A beautiful author bio section is an essential part of a WordPress post. Some themes have an inbuilt option for displaying details of the writer, including his or her latest activities, social media connections etc. If not, you have to rely on author box plugins. It will be helpful to improve author-readers interactions and engagement with your blog. But how to pick a right author profile plugin?
There are several plugins available in WordPress library to display your biography in an attractive manner. We list some of them, both free and premium, here. If we missed some great one, let us know through comments.
1. Ultimate Author box
This is a premium plugin from CodexCoder. Ultimate Author box will give professional look to your profile, as it has excellent features including the way to display biography, recent posts, social media profiles, comments and avatar. Fully customizable panel and unlimited color schemes are the main attractions of the plugin. It comes with over 15 pre designed templates, unlimited color scheme, pop up display, social media feeds and more.
2. Fancier Author Box
Fancier Author Box is a powerful author bio plugin from ThematoSoup. It has two tabs, namely Bio and Latest posts. Users can change the background, font colors, set borders via the settings menu. If you want more features including separate tabs for different social networks, go for the premium option. It will cost $17.
3. Star Box
Star Box is very attractive profile box. You can choose from different themes, customize the way of look and can link with various social media accounts.
4. WP Author Bio
WP Author Bio will show a brief description of the author, social media connections and number of posts in an elegant way.
5. Advanced Blog Authors Widget
It is another premium plugin for WordPress users. Advanced Authors Widget allows you to display blog authors along with their avatar images, biography, post counts in the sidebar. You can set Gravatar size, the number of authors to be shown, manage the display order and exclude any author by their ID numbers etc.
6. Author Bio Box
Author Bio Box will show writer’s biography and social media connections at the bottom of the post.
7. WP- Author Box
Author Box is a premium profile box from CodeCanyon. It has unlimited features like 6 predefined skins, responsive-unlimited tabs, option to hide box per post, widgets and shortcode support.
8. Simple Author Box
It is a responsive box that shows author name, avatar, biography, website at the end of the posts. It is integrated with more than 30 social media accounts.
9. Meks Smart Author Widget
It is another great plugin to show biography widget in WordPress. Meks Author Widget automatically detects post authors and show their details on single posts and author archives.
10. Elite Members
Elite members is useful for displaying top contributors, authors in a site. It has 3 author box styles and can be inserted in sidebar or post screens.
11. Author Box plugin with Different Description
It will add a cool author box in posts screen. The plugin contains author name, description, avatar, website and social media links.
12. Authors Widget
Authors Widget lets you display your site authors with biography, recent posts and others in the sidebar. It will also show latest comments of the user, contact info, image, feed links in 3 predefined templates. Admin can customize the plugin in several ways including show/hide certain authors, show their post counts, manage avatar size etc.