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Author Information Widget



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This Widget shows the “about me” text, gravatar and social network/contact links of one or more author(s) of your blog. You can add this widget to sidebars on author relevant sections, i.e. pages, posts or author archives. The Plug-in shows the name of the current author (current is the author who has written the current page/post or is chosen by “posts by”-URL), his or her “about me”-description (WP Admin » User » Your profile) and if you check it the plug-in will show the authors gravatar, website link, mail address, jabber profile, AOL IM, Yahoo IM and a link to the author archive in the blog.


  • PHP5! (please notice: 5 is not 4.9, not everyone seems to know that -.-)
  • WordPress 3.0 or higher


The handling is very easy. After activating the plug-in you will find a new widget in your admin panel. Add it to a sidebar and check all options you need. That’s it.

It doesn’t work!

If you are wondering why there is no new widget in your admin panel after activating the plug-in i guess you aren’t using PHP5. This widget requires PHP5!

Multiple post authors

This plug-in plays well with the great plug-in Co-Authors Plus by Mohammad Jangda which supports multiple authors for your blog post and pages. If you have a favorite plug-in which is not supported let me know. Maybe i will write an interface for a small fee.

Customizing the appearance

This plug-in does not contain any style information! If you want to customize the design you have to do the following:

  • copy the author-info-widget.css file (from the plug-in folder) to your theme directory
  • copy the author-info-widget.php file (from the plug-in folder) to your theme directory
  • Now you can start customize the style of your widget until it fits your needs. Both files are well documented and easy to understand. The author-info-widget.php builds the architecture. The author-info-widget.css adds the style information.

Of course i can help you customizing your widget appearance for a small fee. 😉 Feel free to send me a mail or leave a comment in my blog.

For developers

If you want to use a customized template file outside the theme directory you can use the author_info_widget_template filter. Just write a path to a file in the filter to bypass the template. Here is an example that shows how you can write a plugin which changes the template path to a file in the same directory.

Function bypass_template($template_file){
  /* the $template_file is the file which is currently set as template so
     you can also use the filter to read the current template file. 
  return DirName(__FILE__) . '/my-template.php';
Add_Filter('author_info_widget_template', 'bypass_template');

Analogical you can change the style sheet with the author_info_widget_style_sheet filter. Here is an example:

Function bypass_style_sheet($css_file){
  /* the $css_file is the file (URL) which is currently set as style sheet so
     you can also use the filter to read the current css file. 
  // Url to your CSS File
  return get_bloginfo('wpurl') . '/my-style.css';
Add_Filter('author_info_widget_style_sheet', 'bypass_style_sheet');

In the Press

  • Author Information Widget has been granted the “Famous Software” Award. To the post »


  • This plug-in is available in English.
  • Dieses Plugin ist in Deutsch verfügbar. (Dennis Hoppe)
  • Denna plugin finns på svenska. (Jonas Flodén)
  • Αυτό το πρόσθετο είναι διαθέσιμο στα Ελληνικά. (Στέφανος Μεϊμάρογλου)
  • Deze plugin is beschikbaar in het Nederlands. (WordPress Webshop)
  • Este plug-in está disponível em Português do Brasil. (Techload Informatica Computadores)
  • Acest plugin este disponibil în limba Română. (Anunturi Jibo)
  • Este plugin está disponível em Português de Portugal. (Dinis Correia)
  • Bu eklentinin Türkçe desteği bulunmaktadır. (Fatih Aker)
  • Questo plug-in è disponibile in Italiano. (Luca Coralli)
  • Cette extension est traduite en français. (Olivier Montbazet)
  • این افزونه هم اکنون به زبان فارسی در دسترس است. (Abbas Karkhane)

If you have translated this plug-in in your language feel free to send me the language file (.po file) via E-Mail with your name and this translated sentence: “This plug-in is available in %YOUR_LANGUAGE_NAME%.” So i can add it to the plug-in.

You can find the Translation.pot file in the language/ folder in the plug-in directory.

  • Copy it.
  • Rename it (to your language code).
  • Translate everything.
  • Send it via E-Mail to
  • Thats it. Thank you! =)


If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment in my blog. But please think about this: I will not add features, write customizations or write tutorials for free. Please think about a donation. I’m a human and to write code is hard work.


  • The Author Information Widget next to a post with two authors in WordPress 3 (TwentyTen).


Installation as usual.

  1. Unzip and Upload all files to a sub directory in “/wp-content/plugins/”.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to your widget admin page and choose a place for your new Author-Info-Widget.
  4. You like what you see?

Contributors & Developers

“Author Information Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fixed the CSS selectors in the default template.





  • Used WP_Enqueue_Style instead of printing HTML.






  • Added ‘plugin_locale’ filter support


  • Added Greek translation by Stefanos Meimaroglou.


  • Fix: Error message in back end if there are no authors available.


  • Read template directory with get_query_template()
  • Read style sheet directory with get_stylesheet_directory()
  • Template Engine should now work with child themes


  • Added Swdish translation by Jonas Flodén
  • renamed template.php to author-info-widget.php (same name as it should have in the theme folder)


  • encoded style sheet url
  • handle filter requests more secure
  • avoid directory listings

= 1.2.3
* Small template modifications


  • Added “author_info_widget_style_sheet” filter


  • Fixed: Widget read from current author
  • Fixed german translation


  • Added template architecture.
  • Added filters to change all outputs.
  • Reordered options in the widget settings.



  • Added dutch translation.


  • You can set the avatar adjustment to “none” and “center”
  • Widget can be disabled on pages
  • You can show the authors e-mail-address
  • You can hide the link to the authors posts
  • Removed CSS code
  • New you can add your own style sheet.


  • Now you can choose the adjustment of the avatar.


  • Code Optimization: Replaced the db query to read authors with a core function.


  • New Feature: You can select any author from the blog which profile should be shown. So you can use this widget in any widget area on your blog.


  • New Feature: You can hide the widget from visitors which are not logged in.


  • Now all the line breaks and paragraphs in the users profile are visible in widget text.


  • Everything works fine.