Simple Author Box

Description

Simple Author Box adds a responsive author box at the end of your posts, showing the author name, author gravatar and author description. It also adds over 30 social profile fields on WordPress user profile screen, allowing to display the author social icons.

Main Features

  • Shows author gravatar, name, website, description and social icons
  • Fully customizable to match your theme design (style, color, size and text options)
  • Nice looking on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phones
  • Automatically insert the author box at the end of your post
  • Option to manually insert the author box on your template file (single.php or author.php)
  • Simple Author Box has RTL support
  • Simple Author Box has AMP support

About us:
We are a young team of WordPress aficionados who love building WordPress plugins & Premium WordPress themes over on our theme shop. We’re also blogging and wish to help our users find the best Cheap WordPress hosting.

Screenshots

  • Simple Author Box - Colored icons - squares
  • Simple Author Box - Colored icons - circles
  • Simple Author Box - Grey icons - author square
  • Simple Author Box - Grey icons - author circle
  • Simple Author Box - White icons - grey background
  • Simple Author Box - White icons - blue background
  • Simple Author Box - RTL view 1
  • Simple Author Box - RTL view 2
  • Simple Author Box - Sample 2
  • Simple Author Box - Sample 1
  • Simple Author Box - Responsive view 1
  • Simple Author Box - Responsive view 2
  • Simple Author Box - Responsive view 3

Installation

  1. Download the plugin (.zip file) on your hard drive.
  2. Unzip the zip file contents.
  3. Upload the simple-author-box folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  5. A new sub menu item Simple Author Box will appear in your main Settings menu.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Download the plugin (.zip file) on your hard drive.
  2. Unzip the zip file contents.
  3. Upload the simple-author-box folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  5. A new sub menu item Simple Author Box will appear in your main Settings menu.
Why does the author box not display on a page?

The Simple Author Box plugin was designed to display the author information on posts, categories, tags, etc. The plugin does not work on pages – it was not designed for this, unfortunately. Adding the shortcode on a blog page will also not work because the plugin won’t have author information to display/will not know which author information to display. Adding the shortcode in a widget that is on a page is another instance when the SAB will not be displayed due to the same reasons. You can add it in a widget, but that widget has to be on a single post.

I have two author boxes. How can I hide one?

The second author box might be a theme feature and you will need to turn it off from your theme’s options, or hide it with custom CSS.

How can I get support?

You can get free support either here on the support forums: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/simple-author-box
Or if you send us an email at support@machothemes.com

How can I say thanks?

You can say thank you by leaving us a review here: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/simple-author-box/reviews/#new-post
Or you can give back by recommending this amazing plugin to your friends!

Reviews

Great addition!

We have multiple writers contribute to our site and this is a super easy way to have them highlighted while also allowing us the ability to have posts without author blocks. We also had a slight problem with the plugin after implementing it and the developer was quick to reply with a minor edit that resolved the issue.

Author Box Works Well, Extra Guest Author “Pro” Features Are Really Bad

I give it 3 stars because the author box functionality works (but you cannot customize the Gravatar size – bummer), but nothing else works well. The plugin seems to promise quite a few things beyond the normal author box that had me pretty excited about it. I even purchased the Pro version. Nothing seems to work as you’d expect it to though. The extra features are super buggy and not thought out well. A few examples:

GUEST AUTHORS REQUIRE AN EMAIL – this is terrible! The point of having “guest authors” feature is to not have to collect their info and log everyone in the user table, but apparently that’s exactly what this does. You might as well just make them a user then and not give them a login. It would accomplish the same thing.
YOU CAN’T HAVE ONLY ONE GUEST AUTHOR, YOU ALWAYS APPEAR TOO – apparently you as an admin always still show up too. It’s really weird. So even though you can “select guest author” for the post there’s still two of you on it as if it’s a co-author and the meta data of the post still says it was written by you, not the guest author. Defeats the whole purpose of having guest author functionality!
SOMETIMES CAN’T UPLOAD AN IMAGE FOR THE GUEST AUTHOR – Apparently if you create the guest/co-author a certain way, say from the new post screen, you can’t then go to the user tables and attach an image for them. The upload buttons just don’t work. Nothing happens at all.

