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  1. bhandtc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    On my site I often feature guest posts. Sometimes a guest author is not familiar with WP and probably is not going to write more than one post. Nevertheless I like for their name to appear on the byline as the author.

    When this happens I create a new user for them with the author role and place a checkmark where it says "create without sending a confirmation email" Then I write the post myself and select the "author" on the edit post page.

    My question is whether there is a better method for doing this?

    Does it create a security problem to have a lot of extra "users" who never log in.

  2. Hey.

    You could create a custom "guest-author" field for your posts, and use this to add the names of guest authors.

    Here's a tutorial on this: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-rewrite-guest-author-name-with-custom-fields-in-wordpress/

    In regards to your question about security, as far as I'm aware there isn't a security risk associated with having a large number of "users" (as long as you're using secure passwords etc.) However, I think creating a custom field for guests may be a more efficient method for you.

    Let me know how you get on with this. :)

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