Once you have a blog up and running with wordpress, the author bio is already setup in the system but with some themes it will not display by default. Using the following plugins you can customize and display an author bio at the bottom or top of all of your blog posts. These are excellent tools to use if you are going to be allowing guest contributors on your blog.
- Cool Author Box
Whilst not the most revolutionary of biography plugins, Cool Author Box will provide an alternative layout for the biography section of any WordPress blog that strives for that extra bit of character. Positioning the author’s gravatar in the bottom right-hand corner of the box and placing up to four lines of text in the top left, this inverted appearance will demonstrate that the author has taken the time to customize and differentiate their blog from the standard layout.
- About Me 3000
This plugin appears as a sidebar widget and gives the author the ability to show general information about themselves without making the whole biographical content section complicated or boring for their readers. There is a large list of social network links that can be activated to appear, including Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon and interest. Also, this widget has the capability to display the number of subscribers that follow the blog.
- About the Author Advanced
With the ability to display contact information such as an e-mail address and phone number, this plugin offers a clear and straight forward method for keeping your readership close by at all times. This is ideal for both businesses and freelancer workers alike, giving clients and patrons the option to get in contact through a private channel. With today’s emphasis on social media, it is easy to be distracted and confused by the ever expanding possibilities of virtual social interaction. About the Author Advanced retains the traditional means of communication without forcing readers to engage with the open-top methods that are so dominant in this day and age.
- Social Author Bio
This plugin is the ultimate tool for providing readers with easy access to all forms of social media. Using a banner of graphically presented icons, authors can combine the text of their bio with a visually appealing set of links to any social networks that the author may wish to direct readers to. Authors can either select from a series of predetermined links or if they wish, can customize their own links to add a degree of personalization to their blog. Supported social networks include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with extra integration provided for users of Google+.
- WP Biographica
For a fully customizable and highly adaptable plugin that will offer a wide range of options and settings, then WP Biographica is a must for any WordPress author that wishes to share their biographical information. One of the beneficial aspects of this particular plugin is not only that it enables an author to attach their biography to a post that they have written, but that it allows multiple authors to do this across the blog. Readers are able to distinguish who posted what content, and are able to connect with authors via the social network links provided. It looks professional and is packed with configuration options giving authors a vast array of customization for their biographical content.