Elegant & Simple

For a simple, elegant looking author box at the end of articles, this plugin works perfectly. I had a small issue with the social icons, but the plugin authors helped me fix it – great and quick support. It has some nice customization features too, such as having the photo be a square or a circle. This does exactly what it says it will do and does it well: give you a simple author box. Thanks for a great plugin!

It does not work

When I’m writting my post the box appears, but when I publish it the box disappears. I will look for another option.

Nice! Keep up the good work.

Nice little plugin that allows for customisable author info anywhere you like.

I found the customisation options a little limited but generally would recommend. Looking forward to future updates.

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Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

“Simple Author Box” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

2.0.9

  • AMP CSS fixes & validator

2.0.8

  • Fixed a small bug re. custom AMP CSS (forgot to add ‘px’ units for author description paragraphs, browser was interpreting them as em)

2.0.7

  • Added AMP compatibility
  • Fixed some CSS isues & cleaned up the code

2.0.6

  • Initial PRO version release & minor bug fixes
  • Saving now remembers the tab you were on

2.0.5

  • Fixed Profile Image of Admin Covers All User’s Avatars : https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/58

2.0.4

  • Added Snapchat icon: https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/35
  • Fixed Shortcode issue: https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/33
  • Added plugin uninstall feedback: https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/40
  • Fixes #45 (400 Error Loading Fonts)
  • Fixes #47 (Replace button in user profile for add social media)
  • Fixes #48 (Move feedback box only to support tab)
  • Fixes #49 (Display plugin version)
  • Fixes #43 (Add 500px icon)
  • Added various UI fixes (edit user profile button in plugin settings page, edit user profile/sab settings visible in author box Only if user is logged in on the frontend)
  • Fixes incompatibility with SiteOrigin PageBuilder (fixed in: 406f569dd1eaee54801e1b5359bf101a9e6fd1ea); thanks @AlexGStapleton)
  • There was a bug that prevented the following options: “Open author website link in a new tab” && “Add “nofollow” attribute on author website link” when the “show author website” option was toggled to ON. Now it’s fixed – yay.
  • Fixes #50 (Replace all gravatar instances in wp-admin with SAB custom image)
  • Introduces new, simplified UI
  • Updated plugin GPL requirements

2.0.3

  • Fixed again the typography issue.
  • Fixed email in social icons
  • Add Meetup, Quora & Medium social icons

2.0.2

  • Fixed a typography issue
  • Added VK

2.0.1

  • Removed simple author box from pages.
  • Added new tab in setting page

2.0

  • Included the option to add html to a user’s description ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/23 )
  • Fixed Google fonts error ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/14 )
  • Added new features ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/7 )
  • Added the posibility to add custom profile images
  • Created a shortcode that can be placed inside the posts’ content wherever a user wants
  • Improved how you add social links

1.9

  • Removed lang folder, translations are now being handled by GlotPress on w.org
  • Fixed a CSS bug ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/11 )
  • Removed ShortPixel Banner ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/8 )
  • Minor UI reworks. The plugin’s CSS was overwriting a lot of WordPress Core UI styling
  • Removed RTL CSS stylesheets as they weren’t being properly handled. Will re-add them at a later date, after the new UI will be released
  • Updated the URL that was loading FontAwesome Icons from 4.1 -> 4.7 ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/9 )
  • Fixed oEmbed bug on front-end ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/2 )
  • Added MixCloud Icon ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/3 )
  • Added GoodReads Icon ( https://github.com/MachoThemes/simple-author-box/issues/6 )

1.8

  • Changed plugin authorship

1.7

  • Fixed a small CSS issue.
  • Added a recommendation for an image optimization plugin – ShortPixel

1.6

  • Fixed a small CSS issue.

1.5

  • Added XING network social profile field & icon.

1.4

  • Fixed the code snippet provided for manually insert the author box. Thanks to @mazter3000 for the bug report.
  • Fixed a line-height issue on author name link.

1.3

  • Fixed a line-height issue on author description text and other small css fixes.

1.2

  • Added author website option, fully configurable.
  • Added the ability to manually insert the author box on author.php or archive.php.
  • Added two more conditionals to load plugin CSS when need it.
  • Fixed some visual appearance of admin options in Google Chrome.
  • Updated translation with the new strings.

1.1

  • Removed AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber Fields from the WordPress Profile Page.

1.0

  • Initial release