11 of the Best WordPress Author Bio Plugins

By Sally Wood

These days, an author biography is so much more than an online trend, especially on multi-author websites. In fact, in researching this article, I couldn’t find a single example of resistance to author bios. Apparently, having solid author bio on your WordPress website is a must.

Regardless of what industry you’re in, an author bio establishes reputation and builds trust; it demonstrates to your readers who you are, what you do, why you do it, and what qualifies you as an expert. All of this just isn’t obvious when all you know is an author’s name. As an author, you need to give a little of yourself to connect with your audience. Including a bio goes a long towards this, making the reading experience much more personal. At the end of the day, every transaction (every the transfer of knowledge via an online article) is simply an interaction between two human beings.

An author bio box should be eye catching and attractive. It should complement the theme of your website, using similar fonts and colours and layout. After all, even if you include an author bio box at the end of each and every post, it won’t make any difference if no one notices or reads it.

The easiest way to create and display an author bio box for many of us is to use a plugin. So, today, I showcase eleven of the best WordPress author bio plugins.

Fancier Author Box by Themato Soup

With claims that Fancier Author Box is ‘the only author bio plugin you’ll ever need’, Themato Soup peaked my interest with their plugin. This free, relatively light author bio plugin has been downloaded 115,000 times and has been rewarded with a 4.7 star rating.

Fancier Author Box

The features of Fancier Author Box include the ability to integrate all the major social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube and Vimeo). You can add a short bio description, a job title, company, company URL, and social media icons. It will automatically pull in, and display, your gravatar image, as well as all your recent posts.

Unlike some of the other author bio plugins, Fancier Author Box gives you the ability to choose where the author bio will appear on your website. You can nominate that your author bio appear on posts, pages, and in custom post types, and even have the option of nominating whereabouts it appears (above or below your post or page, both, or even not at all). You can change the colours of just about every element of the author bio box, including the tabs, borders, and backgrounds. This author box plugin is fully responsive, and designed to work with responsive WordPress themes.

Fanciest Author Box

I must admit, I was a little surprised when I came across the Fanciest Author Box plugin: Themato Soup had already proclaimed that Fancier Author Box is ‘the only author box plugin you’ll ever need’. And yet, here was a premium, paid version of their plugin. I was intrigued…

For $17, you can purchase Fanciest Author Box, giving you more control over your author bio, and a longer list of handy features, including: retina ready display, co-author plugin support, random author options, and lazy load for improved page speed.

However, in my mind, there were two fanciest features, that really stood out from the rest. Using Fanciest Author Box, you can load an author bio as a widget. This means that you can literally place your author bios anywhere on your website, rather than being limited to areas within your page or post.

Fanciest Author Box

The other fanciest feature of this particular author box plugin is its lazy loading social tabs. These maximise your page loading speed, while still allowing your readers to connect with your authors via social media. Each of the social tabs loads the most recent posts by your author, giving your readers a quick snapshot of the content they have recently shared, encouraging social media engagement.

Fanciest lazy loading social tabs

Sexy Author Bio

While this particular plugin has only been downloaded 3,000 times, I just couldn’t resist taking a sneak peak (maybe that old saying really is true: sex does sell!).

I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike quite a few of the other author box plugins on the market, this plugin is compatible with the current version of WordPress (version 4.0). The look and feel of the author box is slick, sleek, and professional, and a number of the design elements can be easily customised, including the gravatar size, font sizes and colours, background and highlight colours, and border style and colours. There is also shortcode available for the plugin, so you can place your author bio box anywhere on your website.

Sexy Author Bio

Starbox – the Author Box for Humans

As its name suggests, this particular author box plugin is very much focused on creating positive outcomes for humans (as opposed to search engines and software). So, Starbox’s main claim to fame is generating author boxes that are gorgeous to look at, and are therefore more likely to make your readers click all the way through, and get to know your authors better. I have to admit; Starbox author bios do look quite nice, particularly the social media icon display on the right.


Starbox may be the author bio plugin for you, if you’re looking to create different author boxes across your WordPress site. It offers a wide range of customisable settings for individual authors. You can set different themes and colours for different authors. Or, you can choose not to display a bio at all for particular authors. You can upload your own images or headshots, so you aren’t limited to using your gravatar image.

