How to Show an Author Bio After Posts

Hey, the author deserves some credit right?

A great way to build your personal brand, or share credit with guest authors, is to include a detailed bio and profile image of the author after each post.

In this post, you’ll learn exactly how to do that with the StarBox plugin.

How to Use the StarBox Plugin

The first step is to install and activate the StarBox plugin. Once activated, the plugin will redirect you straight to its settings page.

screenshot of the Starbox settings page

What’s great about StarBox is that it works wonderfully from the moment you activate it. Without adjusting any settings, StarBox will add an attract author box after each post containing the author’s:

  • Name
  • Profile image
  • Bio
  • Latest posts
screenshot of the author info added by Starbox
StarBox in use with the Chosen theme.

When you’re happy with your settings, you can click the Go to user settings button at the bottom of the page to customize the box just for your posts. This lets you customize the info shown for your posts, and style your box differently than other authors if you’d like.

screenshot of the StarBox author settings

Here you can add to your author bio with information, such as your:

  • Job title
  • Company
  • Website
  • Twitter profile
  • Facebook profile

Another cool option is the ability to place the author box at the top of the post, rather than the bottom. This can be set from the main settings page, or individually for authors.

Once you’re finished configuring the settings for your author bio, click the Update Profile button at the bottom of the page, and visit a post to see StarBox in action.

Here’s an example of how the StarBox can look when fully filled out and displayed at the top of a post:

example of finished StarBox at the top of a post

Conclusion

While some themes, including a few of ours, include an author bio option, this is best left to a plugin like StarBox.

StarBox makes it simple to add a stylish and feature-rich author bio after (or before!) every post. If you want a simple display, all you need to do is install and activate it.

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2 Comments

  1. Emily Johns Emily Johns

    How do I limit the text to about 50 characters?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      StarBox always shows the complete bio, but you could use one of the theme’s that doesn’t show the bio until it is clicked on.

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