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Custom About Author WordPress Plugin

This plugin acknowleges authors for their post by displaying a brief biography about them at the end of their post.
Giving authors the credit they deserve!

The plugin also has the option to display the author’s website user profile or a custom profile.

Below is an example of an about author display

 

This plugin is perfect if you have multiple guest bloggers on your website and they do not each have a user account.
It also gives an added incentive for bloggers to write guest posts on your site.
Multiple custom profiles can be created and they take preference over website user profiles.
You also have the option to specify a specific profile to display for each post.
Custom profiles are completely configurable, it can include links to social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & Google+) or you can specify any HTML/text you want to display.
To specify a custom profile on a post, you just need to create a custom field called “post-author” with the value of the custom profile username.

Plugin features:

  1. Display author profile at end of post.
  2. Display website user profile or a custom profile.
  3. Custom profile displayed take precedence over website profile.
  4. Able to display ANY custom profile (does not need to match the username of the post author)
  5. Ability to display profile display on a per post author basis or on a post basis.
  6. Option to include social media buttons on both website profile or custom profile.
  7. Custom Profile is fully configurable. You can choose to display anything you like in there.

Why should my post have an author profile?

Author profiles at the end of every posts are important as they allow readers to learn more about the post authors. Search engines also uses author profiles to identify users and when done properly, are able to link users to post articles. Have you done a Google search and notice that some of the result entries have a picture of the author next to them? That’s because those posts have an author profile.

Below is an example of a search result in google which displays an Author profile picture.

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Installation

This section describes how to install the custom about author wordpress plugin and get it working.

  1. Upload the folder `custom-about-author` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Done!

Configuration

By default, the plugin will start showing about author displays for all posts. The information will be taken from the user’s profile.

Information that is used are:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email (This is to obtain the user’s gravatar image)
  • Website (If supplied, the name in the display will be a link to the website)
  • Biographical Info

In additional, there will now be new fields for social media. (See image below). The social media icons will only be displayed for those which you have filled in.

Lastly there is an option “Disable about author display”. Checking this will disable the automatic displaying of the about author for all posts written by that author.

Advanced Configuration

This plugin gives you more options for displaying the about author. The options are:

Change global Settings

In the Custom Authors setting, you can change the global settings on which the custom about author is displayed. By default, it will only display on single post.

Note: shortcodes are not affected by the global settings.

Create a custom profile to display

If you do not want to use your user profile information in the about author display, you can create a custom profile instead. This is especially useful if you use a different address for your user and your gravatar image.

To create a custom profile, just go to Custom Authors in the Users menu.

There you can create a custom author profile. For custom profiles to replace user profiles, you will need to create the custom profile with the same username as that of the user.

Specify a custom profile to display which has a different username from the post’s author.

If you like to display a custom profile which has a different username that that of the post’s author, you can do so by using a custom field in the post. When you are editing the post, below the post content there should be the option to add custom fields. If you can’t find that, you need to adjust the “screen options” which is near the top right of the browser. (next to help)

Add a custom field with the name post-author and the value would be the username for the custom profile you like to display for that post.

In the screenshot below, the username being used is some-username.

Note: Custom fields will display a custom profile even if the post author has chosen to disable the “about author display”.

PHP code to display a custom profile

There had been many request for PHP code by developers wanting to integrate their wordpress theme with the custom about author plugin.
The PHP codes to use are
caa_get_current_author_bio()
and
caa_get_author_bio($username)

The first method will display the custom about author information for the author of the post or page, while the second method, the username to display is passed into the method as an argument.

The methods do not print the custom about author box to screen, but instead returns it.

So a typical usage will be something like the following

echo caa_get_current_author_bio();

of

$content = caa_get_current_author_bio();
echo $content;

Shortcode to display a custom profile (Available from version 1.2 onwards)

To display the custom author pro profile anywhere in the post, you can use following short-code

[custom_author=username]

Where username is the username of the author you would like to display. (e.g: if username is john, then shortcode is [custom_author=john])

of you can also use [custom_author] which will use the page or post author as the author to display.

Customize the HTML code being displayed in the about author.

There is the option in the custom author profile to display a custom HTML code in the about author display. To do that, just check the box “Use Custom HTML” and enter the Custom HTML.

Change Log

  • Version 1.5
    • Added new social media fields (Skype and Xing)
    • Changed google plus url prefix from http://profile.google.com to http://plus.google.com
    • Added 3 custom fields (Include your own icons and links)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. If I have both a custom author and a website user with the same username, which will be displayed?

    Any custom author will take precendence over website users. So the custom author will be displayed.

    Q. If I have chosen to disable display for a profile user, would a custom author with the same username be displayed?

    No, if a profile user is disabled in the user settings, then no custom author will be displayed.
    The only exception to this is if you have a custom field in the post for “post-author”. In that situation, the custom author specified in that field will be displayed.

    Q. How do I disable the display for just a single post?

    Create a custom field in the post for “post-author” and put a non-existent username in there (e.g: nobody).

    Q. How does the plugin work to determine whether and which profile to display?

    The plugin works using the following logic:

    1. check if author has disabled display
    2. check custom fields “post-author” to see if an author is specified
    3. If author has disabled display and there is no valid author specified in (2). then nothing will be displayed.
    4. Otherwise check if author has a custom profile
    5. If it does, display custom profile, otherwise display user profile

    More Questions or Comments?

