Once you have finished reading an interesting article online, what do you do next? For me, I try to find out who is the author of the article and what are the other articles written by that author. I believe a large portion of you do that too.
If not, readers like to connect with the author of the post, they just read & liked. Many new bloggers miss out to utilize such an important element of their blog. You should use after post area for getting more subscribers to the brand social profiles or to your personal social-media profiles. Even Harsh recommend to add an author box in one of his article earlier. It helps in branding, as well as increases trust factor for the author.
Including an author box in your blog posts makes sure that your visitors can find more information about the author in the same page. Contrary to popular belief, adding author box after post is very simple. If your website is powered by WordPress, there are some excellent plugins which let you add author widgets within a few minutes.
In today’s post, I will introduce you to five WordPress author box plugins. By using these plugins, you will be able to display author information, links to their social media profiles and recent articles. This plugin automatically adds post author profile info.
5 WordPress Plugins to Add Blogger’s Bio After Blog Post:
Featuring an attractive design, Starbox aims at creating the author box for human, not the search
engines. The powerful plugin comes with native support for the common social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. Therefore, authors will be able to link their social media profiles too.
If you don’t like the default look of the author widget, you can easily pick another theme from the widget settings. As the plugin is also provided with Google’s Microformats support, it will display rich snippets in the Google search results.
Besides the regular blog posts, the author box could be displayed in the pages too. Along with providing a title for the box, you can also add a link to all the posts by the author. Authors can upload a custom image for the author box.
If you are looking for a fully responsive author box plugin for your website, Simple Author Box could be the one for you. This lightweight plugin will add an attractive author box at the end of your blog posts. The author box displays the author name, description and links to various social media accounts.
Once the plugin is activated, you can control its options from the Settings > Simple Author Box page. While the plugin will display the author box in the posts by default, you can also place the box in other places by enabling the feature in the settings section.
As the plugin lets you choose the font family, size and color, you can easily customize the author box to match with your existing design. It is also possible to hide the author box if the author description is empty. Last but not the least, the plugin supports RTL languages too.
Meks Smart Author Widget is a simple plugin to display author info by using a custom widget. After installing the plugin, you will find a new widget titled ‘Meks Smart Author’ in the Appearance > Widgets page.
Besides the regular options, the plugin is also provided with an auto author detection feature. By using this feature, the widget will automatically display the author info from the profile. The plugin also lets you choose the avatar size, display the author name and description.
The plugin allows you to replace the widget title with the author name. You can also choose to display links to all posts by the author and link the author name and avatar. It is also possible to apply custom CSS styles to make the widget look more attractive.
This is the premium version of the Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup, which is available in the WordPress plugin repository. The beginner-friendly plugin will automatically enable the author box for the posts, page and custom post types of your website.
It is possible to place the author box in other places by using any of the three methods – widget, template tag and shortcode. The retina-ready plugin lets you choose custom color schemes for the author box.
In order to provide a smooth performance, the plugin is provided with lazy loading technology. Besides Co-Authors Plus and RSS feed support, the plugin is also provided with multiple custom widgets.
With a unique feature of creating unlimited tabs in the author box, WP – Author Box is another excellent author box plugin for WordPress. Besides the regular author boxes, the plugin also lets you show your top authors in the sidebar. Top authors could be chosen by the post count or view count.
As the plugin is fully compatible with popular contact forms like Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms, you can easily create contact tabs in the author box. You can also choose to show the author avatar as a circular image.
And if you want, you can hide the author box in specific posts and taxonomy pages. By using the custom CSS feature, you will be able to customize the look of the author box.
If used properly, author boxes could become an excellent way of keeping your readers engaged. And after reading this post about the top WordPress author widget plugins, I hope you have got a clear idea about the available tools for that job.
Do you use any of these plugins in your website? If yes, please share your experience with us by leaving a comment below. And if you are still thinking about adding such a feature, let me know which plugin looks the most useful to you.
As always, if you think I have missed an obvious author widget plugin here, let me know that too. I will be glad to know your opinion.