Upgrade and Socialize Your Author Box with these WordPress Plugins
Your author box can be an important part of your site. It’s meant to provide some information about the author so as to make everything a little more personal. Given its objective, it’s a little odd that most author boxes don’t contain much “social” information, such as links to the author’s Facebook or Twitter account, to say nothing of their YouTube page or Flickr account.
The following plugins give you a few options to both upgrade the look of your author box, as well as add social links to it.
There are a few author box plugins out there, but these two seem to provide the most options.
Social Author Bio Plugin (Download Here)
First let’s take a look at the result of putting the Social Author Bio plugin on your site.
As you can see, this plugin adds social icons to your author box, as well as link with the number of posts the author has written.
The settings page lets you choose to display the box on Pages, Posts, or with a shortcode. It also lets you choose which roles the box should apply to and which sites to use.
This shot lets you see what a user sees on his/her profile page. A nice function here is that you get preview of the author box right on the profile page.
***Please Note – If your current theme makes use the author box, you will need to find the code for it in your theme and delete it. Otherwise, you will get both author boxes appearing.
WP Biographia (Download Here)
This plugin doesn’t have quite as slick a look as the plugin above because it uses regular links instead of icons; however, it does offer a few more options than the Social Author Bio plugin.
Let’s take a look at the result first.
And here’s what the user sees on the profile page – new social boxes.
As mentioned before, this plugin comes with a number of options. Instead of wasting time, we’ll just show you.
***Please Note – As with the previous plugin, if your current theme makes use the author box, you will need to find the code for it in your theme and delete it. Otherwise, you will get both the Biographia author box and the original author box.
Photo: Happy group of finger faces as social network from BigStock