    Visit the Forum to post your questions.

    Also even though the plugin is free, providing support can be time-consuming. Therefore if you like to make a donation, it will be greatly appreciated. I don’t always have time to respond to all support requests, but if you make a donation, I will make your question a priority. Thanks.

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210 Comments »

  • Rob said:

    Hi there,

    there is a problem with your plugin – when trying to put html code, it puts slashes in front of symbols like ” , ‘ etc, so it is not possible to use the html code feature.

    Cheers,
    R.

    Reply
  • Edwin Kwan said:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for highlighting the issue. Am looking into it and will release a fix soon.

    Cheers,

    Edwin

    Reply
  • Brendan said:

    I just wanted to say thanks for an excellent plugin. I really appreciate it.

    Reply
  • Brendan said:

    Ps, Don’t stress but after implementing your plugin, it’s knocked out my homepage widgets. Every other page is fine except the homepage. >> I have my blog set to another page and not the home page in the wp-admin, could this have done it? I’ve left it so you can see it. Visit the link I’ve left you.

    Reply
  • Brendan said:

    Err, actually, all of my pages don’t have widgets. Only the page which displays posts does…

    Reply
    • Brendan said:

      Okay. A little more information. It seems to be a Buddypress issue. All the pages I have set up, don’t have widgets. All the pages that buddypress populates with it’s own code do. ( Note: The Featured Members Page is set to full width, and has no sidebar )

      Reply
  • Brendan said:

    Okay fixed it. I am no coder so bare with me. I re-uploaded buddypress, folder by folder. The issue was with the theme folder in Buddypress ( which is notoriously touchy ). Once I updloaded this folder it was fine. Your plugin works and my widgets are back. I hope this helps.

    Reply
  • Le Couriser à Vélo said:

    Hi Little Handy Tips,

    Just downloaded your plugin. Looks sweet. Thanks for the great work. I wonder if there’s any way to shortcode it anywhere I want on my page. Cheers,

    Le Coursier à Vélo

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Le Coursier à Vélo,

      You can use the custom field post-author to specify an author, but it will be displayed as the end of the post.
      Can you provide me with an example of how you intend to use it? I should be able to shortcode it.

      Cheers,

      Edwin

      Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      G’Day Le Coursier à Vélo,

      I’ve just released version 1.2 of the Custom About Author Plugin.

      It now includes the functionality to short-code it.

      [custom_author=username]

      Cheers,

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Le Couriser à Vélo said:

    OK I’ll see if I can get one of the functions in your display-about-author-block.php file working …

    Reply
  • Robert Prentice said:

    Your update today doesnt work. Get this error “The plugin does not have a valid header.”.

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Sorry Robert, (For Version 1.1) there was a mistake made when I was transferring the files to the wordpress plugin repository.

      Can you connect to your server via FTP and delete the plugin by removing the directory /wp-content/plugins/custom-about-author
      and after that re-install the plugin.

      My apologies for that but you need to connect to your server via ftp or other means as I couldn’t find a way to remove it through the wordpress dashboard.

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Theresa said:

    I really like the plugin, but is there a way to make the background transparent, or change the color?

    Reply
  • Internet Business Revolution said:

    Is it possible to make the “About Author” only visible when the post is fully visible, so after clicking on “Read More”. Because right now my homepage is full with duplicate content of the about author info below each article post.

    Reply
  • Roy said:

    Your plugin is the best about author box I’ve found at wordopess repository :)

    I’d like a php shortcode to insert in sidebar.php. Is it possible? Tks

    Reply
  • Roy said:

    This shortcode works fine in post but doesn’t work in sidebar.php

    I’m looking for a php shortcode like, for example,

    Thanks again
    :)

    Reply
  • Naziman said:

    Something wrong with this plugin, in homepage its fine,in post its fine also but in archieves or category, this author bio shown and its like duplicate my content. How to overcome this?

    Also i like the author bio in single post and below all the other widget not after post. Can i do that?

    Reply
  • Naziman said:

    This is my blog. I hope you can solve this problem.

    p/s : my blog didn’t use english for primary language but i think i doesn’t matter right.

    Thank you. I love this plugin.

    Reply
  • Gary said:

    This plugin has completely confused me. How do you link a custom author to a post in WordPress? If I have to set up a user in WordPress just so that the custom author can be linked via this, then surely that defeats the object of this plugin?

    Unless I’m missing the obvious?

    Reply
  • sxc said:

    Hi,

    The plugin is great thank you. However I cannot find the Configration button so that I can “Disable about author display” for all posts, as currently they are duplicating Author info in my Footer, Header areas.

    Appreciate your help.

    Reply
    • sxc said:

      further update… I have found the check box, however disabling Author info removes it from post content and footer. However it appears in the header part. I have seen a similar query in your forum by Staryouth. Could you please advice urgently?

      Thankyou

      Reply
  • Dustin Hartzler said:

    Great plugin!

    Any way to display to code this into a page theme? For example instead of using the_author();

    Thanks!
    Dustin

    Reply
  • Terry Brock said:

    HI…this plugin is just what I need, but I’m getting error messages with the upgrade to WordPress 3.3 – just a heads up! Hoping for an upgrade soon!

