, automatic Google Authorship verification, options to display content in sidebars, and of course great support.
Why Add an Author Bio Box?
The author bio box is one of those little things that really make your site stand out. It also builds credibility for the author. This is especially important for those sites that have contributing authors or guest bloggers writing articles for their site.
Visitors feel more engaged if they know who wrote the article, especially if they are able to communicate with them via comments. Who knows, if they love your (or your author’s) content, they’ll likely come back for more.
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