Show Hide Author


With this plugin you can choose whether to show or hide the author’s name from specific pages and post categories.

Choose to show or hide the author name

  • In Different Post Types
  • In Individual Pages
  • In Custom URLs

Themes Tested

  • Twenty Ten by WordPress
  • Twenty Eleven by WordPress
  • Twenty Twelve by WordPress
  • Theme Revenge on
  • Magnificent by ElegantThemes
  • Portfolio Press by Devin Price
  • Clearphoto by Solostream

In Future Versions

Choose to show or hide the author name

  • In Individual Categories
  • By Author Role and Name

Expanding the plugin’s functionality, will depend on user’s correspondence and the free time I have.
So if you need more from this plugin, don’t hesitate to ask for it.


  • One page settings, under the main menu "Plugins".
  • A post without the Author name in Twenty Eleven.


Installation Instructions

Method 1: Online

Go to your WP plugin installation page and search for “Show Hide Author”. Then choose the plugin and install it.

Method 2: Download the File

Download the plugin to your computer, then go to your WP plugin installation page and choose to upload the plugin. Choose the file and install it.

After Installation

The plugin settings will be available under the “Plugins” main menu.
Click on “Plugins” main menu and then click on “Show Hide Author”.
(Check the screenshots)

How to remove the “by” word?

If you are unfamiliar with using firebug (or similar debug tools), then send me an email ( ).
Otherwise, follow these simple steps.


  1. Locate the by word you want to remove, by using firebug.
  2. Find the class of the parent container that contains the by word and its tag.
  3. Go to the plugin settings, near the bottom of the page and fill-in:

Advanced: Hide the “by” word

The parent classes: class
The regular expressions: by

Let’s say that when you locate the by word with firebug, you find this html code:

<div class="meta-text">
    <span class="meta-author">by </span>

Then you should enter:

The parent classes: meta-text
The regular expressions: by

This will replace all by words inside the meta-text class (if more than one exists) and it won’t remove the <span> tags surrounding by.
So even better use something like this:

The parent classes: meta-text
The regular expressions: <span class="meta-author">by </span>

OR by using regular expressions.

The parent classes: meta-text
The regular expressions: <span class="meta-author(.*?)/span>



Ho usato questo plugin in diverse occasioni e ha sempre funzionato! semplice e intuitivo.

Simple and Effective

Works using WordPress 4.7 and the Twenty Seventeen Theme.
UI is pretty intuitive and straightforward.
Removing the word ‘by’ took me a bit of reading but all the instructions are helpfully provided.
A very useful little plugin.

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Contributors & Developers

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


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  • Plugin development and support transferred to Marios Alexandrou
  • Confirming compatibility with WordPress 4.4.2.
  • Bumping version. No functionality changes at this time.


  • Support for IE8 and below.


  • Added more themes support.


  • Fixed a problem when multiple Regular Expressions were used.


  • More themes support


  • More themes support


  • Fixed wrong quotes somewhere in code.


  • Beta – First Version