    Reply
  • @metacowboy said:

    Realy one of the best author plugins just some minor things i would suggest to make it even easier to handle as it adds the author box on every post . It would be nice to choose single post (archive page , pages ) ect . adding the postmeta to every post to exclude or add the box is much more work .
    still have some css trubles but could be my themplate too
    Optional Social fields like flickr ,youtube ,vimeo and stumble would be sweet to for the visual blogger out there. The post with the url below have a aktive author
    /facebook-virus_entfernen/
    ‘Thanks for the great work

    Reply
  • Martin Cooney said:

    Hi there,

    Thank you for the plugin.

    I was wondering whether it’s possible to specify the shortcode without a username and in this case, it detects the author of the post?

    Reason being, I’d like to include the shortcode in a page layout for displaying the author archive and have the author bio displayed at the top of those pages.

    Ideally, this option also allows having the shortcode displayed as a sidebar widget as well so there’s extra benefit for having this functionality.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
    Martin

    Reply
  • Alex said:

    This is a great plugin. Thanks. Now I’m looking for a way to show all the users in a post. How can I do that? The same information and aspect that this plugin offer for each user. Is it possible?

    Reply
  • gary said:

    hi i added your pluging but i cant Disable about author display ?? is this nolonger in the code ?

    Lastly there is an option “Disable about author display”. Checking this will disable the automatic displaying of the about author for all posts written by that author.

    Reply
  • promit said:

    I experienced that the plugin does not support Indic Unicode (UTF-8) fonts in the authors profile (“Description”) field, it changes to gibberish symbol (“ঔ) right after saving. Can you fix this?

    Reply
  • cailin said:

    When I try insert the custom author by using post-author and some-username
    (of course using the user name I want)
    nothing happens
    so instead I insert the html into the post for that author but when I update it the post now shows my custom author profile and the new one I just added.
    How can I make mine go away when I publish the post and that person doesnt have access/a username to my dashboard.
    I hope that makes sense! thanks!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Cailin,

      Is the HTML you are referring to, the shortcode? Can you tell me which custom author box is displaying which user? e.g: the post-author was displaying your profile and the HTML shortcode was showing the other user?

      Thanks,

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Correen said:

    Just noticed a little issue. When I scroll over the author FB icon to view the link before clicking, the link reads www.facbook.com/mypagename. Where can I change that in the editor so the link shows correctly? Note:the link does take you to correct page. (I’d post my blog but for now it is a WIP)

    Reply
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  • Ayush Mittal said:

    Hi, I added your plugin and found it to be very useful. But I would like to know that can i have the author bio box in seperate place rather than the content area?

    Reply
  • localtech said:

    Thanks for all the time and effort spent on this plugin :)

    In my testing and review of the admin area I noticed that if I edit the Social Media settings in the existing user Profile… the Facebook settings shows “facbook.com/” [note the missing 'e']. Additionally, when the custom author bio is then shown on a post, the url shown when I hover over and click Facebook is also wrong “http://facbook.com/username”

    Luckily Facebook redirects that url to the correct one.

    It’s a simple fix but thought you would want to know.

    Reply
  • Nea | Self Improvement Saga said:

    I think this is a really great plugin, but I want a different background color. How can I edit the code to make this happen?

    Reply
  • cristina said:

    hi, I have a problem with the plugin.
    On the wordpress page i can see the formatted box, with the gravatar, bio and social media icons. Everything shows, but when i go to my website, i can only see the box, the gravatar and the name. There are no social icons or bio info.
    Any ideas on this?
    thanks!

    Reply
  • cristina said:

    i managed to work it out. Somehow the edit user page got duplicated and i was doing it in the one that didn’t work. Now it works and i love it!
    thanks!

    Reply
  • Robert Prentice said:

    After updating to the latest version, the custom author no longer shows at the bottom of any posts.

    Reply
  • Rich Johnson said:

    I love this plugin.

    Just one question. I’ve been wanting to put it at the top of the post instead of the end. I used the code you posted at the top for pages (this one: echo caa_get_author_bio( get_the_author_meta(CAA_Author::user_login) ) )

    It works great. But it still posts the box at the end of the post.

    How can I remove it from the end? What coding should I change/remove?

    Reply
  • Rich Johnson said:

    Nevermind! I think I just found it. Didn’t realize it was on the individual user’s profile area.

    Thanks for your help.

    I’ve got it working now.

    Reply
  • Rich Johnson said:

    When I add the social buttons the display vertically instead of horizontally.

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Rich,

      I wonder if its your theme’s CSS style sheets which are causing the images to display vertically. Could you check that by change to a different theme (Maybe the standard wordpress 2011 theme) and see if the problem goes away.

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Steffen said:

    Same here! When I add the social buttons the display vertically instead of horizontally.

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Steffen,

      Same as Rich, I wonder if its your theme’s CSS style sheets which are causing the images to display vertically. Could you check that by change to a different theme (Maybe the standard wordpress 2011 theme) and see if the problem goes away.

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Bree said:

    Hi, is there any way to get the author bio to display in the RSS feed?

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Sorry Bree, this plugin doesn’t do RSS.

