7 Best Free Author Box WordPress Plugins

Over the couple of years, using the Author Box plugins for WordPress sites have become an important requirement. In fact, it’s not only just meant for publicizing the thing but also to make aware the reader that who is the real face behind the post.

It is certainly quite possible that you are not using a WordPress theme which includes the functionality pre-installed into in it. The author box although brings in a short bio, author picture, links to all their posts as well as social media links, means the box will serves as a greater purpose resource.

With this article, I showcased seven of best free author box WordPress plugins.

Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup

The plugin will give an identity to your single or multi-author WordPress website. It will make your every post stand out and attract your readers’ eyes.

Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup

Key Features:

  • Show in posts (above, below, both, none)
  • Show in pages (above, below, both, none)
  • Show in custom post types (above, bellow, both, none)
  • Bio – This is a standard author bio description. It uses your Gravatar image and alows you to put social profile icons
  • Latest Posts – Shows number of latest posts you specify and dates

More Info | Download

DT Author Box

DT Author Box easily allows you to add an author box signature with custom profile image to the end of each author’s posts along with website and twitter link.

Key Features:

  • Great for those having multiple authors on a WordPress site and want to show author information at the bottom of every post.
  • Includes an image, a short bio, an author’s website link and the author’s Twitter.
  • Author can upload their own avatar profile image directly.

More Info | Download

WP Biographia

The plugin allows you to add a customisable biography to posts, to RSS feeds, to pages, to archives and to each post on your blog’s landing page as well as via a widget in your sidebar.

WP Biographia

Key Features:

  • Choose when to display a Biography Box; on the front page, in archives, on individual posts, pages, or any other custom post type and in RSS feeds.
  • Choose the border style and background colour of the Biography Box
  • Choose the amount of user profile information displayed in the Biography Box
  • Choose the avatar image size
  • Choose to display the Biography Box at the top or the bottom of content (universally)
  • Choose to hide the display of the Biography Box for pages, posts and posts/pages on a per user basis
  • Choose whether to display the Biography Box in the sidebar of your blog.

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Social Author Bio

Social Author Bio adds an author bio box with the author’s avatar with built-in and custom social icons on pages/posts.

Social Author Bio

Key Features:

  • Fully integrated Google+ authorship (shows Google+ Avatar in search results)
  • Added custom field (check box) on edit screen providing the ability to disable of author box on individual pages/posts
  • New shortcode [social_bio_icons] which displays only the Social Icons
  • Ability to adjust avatar size (admin)
  • Choice of location, top or bottom, for automatic placement of Social Author Bio
  • Number of custom links increased from 5 to 10
  • Added %home% (The home URL) variable to advanced HTML section

More Info | Download

WP About Author

The plugin allows you to easily display customizable author bios below your posts.

Key Features:

  • Three border styles to match any theme
  • Change background color with easy to use color picker
  • Display settings allow you to control when to display author bios
  • Display text links or icons to a users social media profiles

More Info | Download

Author Box After Posts

The plugin allows you to add an author box after your post contents. The box contains author’s avatar, name, post count, site link, description, Email, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

Key Features:

  • Add Facebook, Google and Twitter custom fields to User Profile page (URLs are nofollow)
  • [who has written 100 post] link to the author page with rel=”author”, you just need to link back to the author page on your Google Profile Page to make your authorship information to appear in search results for the content you create. Learn more:http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986
  • Customize the style by editing the authorboxafterposts.css file

More Info | Download

Author Box Plugin With Different Description

This Plugin will add an author box to your post contents. The box contains author’s avatar, name, post count, site link, description, Email, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Linkedin. It also gives a flexibility to add different description for the same author according to the post.

Author Box Plugin With Different Description

Key Features:

  • Supports custom description to your post and pages, with the custom field author_desc. Default author description is from user profile but if custom field is there it will display the author description from custom field.
  • Add Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Youtube, Pinterest and Twitter custom fields to User Profile page (URLs are nofollow).
  • Gives you an option to select the contact fields for the user profiles from admin panel.
  • Select where you want to show the author box, on the top of the page or at bottom.
  • Support for custom CSS, so you can customize your author box display. You can stop loading the Author Box CSS and create a custom tags for your author box.
  • [who has written 100 post] link to the author page with rel=”author”, you just need to link back to the author page on your Google Profile Page to make your authorship information to appear in search results for the content you create.
  • Option to show social media profile as an image or text, you can select it from Admin Panel.

