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Co-Authors Plus

Assign multiple bylines to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box

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By , for WP 4.5.2

Junk documentation and the devs do not respond in the support forum. Don't bother.

Little to no documentation that makes integrating this system extremely painful
By , for WP 4.4.1

I inherited a website that uses this plugin, and the lack of documentation makes it extremely painful to integrate. Outputting something simple like a user avatar makes you loop and output through an email, and the only way to find that out is to google other people's struggle. Most plugins that are extensive like this, should have good documentation on use. This plugin has one page referring to three functions and then tells you to look through the php file.

By ,

Abysmal. Taken over a site where this is used and it has caused a major legacy issue that I can't find a simple way to repair (and the solution even has to involve disabling the plugin, albeit temporarily, in order to get back to the default author box in post>edit that the plugin overwrites).

Any author added without an account is placed in the plugin's own db. This doesn't interact properly with wordpress or author plugins. Where a post has an author that doesn't have a user account (is a 'Guest Author') wordpress thinks the author is whoever physically posted the post and displays this on pages where it lists posts (i.e. Category pages). Where themes or a plugin displays an author box, this is again read as the account that physically posted the post not the author that is assigned to it via this plugin.

So it seems I now have to manually correct years of errors caused by this plugins bad behaviour.

No longer maintained?
By , for WP 4.3

It appears this plug-in is no longer maintained or supported. There are a lot of open threads, and no responses for a long time.

The guest author bios do not work, multiple authors in authorboxes stopped working with 4.0.

Is there an alternative?

I was hoping this was the answer to my multiple authors
By , for WP 3.5.1

It is a nice idea but I can't get it to work with the Twenty Eleven Version 1.5 theme. It appears that if you want it to work with Twenty Eleven, there is a lot of code you need to rewrite somewhere (file not identified since the documentation refers to lines in the single.php file that may have been in an earlier version of the Twenty Eleven theme but are now nowhere to be found) and in the function.php file.

The documentation says it works without having to create dummy author profiles in your account but it depends on having the ability to have guest author profiles in WordPress.com, which you can't do unless you pay thousands of dollars for the WordPress AVI service in order to get the Guest Author Profile tool. Plus I don't see how those profiles can be ported over to a WordPress.org blog.

I did try reading several forum threads about it and tried some of their code but I usually ended up with an entirely blank page or the first author's name repeated such as "...by Author-1-First Name Author-1-FirstName and Author-1-First Name". Author-2 is not included.

Author boxes only show up when there is a single author. Nothing shows up if there are two authors.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out but ended up very frustrated. It needs more work to give it user friendly settings and to work with modern themes.

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