      Reply
      • Bree said:

        Thanks Edwin. I worked out how to get the bio info to show up in RSS by using the shortcode, but when I put it in the post that way, two author bio boxes show up in the post – the one I want, and the bio of the user who created the post (we have a lot of guest-posters, so posts have to be created this way to manage them).

        How do I add the bio via shortcode under a different author to the creater of the post without both showing up?

  • Sarah said:

    Hello!

    How do I display the nickname instead of first and last? I want to ALWAYS display the nickname and never display first/last. I DONT need to be able to pick and choose depending on the user or post.

    Thank you. :)

    Reply
  • Dajuan said:

    Hi Edwin. Nice plug-in! I’m taking advantage of the custom author field and using a custom author image. However, although I’m using a 75×75 image, the image isn’t set correctly in the frame. Is there an adjustment for this, or might this be a bug? Here’s an example: http://www.dajuanjones.com/choosing-your-wedding-photographer-by-marcus-bell/

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
  • linda said:

    Hi, I love the plugin but it is only working for my posts, not my pages! (I did make sure to tick / check both boxes on the settings page.)

    Sent you a donation before I realized… But that’s ok :-) However would be glad of any advice.

    Reply
  • Pavan said:

    I have a problem with Custom About Author plugin. When i am posting a post then show two times author bio and i think my all setting is right.So how it can be possible Plz. solve my problem..
    See this page as a ex: http://www.searchenginebrief.com/hi/

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  • mrkeajon said:

    Hello , Edwin Kwan

    I am Thai webmaster, i use wordpress CMS for my blog here “http://www.giftforlive.com/”

    I use “Custom About Author Plugin” for each user Signature. but i can’t use Custom Authors function Completely, because when i use Thai character, script are working, but my Thai language incompatible display on Author box.

    I think maybe this problem from script encoding,for English and arabic character

    Please suggest me about Encoding edit script language, How to change Thai character.

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    Klang
    Bangkok, Thailand

    ps, Custom About Author is that plug-in works beautifully. I like it

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  • Jim said:

    I am trying to keep users out of the admin area. I’m setting up a membership site with wpsymposium which has it’s own front end profile. Is there any way this plugin can pull from that plugin instead? So far all the plugins I’ve found for after post author boxes requires authors to fill out the WP back end profile. Is there a way around this?

    Thanks,
    Jim

    Reply
  • Lauren said:

    Hi,

    I am using your shortcode [custom_author=name] to compile a list of all the authors and although the white box and formatting is available, it does not actually pull the info from the author’s profile, so all I have are blank boxes. Do you know why this may be?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • Aaron Graves said:

    Hi, I’m building an author.php for my current theme, and want the bio box to display at the top (above the list of author’s posts). I’ve tried everything and failed. Perhaps someone else can help?

    Currently I’m using this:
    echo caa_get_author_bio( get_the_author_meta(CAA_Author::user_login) )

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  • Ricardo N Feliciano said:

    Hey, I’m working on a site that uses your plugin. Like someone who left a comment above, they want the author box at the top of the post instead of the bottom.

    Two questions. 1, what’s the best way to do this without an upgrade messing up my changes?

    2, or better yet, if I was to patch your plugin to add this as a feature, would you incorporate it into the official plugin code? If so, I’ll add a global setting for top/bottom of the post, and hand the code off to you.

    Reply
  • Dimi said:

    I have an issue with the plug-in.

    The white box is too big. It seems to be twice as big as the one you have on this page.

    Here is a screen-shot.

    http://tinypic.com/r/jpwh6x/6

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Dimi,

      What’s the link to your website? I need to look at the code in order to determine the problem.

      Reply
      • Dimi said:

        Hi Edwin.

        My website is currently on the development stage. Plz send me an email so I can send you more details.

        Thanks in advance!

  • Ricardo N Feliciano said:

    Dimi,

    As Edwin said, it’s hard to know what’s wrong without seeing source code. If you’re problem is not already fixed by now, I would suggest checking out your CSS files and the IDs and classes used for the author box. Seems like something got targeted that wasn’t suppose to.

    It may also be a JavaScript issue, but more likely a CSS issue.

    Reply
  • Ricardo N Feliciano said:

    Dimi,

    It’s still hard to really say, because with the way you showed me the HTML/CSS, many images and style sheets are still missing.

    From what I did see, it might be an issue with your theme CSS and how it’s formatting its paragraphs.

    An example:

    .entry p{
    margin:5px 0px 20px 0px;
    padding:5px 0px;
    line-height:24px;
    }

    I’m not 100% because I can’t see it running, but that line height can be a factor depending on where it ends up being used.

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  • Adler said:

    Hi! I’ve installed your plugin, and the interface is really easy to use.
    However, all contents I typed has displayed distorted. I use your plugin for a Traditional Chinese website.
    Can you help?

    Reply
  • Gary Smith said:

    Would be really cool to be able to show a shadow on the bottom of the text box the renders on the posts and pages. I’ve seen this added to some…how hard would this be to add to the admin area or hard code?

    Use something like this? http://203kexperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/shadow600.png

    Reply
  • Gary Smith said:

    Another question :: My video site address for YouTube is: youtube.com/203kexperts and the only option I have from the admin area codes the youtube as: youtube.com/user/[channel-name]

    ?? Ideas on how to overcome?