More Info | Download

The Editorial Team

The Editorial Team

The Editorial Team at JustWP is a team of WordPress experts led by Karan Chopra.

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  • Karan, thanks for the helpful post. This helped me make a decision on which Author Box plugin to use.

    • karenn1617

      Appreciate that Michael. Glad my list helps you out in taking the decision. 🙂

  • Raphaël Malka

    Thanks for the post ! I chose the first one
    “Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup” but I can’t add links to my social networks … How can I do it ?

    • karenn1617

      Hey,
      To add social media links, follow the steps:
      1. Once you created your profile, there is an option available to edit the profile.

      2. Select that option “Edit the profile” and once you in your profile editing area, you will notice in the middle of that page, place where you can add your social media links.
      Hope this helps.

  • Jennifer Woodard

    I chose social author bio but I can not get rid of the two bios, any idea of how to do that?

    Jenn

    • karenn1617

      Hello Jen,

      Can you please share your website link and/or share the screenshot of author bio part via email at info@justwp.org ?

      Karan

      • Jennifer Woodard

        Karan,

        Thank you for responding. This is what it looks like, I do not know how to get rid of the second author’s box.

        Thank you,
        Jenn

        • karenn1617

          Hello Jenn,

          I believe the attachment you tried to attach does not get attached, so would like to ask you to please either update me again with its image or share your site link or even email me at info@justwp.org.

          Karan

          • Jennifer Woodard

            Karen,

            I am so sorry, I am going to try again.

            Jenn

          • karenn1617

            Jenn, Sorry but I guess there must be some problem currently going on with Disqus itself which is why it is not showing up the images. I will suggest you to either upload the image on imgur.com and share the link here and/or share your website link (maximum easy way) and/or email me directly at info@justwp.org.

          • Jennifer Woodard

            Karan,

            I worked it out, thank you for your help.

            Jenn

          • Jennifer Woodard

            Karan,

            I don’t think it sent the image again.

            I sent it as an attachment.

            Thanks,
            Jenn

          • Jennifer Woodard

            Karan,

            I am sorry but I figured it out trying to figure something else out. Thanks for you help and love the plug-in.

            Jenn

          • karenn1617

            Glad the issue has been resolved. 🙂

            Karan

          • Jennifer Woodard

            Thank you.

            Jenn

  • Hokeamaniac

    I tried to use the Fancier box, but if not mistaken, it pulls a Gravatar image for the image? Who uses that???? Anyway to just choose the image I want to associate with the box?

    • karenn1617

      Can you please share your site’s link? It helps me more in understanding the problem.

  • Great article Karan! I ended up going with Fancier and love it.

    • karenn1617

      Appreciate for your words 🙂

  • Another great Author Bio plugin in the market. Check it out http://codecanyon.net/item/ccr-author-bio-multiuse-responsive-wp-plugin/6322656

    • karenn1617

      Thanks for the share. Will definitely check it out and if good, will surely share with the readers.

  • Jessi

    Great author plugins collection. thanks

    • karenn1617

      Appreciated that Jessi 🙂

  • A very useful list. I’ll check back and install one of these plugins shortly. Thanks!

    • karenn1617

      Appreciated 🙂

  • bitoyz008

    Great author box collection!. I would love to recommend this one too : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-author-box-lite/ . I hope this will be part of the list.

    Cheers!

    • karenn1617

      Thanks for the share. Will see and check if it is really worth adding, will definitely include it in the list.

      • bitoyz008

        Thanks a lot. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it 🙂

  • I’d love to see some fully-functional plugins that can display MULTIPLE co-authors for a single post. Right now it looks like you have to combine several plugins and then do some patching to get it to sort of play together.

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