WEB & TECH / MAR. 18, 2015
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5 Author Bio Box Plugins for WordPress

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When people read something interesting on a site or blog, they might want to connect with the person who wrote it. This is why having an author bio box is very important. This box allows authors to share some information about themselves, and maybe even leave a link to their sites or social media profiles. In many cases, authors are also allowed to include a photo of themselves. WordPress offers several plugins which can enhance the effectiveness of your author bio box.

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1. Sexy Author Bio

As the name implies, this plugin allows you to create an author box which looks sexy, rather than plain and dull. Sexy Author Bio is responsive, and supports multiple as well as single author sites. It supports social networks such as Pinterest, RSS, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Facebook, Flickr, GitHub, Google+, Behance, Blogger, Delicious, DeviantArt, Dribbble, Instagram, LinkedIn, and MySpace. You can choose from a wide range of border styles and colors, backgrounds, colors, and font and gravatar sizes. The plugin comes with a shortcode which allows you to position your bio box anywhere on your site.

2. Starbox – The Author Box for Humans

Starbox allows you to create bio boxes which look attractive to human readers. It comes with an intuitive and user friendly interface which will allow you to create your author box in minutes. You can choose to use the default gravatar image or upload your own headshots or images. Starbox also comes with several professionally built themes, as well as a wide range of customization options.

3. Custom About Author

This plugin allows you to display a short bio at the end of the post acknowledging the author. Custom About Author is especially ideal for blogs which have multiple writers who don’t have personal user accounts. Instead of creating user profiles, you can simply create multiple custom profiles. Such profiles can be customized to include links to social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, you can add links to sites such as Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and Skype.

4. Author Box with Different Description

This plugin allows you to add an author box containing the author’s name, avatar, descriptions, site link, post count, and social media links. You can choose whether to display the bio box at the top or bottom of the post. However, the best thing about this plugin is that is allows authors to create different bios for different posts. This would be a great motivation for authors who write for SEO purposes or to promote themselves.

5. Simple Author Box

Simple Author Box allows you to create a bio box displaying the author name, description, avatar and up to 30 social media icons. You can customize your fonts and colors to match the theme of your site. The plugin is responsive, thus ensuring that your author box looks great on computers as well as mobile devices.

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These are just a few of the author bio box plugins you could consider for your blog. Think through the options and choose one which would be mutually beneficial for your blog as well as your authors.

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