Have you noticed boxes at the end of blog posts that have the Author’s image and a little blurb about them? That’s an author’s box. An author box is another easy way to give your blog a professional look. I really like it when a blog has an author box at the end of their post. I guess it helps me feel connected to the author a little bit more, which usually helps me relate to the post more too.
I was just reading a blog this morning and saw a nice author box for a guest author to the blog. I wanted to click on the author’s name to go visit their blog and realized that the author box was an image, not a functional box. Please, don’t do that for your author box. It is so easy to have a functional and attractive author box.
With most premium themes, all you have to do is click 2-3 buttons and write a little blurb about yourself. Your author box will most likely match the look of your theme. You don’t even have to insert an image, the author box uses your Gravatar.
I completed the tutorial below using a Genesis theme. If your theme is not set up for author boxes, you will need to use a plugin to accomplish the same thing. Simple Author Box and Fancier Author Box are great options.
On your WordPress dashboard go to Users and select the user you want to create and author box for. Scroll down until you reach the section About Yourself. Fill out the Biographical Info box; what you write here is what will show up in your author box. In order to leave links within the author box, you are going to have to input a little code on your own. Links are simple HTML. Here is the code:
And here is an example
It will show up like this in your author box: Read more about me!
A few things you might want to link to in your author box are: about page, social media, or any other posts you want your reader to know about. Keep it short, leave your whole story for the about page.
Once you’ve written the content, scroll down to the User Permissions sections. In this section you will find a the author box settings. Click the box to enable the author box on a user’s post. Your author box will now show up on your posts!
What links do you include in your author box?