    By the way! LOVE THIS PLUG-IN!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Gary, thanks for the feedback, your YouTube issue is definitely a unique one as most users don’t have that sort of address.

      My recommendation is to change the code in the plugin to remove /users from the YouTube link.

      Cheers.

      Reply
  • Ray said:

    Thanks for a great plugin. Is there a way to make the social links open in a new window, so the visitor doesn’t leave my website?

    Thanks,

    Ray

    Reply
  • simo ismaili said:

    hey Edwin , thank you for this great plugin!
    is there a way to add custom fields and make them editable by admin only ?
    example, i want to show author achievements instead of social media ( i can do that but i cant prevent users from editing it)

    thanks again,

    simois

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Simo,

      Sorry there isn’t any non-user editable custom fields functionality for this plugin. Maybe you can look at modifying the plugin to do that.

      Reply
  • Markus said:

    Hi Edwin! Thank you so much for this great plugin.
    I have a problem with html in user bios. I only have regular wordpress users (no costum authors) which is great, because every user can edit his or her profile.

    When I enter html like image links or embed scrips in the bio (textarea “description” that is) it disappears after saving. Do you know how I can make html work in this box? Or enable the (working) html editor in user profiles with “author access level”?

    Best regards from Germany

    Markus

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Markus,

      I use wordpress users too and have embeded html links in the Biographical Info and it works. I would think that the img tags should work too.

      Edwin

      Reply
      • Markus said:

        Hey, thanks. I found a workaround to post images and scripts in the author bio. It’s a plugin called WP HTML Author Bio. Best. Markus

  • Gary Smith said:

    Have I missed it? Do you publish a help section to your plug-in? For instance, (I know this might sound goofy), but where do I do what and where?

    You mention:
    Just edit that file, or…
    Why don’t you see if you can make the open source product I’ve offered up do what you want it to.

    Do you have a short little doc that shows “what does what” in the plug-in?

    Reply
  • Emily said:

    I can’t seem to get my user photos to show up. Is there a particular plug-in or setting I should be using for this? I downloaded user-photo.0.9.5.2 and uploaded an image, which I can see in my profile, but it doesn’t transfer to the author widget. Then I deactivated that and signed up on gravatar.com and added the same image, but it still isn’t there.

    http://www.oic-books.com/blog

    Thanks!
    Emily
    OIC Administrator

    Reply
  • Ziad B. Tannous said:

    Hello Edwin,

    Please allow me to start by thanking you on a marvelous plugin indeed!

    One small question for you, I would like to add a pinterest link to the social media icons already existent such as Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. May I know how i can do that please? Could you please elaborate a bit in details as I am not much of what you call a techie guy! :)

    Thanks tons!

    Cheers,
    Ziad

    Reply
  • MyWorldStuff said:

    Thanks for the great plugin. Love every bit of it.

    I have a problem. When I post an article, the custom author profile shows up and it is fairly good enough.

    The problem comes when it starts showing who posted it. It doesn’t give me the option other than the my username which I created.

    Can you help?

    Reply
  • Sarah said:

    Is there a way to decrease the padding of the container so that the bio box is much more compact. I have a lot of empty space at the top and bottom of mine.

    If there is a code I can input into custom styles that would be fantastic.

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Robin Johnson said:

    I uploaded this plug-in for my website’s guest authors (because, since they are guests, I didn’t want to give them full access into the website). But when I try to paste the shortcode into a post, the bio still won’t show up and I don’t know how to fix it. I really need to get my author bios on to the appropriate post, and I am at a loss as to what I should do. Please help me.

    Reply
  • Rui Miguel Cunha said:

    Hi there,
    I cannot see my gravatar´s images on profile!!!
    What can I do?!??!

    Reply
  • Rui Miguel Cunha said:

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Best regards…

    Reply
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  • Deepak Singh said:

    My gravatar picture is moved slight above from frame (under frame) it looks bad.

    I have two questions, how to move picture to right position?
    And how to remove frame?

    Check out this link to understand clearly –>http://blog.gomilitary.in/the-loss-and-the-gain

    Reply
  • Yo said:

    Hi,
    thanks for the great plug-in.
    the major problem for me is : the plug-in doesn’t support Chinese description, please can you update it in coming release? thank you so much.

    Reply
  • François said:

    I have twice “About author” at the end of each post or page !! How to have only one, the truth one ? Thank you in advance for your help ;-)
    exemple for this page =>
    http://www.unmondedaventures.fr/subscribe/

    Reply
  • Taswir Haider said:

    Thanks for the wonderful plugin. I have started to using it for my site. Thanks once again!

    Reply
  • Jose said:

    how I can change the color of letters showing iografia author and the author?

    in the author’s biography shows white lettering and is not visible, unless the text passages and selections

    http://i.imgur.com/byXsO.png

    Reply
  • Edwin Kwan said:

    Hi Jose, they’re all controlled by the css files.

    Reply
  • Daniel said:

    Our users uploaded profile pics but I cannot see them on the website
    http://yeswejam.at/2012/12/esmaticx-auf-der-suche-prod-by-concept/

    only the gravatar pics work

    Reply
  • Eric Warnke said:

    Hi Edwin, is your plugin considered open-source? Can I fork it and make some improvements?