Humans are, again, the number one priority when it comes to usability and set up, with Starbox going so far as to offer a ‘For Humans’ guarantee. There is no coding required, and the menus are quite user-friendly and intuitive. It takes only a matter of minutes to set up each author bio, and the look and feel of the back-end of the plugin is quite polished.

Starbox Backend

There is also a premium, paid version of Starbox, usually priced at $39.99. The premium version of this plugin allows you to remove the ‘Powdered by Starbox’ tag, links and subscription forms, and offers priority support.

WP About Author

With 54,000 downloads, Jon Bishop’s author box plugin is very simple, straightforward, and easy to use. It is the perfect author bio plugin if you’re looking for one without too many bells and whistles.

That’s not to say that WP About Author is without nifty features. In fact, this plugin offers a range of customisation, allowing you to change the background colour and border style of your author box, as well as the size and shape of your gravatar. You can even choose whether to display social media profiles, or simple text links.

WP About Author

WP Biographia

This plugin offers quite a remarkable array of features. You can add customisable author bios to posts and pages, as well as RSS feeds, archives, widgets, and even custom post types. Your author box can be hidden globally, or selectively for certain posts, pages, and even categories, and it can be displayed either above or below your content.

You can alter the look and feel of your WP Biographia author box in a number of ways, with options to change the border and background, the size of your gravatar and the length of your bio. The plugin integrates with all major social media platforms, as well as Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Jabber/Google Talk instant messaging profiles.

I do have a teeny caution on this plugin. The back end of this plugin is not quite as user friendly as many of the others. It has seven different menu tabs, all of which include multiple settings and options that must be configured. So, if you’re a novice WordPress user, this may not be the author box plugin for you.

WP Biographia

Simple Author Box

This plugin is definitely up there when it comes to generating the most polished, modern looking author box. In fact, the author box that this plugin generates looks as though it was devised by a team of graphic designers, briefed to create a funky, minimalist design.

Simple Author Box

Best of all, Simple Author Box is mobile responsive, and it supports up to 30 different social media profiles, which can be set to have a rotate effect when readers hover over them. You can program Simple Author Box to display your authors’ name, gravatar, and short biography. It is also fully customisable (including the colour, size, fonts, and styles) so that you can quickly and easily match your author box with your website’s theme.

There is one drawback to the Simple Author Box plugin: you can only insert the author box at the end of a post (not at the beginning, or in a widget).

Author Box Reloaded

This plugin is somewhat more restrictive than many of the other author box plugins. It only allows you to add an author box at the end of a single page or post (not at the beginning, or in a widget, or even globally across a particular category or post type).

However, it does enable you to link to (and include an icon for) a number of external websites that the other author box plugins fail to offer, including WordPress.org and the Drupal Association. So, this plugin might be the way to go if you particularly want to highlight the WordPress and Drupal connections of your authors.

Author Box Reloaded

Custom About Author

With more than 35,000 downloads, this author box plugin is perfect if your website has multiple authors, who do not each have their own user account. By using Custom About Author, you can create multiple author profiles, and then specify which profile should display for each of your posts. As with all the other author box plugins, you can easily customise your author profiles, and you can include links to all of the major social media platforms and websites.

Custom About Author

Author Box Plugin with Different Description

Just like all the other author box plugins, this adds an author box to all your website posts, which includes the authors name, gravatar, social media accounts, website URL, and previous posts. You can even nominate where you want the author box to appear (before or after your post).

But, what this plugin has to offer that none of the rest do, is the ability to add a different description for the same author, depending on which post the author box is displayed. So, if your website offers advice on a number of different topics (just like SitePoint does), you may have the same author writing articles on multiple topics (for example, in the case of SitePoint, the same author might write for the WordPress and the Mobile channels). So, you might want two different bios (one that highlights the author’s experience in WordPress, and the other in Mobile). This plugin allows you to do exactly that.

