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  • So I’m trying to use the plugin custom author byline. However, when I use the plugin suffusion, it doesn’t work. According to the person that make suffusion it should be using the filter “get_the_author”. However, when I do that it stops working completely. When I leave the plugin with the default following code, it doesn’t change on the homepage but only in the wordpress dashboard. Help!

    Plugin Name: Custom Author Byline
    Plugin URI:
    Version: 1.2
    License: GPL2
    Description: Allows you to add a custom author name to the byline other than the logged in user writing/editing the post/page.
    Usage:  If the author of your post or page entry is different than your logged in user and you don't want to have to create a separate user account, just add the name as you'd like it to appear to the Custom Author Byline panel in the post/page editor.  Easy!
    Author: Marty Martin
    Author URI:
    // Replaces the_author() output with your custom entry or return the logged in user if there is no custom entry
    function custom_author_byline( $author ) {
       global $post;
       $custom_author = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'author', TRUE);
          return $custom_author;
       return $author;
    // Replaces the_author_link() output with your custom entry or return the logged in user if there is no custom entry
    function custom_author_uri( $author_uri ) {
       //global $authordata;
       global $post, $authordata;
       $custom_author_uri = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'uri', TRUE);
          return $custom_author_uri;
       return $author_uri;
    add_filter( 'author_link', 'custom_author_uri' );
    // Add custom write panel to post editor page (props to Spencer at Function
    $cab_new_meta_boxes =
          "author" => array(
             "name" => "author",
             "std" => "",
             "description" => "Add a custom author name (other than your own) to override giving yourself credit for this post."
          "author_uri" => array(
             "name" => "uri",
             "std" => "",
             "description" => "Add a link to your author's webpage (internal or external)."
    function cab_new_meta_boxes() {
       global $post, $cab_new_meta_boxes;
       foreach($cab_new_meta_boxes as $meta_box) {
          $meta_box_value = get_post_meta($post->ID, $meta_box['name'], true);
          if($meta_box_value == "") {
             $meta_box_value = $meta_box['std'];
          echo'<input type="hidden" name="'.$meta_box['name'].'_noncename" id="'.$meta_box['name'].'_noncename" value="'.wp_create_nonce( plugin_basename(__FILE__) ).'" />';
          echo'<p><input type="text" name="'.$meta_box['name'].'" value="'.$meta_box_value.'" size="55" /><br />';
          echo'<label for="'.$meta_box['name'].'">'.$meta_box['description'].'</label></p>';
    function cab_create_meta_box() {
       global $theme_name;
       if ( function_exists('add_meta_box') ) {
          add_meta_box( 'cab-new-meta-boxes', 'Custom Author Byline', 'cab_new_meta_boxes', 'post', 'normal', 'high' );
          add_meta_box( 'cab-new-meta-boxes', 'Custom Author Byline', 'cab_new_meta_boxes', 'page', 'normal', 'high' );
          // You can edit the below to add Custom Post Type support for the plugin.  Uncomment the line and replace 'custom_post_type' with your custom post type slug
          // You can instead add the below line to your theme's functions.php to "future-proof" your changes from being overwritten by upgrades to this plugin
          //add_meta_box( 'cab-new-meta-boxes', 'Custom Author Byline', 'cab_new_meta_boxes', 'custom_post_type', 'normal', 'high' );
    function cab_save_postdata( $post_id ) {
       global $post, $cab_new_meta_boxes;
       foreach($cab_new_meta_boxes as $meta_box) {
          if ( !wp_verify_nonce( $_POST[$meta_box['name'].'_noncename'], plugin_basename(__FILE__) )) {
             return $post_id;
          if ( 'page' == $_POST['post_type'] ) {
             if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_page', $post_id ))
             return $post_id;
          } else {
             if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ))
             return $post_id;
          $data = $_POST[$meta_box['name']];
          if(get_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name']) == "")
             add_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name'], $data, true);
          elseif($data != get_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name'], true))
             update_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name'], $data);
          elseif($data == "")
          delete_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name'], get_post_meta($post_id, $meta_box['name'], true));
    add_action('admin_menu', 'cab_create_meta_box');
    add_action('save_post', 'cab_save_postdata');
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  • What do you mean by, “It doesn’t work.”. Can you be more specific? 🙂

    Also, if you are in a position to go into debug mode, that could be beneficial. There may be some error messages relating to your issue that could be exposed that way.

    In your wp-config.php:
    define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

    When you go to the webpage, it shows the original post author associated with the user account. It’s supposed to use a custom author name and URL that’s defined under the post options. It shows up on the actual dashboard backed but not on the site itself.

    Just taking a cursory glance through the code, one thing that stands out is add_filter is being used incorrectly.

    The filter should be written like this:
    add_filter( 'the_author', 'custom_author_byline' );

    Not this:
    add_filter( 'get_the_author_', 'custom_author_byline' );

    That’s at least one problem that can be corrected. See where that gets you. 🙂

    I changed that and it still doesn’t work

    Hm. Works for me. Can you post the code from your single.php? Also, the custom field is named author, right?

    I should actually be more specific. Not necessarily single.php, as I believe you said it’s on the homepage, but rather whatever code is actually attempting to output the author name.

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