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Probably better if you give me the changes you like to make and I’ll add it to the plugin. Otherwise there will be many different variants of the plugin out there.

      Reply
  • Kurt said:

    Google has changed the URL structure for Google+ accounts. The profiles.google.com structure that is currently in the plug-in doesn’t appear to work anymore and needs to be updated to plus.google.com.

    Reply
  • Jonathan said:

    Hi There

    I am currently trying to incorporate your plugin into our video games news/reviews web site, however it inserts the custom author box above the end of the content of the page. Can you think of a way to fix this? Screenshot attached:

    http://www.itfgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/screenshot.jpg

    Reply
  • Mary said:

    It is a very good plugin, But I am not able to understand the exact usage of it. I am not getting this PHP Code. However I just done the step of custom author.

    Reply
  • Edwin Kwan said:

    Version 1.5 of the plugin is now available.

    Now supporting Skype, Xing and 3 custom links!

    Reply
    • Melissa said:

      I’m having trouble now getting anything new I enter to save. For example, I tried to add the photo link to an author, but each time I put the link in and click save, it disappears. Any idea how to fix this?

      Reply
  • LMag said:

    Hi, ive just updated the plugin and now I cant add new users… Help

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi LMag,

      I don’t have a problem adding new users, can you give me more information about the error you are seeing?

      Thanks,

      Edwin

      Reply
      • Rob Thornton said:

        Hi there,

        I also have this problem. When I’ve filled in a new Custom Author’s details, when I click Add New User at the bottom, all I get is a red box at the top with the text, “Error Adding Custom Author!”

        Don’t know if that’s helpful or not! Unless there’s another way to get you some more information?

        Thanks.

  • Leandro said:

    Hi,

    I’ve just installed your plugin and it works great.

    I’m having just a little problem, where I installed WooCommerce feature and the Author Plugin shows my bio on the product page.

    How do I fix this?

    Thanks :)

    Reply
  • Cory said:

    Your plugin was working fine until the last update. Now I cannot add new custom users or edit the ones I currently have. I’ve tried deactivating and reactivating the plugin as well as uninstalling and re-installing. Still have same issue. It does restore the custom users I created when I re-install.But still cannot edit or add users. Any suggestions?

    Reply
  • Mathe said:

    Hi,
    Lovely plugin :-)
    I had a problem with my avatar being slightly misplaced within the overlay image. I resolved it by using absolute positioning (position: absolute) within the css file.

    Hope this might help someone else. Again, thanks for a lovely plugin.

    Reply
  • Rachel Perkins said:

    How do I take the picture off? Thanks!!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Rachel,

      There isn’t an option to remove the picture. You need to modify the code to do that. To do that, edit file display-about-author-block.php and delete the (line 144) $author_image

      Reply
  • Brad Mangas said:

    Hello, I really like this plugin and have been using it. I am having trouble adding a Custom Author. I have tried many many times and keep getting “Error adding custom author”. I feel like I am just overlooking something simple but I sure don’t know what it is. Any ideas? Thank You.

    Reply
  • Kitto said:

    Hello!
    I’m having the same problem of Brad Mangas.
    The plugin version I’ve installed is 1.5.3, but I can’t add a new custume user.

    Another thing: I’m creating a page with all authors and colaborators, bus don’t metter what user name I put in this, the showed bio is the same. (look here: http://www.geekit.com.br/colaboradores/).
    Thanks for yout quick response ;)

    Reply
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  • Spirit said:

    Hi!;

    I have a problem, i don’t know how i can add ” About Author” between gravatar and text.

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Spirit,

      You can use a shortcode to choose where you want to put the about author display.

      The shortcode is [custom_author=username] or just [custom_author] to display the current author.

      Reply
  • Sally said:

    Hi — great plugin, thank you! Just what I was looking for. I think the linkedin url needs to have the /in/ deleted. My company page for linkedin has linkedin.com/company/company-name/ and the profile page doesn’t have the /in/ in it anymore. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Sally, thanks for the feedback. You’re the second person to tell me this. I’ll put that change in the next release of the plugin but that have to be in the next few weeks in afraid as I’m swam with work at the moment. I will also need an upgrade strategy to preserve the /in/ for existing users so that the upgrade won’t break their implementation.

      Reply
  • Dany said:

    I can’t add a custom author…? Is it going to be fixed in the next release?

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Danny,
      I have not been able to reproduce the problem on my site so don’t know how to go about fixing it. Would you be willing to help me debug the problem?

      What I can do is to give you a customized version of the plugin which should should display a bunch of detailed errors on top of the error message, which should hopefully shed some light as to the problem.

      Let me know if you are able to help with this and I can create that customized version for you.

      Edwin

      Reply
  • Steve eMailSmith said:

    Hiya Edwin…

    I left a technical comment/question a couple of days ago – not sure why it doesn’t show up.
    Did you dislike it, or maybe *I* made a mistake and wasn’t posted properly?

    I’ll take no offense if you don’t want to allow it, but let me know so I can decide if I should try posting the question again or not?..

    Cheers,
    ~Steve

    Reply
  • Andesken said:

    in the latest version no longer includes the option for the social network links to be displayed in a new tab, no way to re-enable this option?

