WordPress users publish two million blog posts every day. It’s no wonder why bloggers work so hard to attract more visitors. It’s a harsh competition, and only the best survive. The days when a single guy passionate about something got the attention of tons of people are almost gone. You can’t beat your competitors if you aren’t deeply involved in your work.
Creating engaging content in a consistent way requires a colossal amount of work, and bloggers put together teams to stay competitive. Still, the success of a website doesn’t rely on creating and publishing great content only. A profitable blog is run by a team that cares about content creation, distribution, monetization, and social media.
Currently, WordPress doesn’t provide the environment necessary for effective collaboration between users. However, it allows for the creation of multiple users with multiple responsibilities. You can add an author to your blog anytime you want.
It’s a feature not widely used, but it’s useful for websites with multiple content creators. They can be grouped into various roles:
1. Subscriber. A subscriber can only manage his or her profile. It’s a rare role that might be used to create a strong community around a website.
2. Contributor. A contributor can create posts but is not allowed to publish them.
3. Author. An author can create and publish posts.
4. Editor. An editor can manage all users’ posts.
5. Administrator. An administrator is a user who has all the privileges for the administrative functions of a WordPress website.
These roles are suitable for the better management of writers’ teams.
There are three major reasons to add an author to your blog and give him or her a specific role:
1. Clear Hierarchy
A well-defined hierarchy makes things clear in your organization. The users’ roles define the responsibilities. For instance, a newly hired content creator is a contributor. In this way, he won’t be able to publish posts without the approval of an author or editor. A more experienced writer might get a higher position and become an author. Finally, the most experienced writer on the team might become an editor.
2. Fewer Chances for Mistakes
We all make mistakes but we should try our best to avoid them. Restricting the privileges of a user may be frustrating, but this approach reduces the number of mistakes. An inexperienced writer may write and publish a post that isn’t in line with the blog’s policy. The loyal audience may not resonate with this article. Assigning roles to writers significantly reduces the number of these types of situations by having an editor who reviews and schedule posts.
Willing or not, each new account is a potential security breach. Limiting the number of accounts and privileges reduces the risk of being hacked. It’s a simple measure that has a big impact on a website’s security.
How to Add an Author to Your Blog
Adding a new author to your blog is simple as long as you know the email address. Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Users > Add New. Fill in the form (username and email are mandatory) and choose a role assigned to the new user. Newly created users can customize their profiles by adding a photo and contact information and writing a short bio about themselves.
Adding an author to your blog is a basic task that can be accomplished in less than two minutes. It’s enough from an administrative viewpoint, but it doesn’t improve a website’s aesthetics. As you have already guessed, there are a bunch of plugins to resolve this issue! I have featured four plugins that enhance the author’s sections.
1. Simple Author Box
Simple Author Box lets you add a simple author box at the end of each post. In spite of the box’s simplicity, the admin has many customization options. This plugin gives the admin the possibility of adding an author name’s, avatar, description, website, and social icons. Additionally, you can stylize the plugin to match the website’s design.
2. Fancier Author Box
Fancier Author Box is suitable for blogs with a few content creators that have already written multiple posts. The purpose of this plugin is to catch the viewers’ attention with a good looking author box and allow them to contact the author. It works great for websites that accept guest posts or for authors who are available for hire.
Starbox’s main aim is to provide a nice author box. At the same time, it offers useful data about the author such as latest posts, contact information, or social media profiles. Compared to the previous plugins, this one offers more granular control. For instance, you can use paragraphs, special options for each author, various display positions, and so on.
4. Honorable Mention: Capability Manager Enhanced
Capability Manager Enhanced is a plugin that assigns roles and capabilities anytime you add an author to your blog. The admin assigns editing, deleting, and reading capabilities to each user. This plugin is a great fit for complex websites where multiple users do the maintenance work.
It’s straightforward to add an author to your blog, and sooner or later, you will need to do it. Most likely, you have spent a lot of time by finding a plugin to make the author box to look cool. The above plugins fully deserve your attention. Have you ever used any of them?
Daniel Pintilie is part of our editorial team and he enjoys writing articles about WordPress, development, and Internet Marketing. In his spare time, Daniel plays video games and reads non-fictional books.