When setting up a WordPress blog that allows for multiple authors, it seems many people think all that is involved is to setup additional author profiles and/or start accepting guest posts.   Unfortunately, it really isn’t that simple if you want to create a high quality WordPress blog.

Setting up a multi-author WordPress blog may require you to use a number of WordPress plugins to support a variety of functions.   Ideally you’ll also want your theme to be hacked to help maximize the exposure your authors get.   Examples include creating a “Write for Us” page, creating author profile pages, setting your theme to display the author’s profile below their posts, etc.

Multiple Author WordPress Plugins

Here are a couple WordPress plugins that we’ve covered in the past that are ideal for multi-author WordPress blogs:

  • Author Exposed – Adds a full featured display of the authors profile.
  • Role Manager Plugin – Allows you to control what the various WordPress user roles can and cannot do.

And here are a few other WordPress plugins that you may also have an interest in (we use a few of these here at WordPress Hacks):

  • Author Advertising – Plugin that allows you to share Google AdSense income or other advertising between multiple authors.
  • Blog Metrics – Collects blog metrics based upon the author of the posts.
  • List Authors Widget – Displays a list of authors in your widgets panel linking to the authors.php page.
  • Multiple Authors – Allows multiple authors to be listed for an individual WordPress post, automatically keeping track of who has edited the entry.

Multiple Author WordPress Hacks

Here are a few WordPress Hacks we’ve published in the past to help you hack your WordPress theme to be more multi-author friendly:

I’m sure there are also some WordPress plugins or WordPress hacks which aren’t listed above.   Have any multiple author tools or resources you’d like to add to this list?  Let us know in the comments so we can update our post!

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • Dev

    I never use this kind of plugins with my blog but thanks for sharing this with us.

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  • Justin tv izle

    I never use this kind of plugins with my blog but thanks for sharing this with us.

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  • {HACKS} Daily

    Thanks…they are very much useful…

  • http://wordpresscommerce.com/ Ben

    I am currently still trying to get my head around multi author blogs, I have setup a review site which uses multi authors and I know some of the plugins above will come in really handy. Not ones I had actually thought of.

    Cheers
    Ben :)

  • neyazsak

    I never use this kind of plugins with my blog but thanks for sharing this with us.

  • edesignz

    Hi Kyle. These are some really useful resources. However, I’m just starting out with WordPress, and I need to create a blog that runs just like fmylife.com. Is this possible with WordPress? All I need is a way to create a multi-author blog which displays posts from the various users on the home page.
    Can I do this with wordpress, or can you suggest an alternative blogging platform?

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  • http://www.bigpictureweb.com jlbraaten

    I’m a Drupal man myself but did enjoy your post. Thanks!

  • Hans

    Nice very useful
    Thanks for share

  • http://techcrunchies.com Anand

    Thanks for the links. Are you also aware of any wordpress plugins that will collate site-traffic distributed among the different authors? Something like I know that author A’s articles got 1000 pageviews this month and author B’s got 2000…

  • Gary

    Planning is very important when it comes to multi-author blogs and fortunately WordPress works well with multiple authors. Certainly some of the Plugins as mentioned help with creating an effective multi-author WordPress blogs.
    Thanks for the great Post.