    Reply
  • Alf said:

    Dear Edwin,

    I have avatar formatting in the user profile while using your plugin: http://www.publicdifferent.com/welcome-our-french-artist/

    It’s really upsetting because I would really love to use your plugin and we have several guest bloggers, and it could really really help us!

    Your help and advice is more than appreciated!

    Reply
  • Alf said:

    Dear Edwin,

    I figure out what caused avatar formatting, but still have a bugging problem.

    I can’t add hyperlink in the bio info and put all social media icons in one horizontal line :( It’s here: http://www.publicdifferent.com/hello-from-mister-happy/

    Could you please take a look into this?

    Your help and advice will be very appreciated!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Alf,

      Are you using the standard social links or are those social links custom html? The formatting of the social media icons on your site looks weird. It could be due to the CSS stylesheets for your theme.

      Reply
  • Alf said:

    Dear Edwin,

    did you get a chance to take a look to the code I sent you? Thank you!

    Reply
  • Alf said:

    Dear Edwin,

    maybe my comment was lost :(

    I have this in the Stylesheet (style.css), could this affect?

    /* for social icons groups */
    .social-icons-right {
    float: right;
    height: 16px;
    margin-bottom: 20px;
    }

    .social-icons-left {
    float: left;
    height: 16px;
    margin-bottom: 20px;
    }

    .social-icons-left a, .social-icons-right a {
    display: block;
    float: left;
    width: 16px;
    height: 16px;
    top: -3px;
    border: 0;
    }
    .social-icons-left a { margin-right: 6px; }
    .social-icons-right a { margin-left: 6px; }

    .social-icons-left:hover, .social-icons-right:hover {
    border: 0;
    }

    /* twitter bottom bar */
    .twtr-hd, .twtr-ft { display: none; }
    .twitter-bottom-bar br { height: 0px; }
    .twitter-bottom-bar {
    height: 96px;
    background: #080808;
    padding-top: 2px;
    margin-bottom: 20px;
    margin-top: 0px;

    -webkit-border-radius: 4px;
    -moz-border-radius: 4px;
    border-radius: 4px;

    border: 1px dotted #151515;
    }
    .twitter-content-holder {
    vertical-align: middle;
    display: table-cell;
    padding-left: 115px;
    padding-right: 40px;
    height: 96px;
    }
    .twitter-bar-logo {
    width: 64px;
    height: 44px;
    background: url(‘images/twitter-logo-dark.png’);
    position: absolute;
    left: 29px;
    top: 25px;
    }
    .twtr-tweet a { border-bottom: 0; }
    .twtr-reply, .twtr-rt, .twtr-fav { display:none; }
    .twtr-doc { font-size: 14px !important; }
    .twtr-widget em { display: inline !important; padding-left: 5px !important; color: #0d0d0d; border: 0; }
    .twtr-user:first-child { display:inline; }
    .twtr-user:first-child:before { content:’@'; }
    .twtr-user:first-child:after { content:’:'; }
    .twtr-timestamp { filter:alpha(opacity=50);-moz-opacity:.5;-khtml-opacity:.5;-webkit-opacity:.5;opacity:.5; }
    .twtr-timestamp:before { content:’- ‘; }

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Alf,

      I found the css which is causing the problem. It’s in the file style.css

      The offending style is the “display: block;” remove that and all the social media icons will be in a single horizontal line.

      img {
      display: block;
      height: auto;
      border: 0px none;
      margin: 0px;
      padding: 3px 0px 5px;
      outline: medium none;

      Reply
  • Michael K. Reynolds said:

    Edwin,

    Great plug-in! I have an issue with the latest update. I could never get the HTML option to function properly on my site but I had a great workaround that worked perfectly…until the update. Before I would put the HTML in the description box and it would come out perfect. However; it seems with the update it limits the amount of characters it allows because it keeps truncating what I am putting in the description box. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry to hear that the update broke your work around. I had initially allowed a 4000 character limit for the HTML block and a few other fields. However users were having problems installing the plugin as their MySQL database didn’t allow tables that were that big. So I went and reduce the limit to 2000 thinking it would be more than sufficient. But apparently not. :-( please give me a few days to put in a new version which will fix it. Sorry about that Michael.

      Reply
  • Kitto said:

    Hi Edwin!
    I’m still unable to add a new custom author.

    After the last update, the following message was appear:

    I’ve already un and reinstalled the plugin, but i just can’t create a new custom author :/

    Can you help me?

    Reply
    • Kitto said:

      Sorry, this is the message:

      INSERT INTO `wp_caa_profile_db` (`username`,`first_name`,`last_name`,`email`,`url`,`description`,`twitter`,`facebook`,`google_plus`,`linkedin`,`flickr`,`youtube`,`vimeo`,`skype`,`xing`,`custom_link_1`,`custom_icon_1`,`custom_link_2`,`custom_icon_2`,`custom_link_3`,`custom_icon_3`,`use_custom_image`,`custom_image_url`,`display_html_block`,`html_block`) VALUES ('doidao','Doido','da Silva','doidao@gmail.com','','é loco','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','')

      Reply
      • Edwin Kwan said:

        Hi Kitto,

        There should be more error messages printed out. Is the insert statement the only thing that is printed to screen?

