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How to Create WordPress Author List for Your Multi-Author Websites

updated on Feb 08, 2017
How to Create WordPress Author List for Your Multi-Author Websites As the content is the core component of your WordPress site, it is possible that you hire multiple authors for the contribution of your blog posts, achieving different writing styles and thoughts. To better introduce these authors and showcase their work, it is highly recommended to create a WordPress author list.

In this case, we'd like to showcase an easy way of using the WordPress plugin of Author Avatars List to achieve this goal. Some alternative options can be checked in this how-to tutorial.

Why to Create a WordPress Author List

Generally, this practice can result in two benefits for both of your readers and your content contributors.
  • For readers - As each reader may prefer different writing styles and content fields, the author list allows them to find their favorite authors and published posts with much ease.
  • For authors - From this kind of special list, your authors can achieve an effective self-marketing, showing their profiles and their contributions to the site clearly.

How to Create a WordPress Author List

As for the creation of the author list or author page, you can resort to the method of using author template. Detailed information can be found in this page. However, this method requires the knowledge of WordPress coding, which may not be suitable for some beginners. Therefore, we sincerely recommend you to have a try on the Author Avatars List plugin, with which you simply feel easy to display your author list on a special page with a shortcode and on your page sidebar by adding the widget.

To use it, you simply need to install and activate this plugin in your WordPress dashboard. After that, it will generate the special widget for you to drag and drop to the proper location of your webpage, along with a shortcode that you add in your post editing page.

Option 1 - Use the Widget

For this, you should click the Widgets button from the drop-down menu of Appearance. Here, you can find a newly-added widget named as Author Avatars. Click it, choose your preferred location and click the Add Widget button.

Add Widget

Next, you should decide how this widget showcases for your author list.
  • Title - By default, the widget title is Blog Authors. You can modify it based on your preferences.
  • Show Roles - You may assign different user roles to your authors, such as Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber, Commentators and many more. Here, you can choose to showcase their roles by checking the corresponding boxes, so that readers can be familiar with your authors in a better way.
  • Link Users - Here, you can decide the redirected webpage when readers click on these displayed authors. The options include the author page, the website homepage and the latest post a specific author has published. Personally, we recommend you to link the users to the author page.
  • Display Options - The author list can showcase the author name, email address, biography, the number of published posts, the link to the latest post and the avatar. You can choose these display options based on your needs.

Author Avatars Basic Settings

Besides these basic settings, you can also decide some advanced configurations. For instance, you can determine the display order based on name, the date of registration, the number of blog posts, user ID, the recent post activities and many more.

Also, you can choose the sorting order between ascending and descending, the maximum number of avatars that can be showcased in the author list, the maximum characters for the bio length, the minimum post numbers an author should publish, and the user IDs of hidden authors.

Author Avatars Advanced Settings

Now, you can click the Save button and check your author list in the front end of your website.

Option 2 - Use the Shortcode

If you do not want to showcase your author list on the sidebar, but create a special author page, you can use this method.

First of all, you need to publish a new webpage and name it as My Blog Authors or any other you like. Then, enter the shortcode of “[authoravatars]”. Now, this page will display your author list automatically.

However, as this simple shortcode can only showcase the author avatars, you’d better add more parameters for the advanced configurations.
  • Only show authors of a certain role - The possible values of this aspect include subscriber, contributor, author, administrator and editor. Once you use the shortcode of “[authoravatars roles=value]”, only the authors that are belonging to the special roles can be displayed.
  • Remove certain users - If you want to exclude some authors from your author list, you can add the shortcode of “[authoravatars hiddenusers=login name]”. You can also use the user ID as the parameter value.
  • Decide the avatar size - To display the author avatars in a well-organized manner, you can decide the size of avatars using “[authoravatars avatar_size=value]”.
  • Show user name - It is recommended to showcase the author name with the shortcode of “[authoravatars show_name=true]”.
  • Show bio - Also, you'd better display the biography of each author using “[authoravatars show_biography =true]”.

These are the most popular parameters for the shortcode. You can also add more by referring to this resource page.