Custom About Author is very unique Author Box Plugin which allows you to display Author Profile at the end of the posts. The admin can control whether to display Author’s default profile or Custom Profile on Author box. Custom About Author plugin is developed and supported by Edwinkwan, one of the active names in WordPress community. The article shows steps to add Author Box using Custom About Author plugin in WordPress..
Features of Author Box with Different Description Plugin
- Choose custom Author Profile for Author Box.
- Can be displayed at Home Page, Single Pages, Posts or even Archive Pages
- Availability of different custom links and social profile links
- Custom Profile picture set up
Add Author Box using Custom About Author Plugin in WordPress
Step 1. Installing and Activate the Plugin
To install the plugin, go to “WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New” as shown below. Type “Custom About Author”. Hit the Install Now button and Activate the plugin on your WordPress website.
After Activating the plugin, from Dashboard Menu, go to Users > Custom Authors.
You’ll see the Custom Author Setting page as shown below. There you can control how the Author Box is displayed and where. You can also add different Custom About Authors from Plugin Setting.
Step 2: Adding Custom Authors
If you want to create Custom Author Bio rather than WordPress Default Author Bio in Posts or Pages, you need to Create New Custom Authors. On the top of the Custom Authors Setting page, you’ll see ADD NEW link to add your Custom Author.
Now, you’ll be redirected to another new page, there you can add and edit Custom Author Profiles
Step 3. Filling up Custom Author Profile Fields
- Fill up the Custom Author’s general profiles fields like User Name, First Name, Last Name, Website and custom Author Description.
- Fill up the Social Profile Links of Custom Author which you want to display on the Author Box in pages or posts. If you don’t want to show Social Links, then leave it blank.
- If you want to display Custom URLs along with Icons in Custom Author Box, just fill up the fields. Otherwise, leave it as it is.
- You can also insert your custom Gravatar Links to display on Author Box. Check the box if you want to use your Custom Profile Author Image in Author Box and enter the Image Location Path as shown screenshot below:
- To add your Custom HTML in Author Box, tick the Checkbox and fill the below Textarea.
After you have fill up all the necessary fields for Custom Author, click on ADD NEW USER bottom in order to create Custom Author,
Step 4. Custom About Author Setting
After successfully Creating Custom Author Profiles, go to the Users > Custom. You’ll see newly created Custom Author as shown below:
Now, below the Custom Author, you’ll see the setting option, whether you want to display Author Box of Custom Author Bio in Posts, Pages, Home Pages , Categories or in all of the above.
Global Setting allows you to display the Author Box either in Posts, Pages or Home Page.
- You can control the Author Box to be shown in Pages, Posts, Home Page or even in Archive Pages.
- Check Top option if you want Author Box to be displayed on top of the posts. Leave blank to show to bottom of post.
And finally, hit SAVE CHANGES.
Step 5. Viewing Custom About Author in the front end
After the plugin has been finally set up and configured, you need to insert shortcode in order to display the Author Box in posts or pages.
- The shorctode can be found at the Custom Author you created. Either click on the Custom Author or Edit the Custom Author, then you’ll see Shortcode inside Author Profile as shown below:
Either use [custom_author=superadmin] in respective posts, pages or use PHP code php do_shortcode(‘[custom_author=superadmin]’); ?> inside single.php or page.php file to display Custom About Author Box
- Insert shortcode where you want to display.
Now, you will see Custom About Author being displayed at the end of the posts or pages according to the settings you have made for the plugin as shown screenshot below.
In this way, we can add Author Info using Custom About Author Plugin in WordPress.
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