      • Kitto said:

        sorry!
        There is another error printed, just above of previously showed error.

        [Table 'geeki489_v3.wp_caa_profile_db' doesn't exist]

        Nothing but this…

      • Edwin Kwan said:

        Hi Kitto,

        I’ve just released version 1.5.7 of the plugin which I hope will address your problem.

  • Chris Wittlinger said:

    Hi Edwin,

    I’ve a problem with the description field. Is there UTF8 support? Because some special german letters change to weird stuff (e.g. fünften = fünften, wählen = wählen) And some other characters („“)lead to a cut in the middle of the sentence.

    Is there a solution for that, except to manually fix about 30 descriptions?

    Thank You

    Reply
  • Warren said:

    Hey Edwin,

    Great plugin! Can you tell me how to make an archive page for custom authors? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Edwin Kwan said:

      Hi Warren,

      Can you please elaborate. I’m sure what you’re asking here.

      Reply
      • Warren said:

        Oh yeah, you know how normally the author’s name is clickable and it links to an archive page with all posts written by that author. i would love to be able to do that with your plugin. right now the author’s name links to whatever i put in the website field.

      • Edwin Kwan said:

        Why not you put the link to the author’s archive page in the website field then?

      • Warren said:

        yeah i would, except the usual “website.com/author/authorname” formula doesn’t work.

      • Warren said:

        basically i’m trying to create an archive using your custom field. i’m guessing this requires editing the archives.php file.

      • Edwin Kwan said:

        Warren, this is more of a question about whether your WordPress theme display archives. Once you got that working, you can put the archives link in.

  • Alice Barokar said:

    How to add author image in the custom author box??

    Reply
  • Peter Inzerillo said:

    Edwin – We have added the CAA php code to our author.php template, however it is showing a blank profile. Code:
    echo caa_get_current_author_bio();

    Default bio working on this page: http://thrivenetmarketing.com/web-design/looking-for-a-good-website-hosting-service/
    Blank on this author page: http://thrivenetmarketing.com/author/inzerillo/

    Any ideas?
    We are not using custom bios, but just want to use the plugin’s auto-generated bio from the default user profiles.

    Thank you for your assistance and a wonderful plugin!

    Reply
  • Sally said:

    I cannot get the author’s gravatar to display. It works on my other sites but not on this one and i can’t figure it out. Argh. I logged into gravatar and there it is. But it won’t show in the custom author box. can you help? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Sally said:

      I forgot to add that I uploaded the image to my server for the custom author profile. I’m depending on the gravatar for user profile since that is the default author info. Is there a way to automate making the custom author profile the default? I know I can add the extra field but I don’t want to have to do that for every post. I’d much prefer automated so I don’t have to think about it. Thanks.

      Reply
  • brian said:

    Is it possible to embed the information at the top of the author archive page (like this http://www.scifind.com/author/neil/)?

    Thank you

    Reply
  • Miguel said:

    Hi

    I would like to add the atributte nofollow in the social media badges of the author.

    I try to change the code in the file display-about-author-block.php
    adding rel=”nofollow”

    For example, for twitter badge the code look like this:

    $social_media_content .= '' .

    but the problem is that when I do this change, and I am see the code in my browser the rel=”Twitter me” seems removed from the page. And if I add the rel nofollow after rel=”Twitter me”, the rel=”nofollow” is removed from the page.

    Can you help me?
    Thank you.

    PD: Could be nice this option in future versions.

    Reply
    • Miguel said:

      was a mistake pasting the code, I mean the code looks like this:

      …..rel=”nofollow” rel=”Twitter me” id=”cab-twitter”>’

      Reply
  • Lynnette said:

    I can’t get a Custom Author Image to display. When it asks for the Custom Author image location, I’ve tried both a url to the image on my site and the direct path to the image on my computer. Neither one cause the image to display. What is the preferred location for a Custom Author Image?

    Reply
  • darryl said:

    Hi love the plugin but recently getting an error when trying to add links in HTML, seems to add some additional charaters. Could you please advice, sample below
    a href=\”http://www.bodys.co.za/mikael-mendonca/\”>

    Reply
  • darryl said:

    good day can’t seem to add links in the author box, adding some additional code, see below
    a href=\”http://www.bodys.co.za/mikael-mendonca/\”>
    could you please assist

    Reply
  • Relationship Coach said:

    Is there a way to make the box responsive, so that on it shows correctly with my reponsive theme on phones and other media devices?

    Reply
  • Jay said:

    We’re loving the plug-in but I noticed today that we’re having the problem with a / being added before any ” or ‘ marks. It also seems to be adding this with other code inserted into the description. In reading through the thread it seems like this was a problem in the past, but I though it had been fixed in 1.5.7. Is there a line in the plugin code we need to review to fix this?

    Reply
  • Sally said:

    Can’t use the html feature. Extra \\\ are added with every save… argh.

    Reply
  • ankit said:

    on my blog both the autor boxes are showing one of this plugin and other of that template author box, how to close template author box, i don’t know pleas help me…

    Reply
  • RMV said:

    I love the idea and simplicity of the plugin. My only problem is that it displays an author box in custom post types like WooCommerce products. Any way to fix this?

    Thanks.

    Reply

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