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Custom About Author

Description

This plugin acknowleges authors for their post by displaying a brief biography about them at the end of their post.
Giving authors the credit they deserve!

This plugin is perfect if you have multiple guest bloggers on your website and they do not each have a user account.
It also gives an added incentive for bloggers to write guest posts on your site.
Multiple custom profiles can be created and they take preference over website user profiles.
You also have the option to specify a specific profile to display for each post.
Custom profiles are completely configurable, it can include links to social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & Google+) or you can specify any HTML/text you want to display.
To specify a custom profile on a post, you just need to create a custom field called “post-author” with the value of the custom profile username.

Plugin features:

  1. Display author profile at end of post.
  2. Display website user profile or a custom profile.
  3. Custom profile displayed take precedence over website profile.
  4. Able to display ANY custom profile (does not need to match the username of the post author)
  5. Ability to display profile display on a per post author basis or on a post basis.
  6. Option to include social media buttons on both website profile or custom profile.
  7. Custom Profile is fully configurable. You can choose to display anything you like in there.

This plugin displays the author profile at the end of the post. It gives you have the option to display the author’s website user profile or a custom profile.

Why should my post have an author profile?
Author profiles at the end of every posts are important as they allow readers to learn more about the post authors.
Also search engines uses author profiles to identify users and when done properly, are able to link users to post articles.
Have you done a Google search and notice that some of the result entries have a picture of the author next to them?
That’s because those posts have an author profile.

Find out more at http://littlehandytips.com/plugins/custom-about-author/

A handy plugin from little Handy Tips đŸ™‚

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Screenshots

  • Custom About Author Display. This is the default layout; you have full control on what you put in there.

FAQ

If I have both a custom author and a website user with the same username, which will be displayed?

Any custom author will take precendence over website users. So the custom author will be displayed.

If I have chosen to disable display for a profile user, would a custom author with the same username be displayed?

No, if a profile user is disabled in the user settings, then no custom author will be displayed.
The only exception to this is if you have a custom field in the post for “post-author”. In that situation, the custom author specified in that field will be displayed.

How do I disable the display for just a single post?

Create a custom field in the post for “post-author” and put a non-existent username in there (e.g: nobody).

How does the plugin work to determine whether and which profile to display?

The plugin works using the following logic:

  1. check if author has disabled display
  2. check custom fields “post-author” to see if an author is specified
  3. If author has disabled display and there is no valid author specified in (2). then nothing will be displayed.
  4. Otherwise check if author has a custom profile
  5. If it does, display custom profile, otherwise display user profile

Find out more at http://littlehandytips.com/plugins/custom-about-author/

A handy plugin from little Handy Tips đŸ™‚

Reviews

The social links work!!

jbabiarz

I tried 3 different author bios before this one - and none looked as nice, or had the functionality as Custom About Author. This is the only one where the social links actually work! Surprised by the low ratings, as I would highly recommend this plugin.

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Changelog

=1.6=
* Fixed issue with forward slashes being added to custom HTML and breaking links and images.
* September 28th 2014

=1.5.7=
* More database columns size reduction as some users are having problems creating the custom about author table.
* Added UTF8 as requested by users.
* July 11th 2013

=1.5.6=
* Embed more debug information when there is a problem adding custom about authors. (only shows debug when a problem occurs)
* Increase size of description box to 2000 characters as requested by users.
* Updating LinkedIn profile prefix from http://www.linkedin.com/in/ to http://www.linkedin.com/
* July 4th 2013

=1.5.5=
* Fix problem with adding Custom About Author for some websites.
* June 9th 2013

=1.5.4=
* Added rel=”me author publisher” to Google+ link so that Google with link your profile with your post and your Google+ photo will show up next to your posts in the search engine.
* Refer to http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986 for more information about adding Author information to search results.
* Apr 21th 2013

=1.5.3=
* Changed the way css is enqueue as suggested by users Jon Brown and Baden. Thanks Guys!
* Mar 13th 2013

=1.5.2=
* Fix issue with add custom about authors for some users in version 1.5 or 1.5.1
* Mar 13th 2013

=1.5.1=
* Fix issue with custom icon 1 being printed outside of the custom author box
* Feb 19th 2013

1.5

  • Added new social media fields (Skype, Xing)
  • Changed google plus url prefix from http://profile.google.com to http://plus.google.com
  • Added 3 custom fields (Include your own icons and links)
  • Feb 8th 2013

1.4.2

  • Added option to display about author box at the top of post (Big thanks to Ricardo Feliciano from SonyRumers.net for the changes)
  • May 5th 2012

1.4.1

  • Added new social media fields (Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo)
  • Added global settings to choose type of content to display custom author (home page, page, single post, archive page)
  • Add shortcode to display custom author [custom_author] (no username needs to be specified)
  • Added php code for use in theme ( caa_get_current_author_bio() or caa_get_author_bio($username) )
  • Fix to facebook social media link.
  • January 29th 2012

1.3

  • Custom author box no longers display on the main blog page
  • Added WYSIWYG editor for editing custom HTML
  • December 3rd 2011

1.2

  • Added option to use a custom author image (instead of gravatar)
  • Added shortcode to display custom author [custom_author=username]
  • December 1st 2011

1.1.2

  • Fix problem with extra \ being added to ” and ‘.
  • November 27th 2011.

1.0

  • Initial release.
  • October 26th 2011.

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