WordPress.com Authors’ Widget

As very few wordpress.com themes allow for automatically assigning names to multiple authors on posts one of the common questions volunteers on the forum were previously asked is how to achieve this. Until just recently the only options available were limited to the following:

  • Choose a theme that provides for and displays individual authors. There are theme reviews that can assist you in determining if a theme provides this “authors” feature. Look in the section titled “Display post author”.
  • If the theme you prefer to use does not this feature then you can create a category for each author’s name.
  • If the theme you prefer to use does not this feature then you can create a category called “Authors” as a “parent” category and then create “children” (Tom, Dick, Harry) sub-categories for each author’s name under the parent category Authors.
  • Or if neither of the above options are suitable then you can have each author include a byline in the posts they create.


Authors’ Widget

The good news is that staff have now created a multiple Authors’ widget. The widget is located here -> Appearance -> Widgets

  1. Look in the available widgets box on the left and locate the Authors widget.
  2. Click “Add” and drop it will appear on the sidebar box on the right hnad side of the page.
  3. Click “Edit”  and the widget will open so you can configure it to suit your needs.
  4. Once you have completed the field click “Done” on thebottom left hand side hand corner of the widget to close it.
  5. Then click “Save Changes”.

Authors ×
Title:___________________
Display all authors (including those who have not written any posts) ___
Number of posts to show for each author: (at most 10)___

Happy blogging!

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3 thoughts on “WordPress.com Authors’ Widget

  1. I’m sorry but since the upgrade there have been some strange things that I do not know fixes for. I believe you should contact support staff and ask for their assistance. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful. :(

  2. If you check the blog at wordpress.com called relentlesspr, you’ll see that we’ve employed the authors widget and have multiple authors displayed. The problem is that they align in a haphazard and inconsistent (dependng on your computer) manner. Is there a fix for this?

    Thanks,

    Leo

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