Hey what’s up everyone, I am a contributing writer here at WPCandy.com for a couple of posts. My name is Patrick Algrim and I am the owner of hellyeahdude.com, I am sure you have heard Michael Castilla talk about our Web site before. Well, I am here to share with you a great trick to help improve your network. Creating an “About this Author” portion for your Web site is much easier than you may think!
So I was quite frustrated for an hour or so trying to figure out how everyone was creating a small portion of information for each author that had a post. I was pleased to find out that it was quite easy to do and quite simple to customize.
Go ahead and download the plugin, take a look at their information for installation. It is quite simple to install. Once you have it installed, you are going to go to your “Single Page” template file and pick out a section where you want the information to be displayed. You are going to need some sort of CSS to handle both of the author image and the author description. So I suggest creating a DIV for your testing, and further move into customization after installation.
Once you have found a good place to put the author image code in. The code will look like this:
<?php the_author_image(); ?>
Once you have that entered, place right next to it the wordpress codex that will drag in the “About yourself” section of the authors profile. To do that all you have to do is enter in this code:
<?php the_author_description(); ?>
Now in order for any author image to display, you will have to create it and upload it in your profile. But I have noticed a small bug that may hold you back. In order to enter an author image, you must be the administrator, and go under the author of your choices account (under users -> edit) and then you will notice an upload form will appear. I suggest you make a 75 x 75 pixel image to use for the author, since it is compact and practical.
Obviously, you should start customizing the CSS that you have wrapping the author image and the author description. It is quite simple to make this work in various ways, you can even drag in the author Web site like you see on hellyeahdude.com. If you would like to test out different WordPress codex’s, just browse the links above and you should be able to figure it out quite easily. Any problems, let me know and I will try and help anyone out.
Here’s the example of how I used this on Hell Yeah Dude:
Has anyone else had other experiences creating an “About this Author?”