What You Need to Know About “Author Boxes”

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Dan Saia

Guest Article by Christina Hills

If you are an author with a blog, or contributing articles to other people’s blogs, you already might be familiar with something called “Author Box.”

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An “Author Box” is a box at the bottom of your blog posts that gives some biographical information about you, the author, of your WordPress website. It’s like having an “About Us” on every blog post, or page you publish on your website. It uses the information you put into your WordPress Profile (
https://codex.wordpress.org/Users_Your_Profile_Screen) for the text, and the picture you have setup with your Gravatar Account (read more about Gravatar at http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/blog/wordpress-tips/what-is-a-gravatar-picture/). It’s an easy way to get more exposure for yourself, your business, and your brand!

There are two ways to get an “Author Box” to show up on your WordPress website: have a theme that incorporates an Author Box, or use a plugin.

The StudioPress WordPress theme I’m using for my blog (http://www.thebestthemes.com/studiopress/) has a built-in author box function. But even if your WordPress theme doesn’t offer an author box, you can easily add one by using a plugin. Here are some Author Box Plugins that you might want to check out from WordPress.org:

Some plugins also lets you add your social media links in your profile as well, making it easy for your readers to connect with you.

And if you run a ‘multi-author’ website, this comes in really handy to showcase your authors on your site!

Still not clear how this works? Just watch this YouTube Video that explains it all:  http://youtu.be/LEainPt36J0

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ChristinaHillsHeadShot-150Christina Hills is a speaker, educator, mentor and an Internet Marketing expert to non-techie entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to build an online business using WordPress as your website, without being held hostage to a webmaster.

While her skills and background are unquestionably ‘technical’, her style is completely ‘user friendly’ and marketing oriented. She puts the fun into teaching technology, and empowers business owners to be in full control of their marketing and online presence.

Get a free sample lesson from Christina’s Website Creation Workshop at: http://www.websitecreationworkshop.com/cmd.php?af=1425406

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