Author Box Plugin with different description

Co-Authors Plus

Last, but by no means least, we come to Co-Authors Plus. If you have multiple authors penning the same post, page or custom post type, then look no further. Co-Authors Plus is a free plugin (that has been downloaded almost 100,000 times) that allows you to credit multiple authors for the same post without even having to create a WordPress account for them. While this is technically not an author box plugin, it can definitely come in handy.

Co-Authors Plus

A WordPress Author Box Plugin for Every Occasion

WordPress author box plugins share many of the same standard features. They all allow you to include a gravatar, a short biography, a website URL, and links to all the major social media networks. The majority of these plugins also allow some degree of customisation; fonts, colours, backgrounds, and even gravatar image sizes can all be altered to better suit the look and feel of your website.

Where author box plugins really stand out is in their little, added features. So, Fanciest Author Box offers lazy loading social media tabs; Starbox is extremely easy to use, with an interface that everyone should be able to understand; Simple Author Box has a design that it is sleek, polished, and professional; and Author Box Plugin with Different Description allows you to set different bios for the same author, depending on the contents of each post.

So, before you decide upon an author box plugin, think about exactly what your objective is, and what you are hoping to achieve with your author boxes. Once you’ve got that nailed down, there is bound to be a plugin on the market that offers the added features you need.

  • http://thematosoup.com/ Dragan Nikolic


    Thanks so much for doing the roundup and for featuring both Fancier and Fanciest Author Box plugins.
    Author bio is an important part of every blog and installing any of the solutions listed here will certainly boost up the credibility of your reader’s websites.

    • Sally Wood

      Hi Dragan – my pleasure entirely! And I completely agree – any of these plugins can help boost the credibility of a website. Thanks for reading!

  • http://nyasro.com/ Nyasro

    Very nice plugins. But I don’t think they are the best one but they are good ones.

    • http://chrisburgess.com.au/ Chris Burgess

      Hi Nyasro, thanks for your comment. Feel free to post which ones you prefer :)

  • http://www.opensourcevarsity.com/ Ivan Bayross

    Hi Sally,

    I’ve been a tech blogger for quite sometime now and I’ve always signed my Blog posts and (occasional) guest Blog posts with just my name, nothing more.

    I totally agree with you when you say that an attractive Author bio could excourage a site visitor to click a link and find out more about the author.

    I honestly just did not know about the there being Author bio plugins for WordPress (so much for being a tech blogger eh!).

    I enjoyed reading through this Blog post, and I think I learned everything I needed to know about Author Bio WP Plugins. I think the Sexy Author Bio makes a style statement, but perhaps is a bit in your face, I found the Starbox – the Author Box for Humans really nice.

    I’m going to try out the Starbox – the Author Box for Humans immediately and have it up and running on my Blog site immediately.

    You’ve really added value to me and my Blog site Sally, Thank you.


    Ivan Bayross

    • Sally Wood

      Hi Ivan. Thanks so much for your comment – it is much appreciated. I’m so glad that this post has proved to be useful for you. Good luck with Starbox!

  • http://www.squirrly.co/ Leau Andreea

    We are glad to hear that you consider StarBox is a must try AuthorBox plugin. – Squirrly Team

  • http://www.viftech.com.pk/ Ali Kazmi

    This plug in are awesome that’s it, naturally good list thanks

  • Code Ipank

    nice i like this author box

  • bitoyz008

    Awesome collection. Would be very happy to recommend this one too : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-author-box-lite/ . Thanks!

  • http://www.letsdnd.com/ Sandeep Likhar

    Thanks Sally for sharing this.

  • Matthew S LaCrosse

    Most of these i see are pulling data from your wordpress user profile – for some reason I don’t have an option to change an avatar or put in my bio in there and I’m admin. I tried all 11 plugins! The one that could do this remotely with out admin profile bugged my site so I had to disable it. Any ideas?

  • http://thebusinessofintroverts.co.uk/ Kathryn Hall

    Can I ask what’s being used for the author bios on this site? really like the simplicity of them. Thanks!

  • Trevor

    Hey Great Article. Wondering if theres a plugin that allows you to add a few jpeg along with the bio?Do you know if you can do that?

