Solves the co/multi-author problem without modifying the theme. Uses a custom taxonomy, "Byline," that replaces the Display Author.
If you have a lot of contributing authors whose posts you want to be able to credit and list in archives, but you don't need or can't afford the time it takes to to create separate user accounts for them all, then you need this plugin. It will also handle the problem posed by multiple authors/co-authors.
By separating bylines from the author/user who created/owns the post, this is the first simple solution to a longstanding problem for multi-author WordPress sites. You simply add any number of author names to a "Bylines" taxonomy (like tags), and they will be automatically linked to their own taxonomy archive page whose description can be used for a short author bio, and the Taxonomy Images plugin can be used to assign them photos.
Byline is much simpler than implementing Co-Authors Plus, which is often more solution than you need and still requires creating user accounts for authors if you want to link bylines to author pages.
The main comparable alternative to Byline is Custom Author Bylines. Unfortunately Custom Author Bylines is buggy, harder to implement in some themes, and unsupported.
This solves the multiple author problem in a fashion that totally makes sense for newspapers. You usually have production staff — who aren't the authors — assigning multiple authors to stories. I've felt this has been a huge gap in WordPress's ability to serve mid- to large- periodicals.
This plugin solves it in the most elegant way — an author taxonomy that is used to replace the built-in author display line. Not only does this remove the default WordPress thing where it displays as posted by the editor or admin user posting the content, but it also opens the way for creating rich author pages in the future — just add some taxonomy templates to your theme and you're on your way.
Seriously, I was considering writing this EXACT plugin, until I stumbled across this.
Well done, sir. As a long-time journo-developer and WordPress user, I salute you.
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