  • Dawn

    Thank you so much Sally, for this run through! Someone reviewed my site and suggested I look for a Bio plugin. so I Googled it as you do and found your summary – very grateful. I think I’m going to try the Star box plugin.


  • Hellen Oti

    Hi Sally, great list. I was looking for an author plugin and I came accross your blog post. After going through the list I decided to get the Simple Author plugin. I wanted to add that, the plugin allows you to manually insert the author box by editing the single posts (single.php) file which means you could have the author box at the top of your posts if you wanted. Awesome post :)

  • Nishant Mishra

    Hi Sally! Thanx for this very informative post! I want to purchase “Fanciest Author Box” plugin but I do not want to add guest posters as ‘Authors’ in my blog, rather, I’d like to add their photo, description and links manually under their post. Will this plugin allow me doing this?

  • Brendan Bonner

    Very good list! However for Simple Author Box, you said “There is one drawback to the Simple Author Box plugin: you can only insert the author box at the end of a post (not at the beginning, or in a widget).”

    In simple author box the first option says Manually insert.

    “If you want to manually insert the Simple Author Box in your template file (single post view), you can use the following code snippet:””

    Using that code you can place it anywhere.

  • http://mizine.de/ Viktor Dite

    Thank you very much! Thanks to you, i have found best Author Box ever: Simple Author Box

  • http://desdelaraiz.com Bernat Milian Bel

    Hey Sally, great post. I’ve been trying some of them and I love simple author box. There’s just one problem, I can’t change the priority. I would like it to be after share buttons, but there’s no way. Do you know how to do it? Thank you!

  • http://phillipwhiting.com Phillip Whiting

    Thanks for the post! I ended up deciding on Simple Author Box and I love it so far!

  • http://www.investorwize.com InvestorWize

    Thank you. Ive been looking everywhere for a really good bio box. You are as awesome as ever.

  • Rob Möhlmann

    Hi Sally, thanks for the helpful article. Which bio plugin do you use for your website? I like the simplicity.

  • http://www.phonesextopsites.com Claire Monroe

    I’m looking for a plugin that adds fields to the author table and makes changes to the author.php file. Many of the tutorials found on google are outdated (google’s fault) and I am tired of searching through 100s of pages of google’s mess before I find the one that will work. Author boxes are a dime a dozen, I just want to add images and extra fields to make the author page look pretty. Any ideas? Thanks

  • Normand Charpentier

    Thank you sally for writing this post. Just what I was looking for. I chose the Simple Author Box. I like the design very much.

  • https://www.fullsubmission.com Rob

    Thanks Sally for taking the time to put this together.

  • http://blog.burkindi-web.com ZeroLimit

    Hey Sally.

    Great job. So, thank You very much for this nice post.

  • http://www.techshiny.com Gaurav Verma

    thank for sharing some cool author box plugin

  • http://www.alhaqtraders.com Al-Haq Traders

    I manually checked all above plugins, only Starbox – the Author Box for Humans is with 10,000+ installs, you should edit

  • http://www.alhaqtraders.com Al-Haq Traders

    By the way, which one you using?

  • http://www.cubicleboss.com Randy Parson

    Very helpful. I was looking for a good plugin.

  • Anisa Alhilali

    Sally – Both Katherine and I are authors with only one WordPress account, so I was thinking the Custom about Author might be best but it only allows you to have it at the bottom of the post and I have gotten feedback people would like to know the author before they finish reading the post. Any suggestions?

  • Anush Priyesus

    That’s a great list. Thanks ;)

  • http://www.abhirupsblog.com Abhirup Lahiri

    A very useful post….

  • http://www.abcmulticultural.com Ana Cristina Gluck

    I want the author box that you’re using Sally Wood! Which plugin is that?

  • http://www.viktoriyaandoksana.com/ Viktoriya and Oksana

    Simple Author Box is the one we use and it looks great.

  • ViC

    Nice list Sally!

    have you considered Molongui Authorship? May be it was released some time later than your post…

    Anyway, Molongui Authorship is the plugin I use to display author info. I found it to be better and more customizable than any other out there. Just wanted to share :-)

  • http://joanmorci.com/ Joan Morci

    Wow great selection. Thanks for the compilation! :)



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