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:
- How to Add an Author Page to Your Theme
- How to Change the Author Archives Permalink
- How to Single Out Author Comments
- How to Link Author’s Gravatars to Their Posts
- How to Add Bio Information to Your Posts
- How to Create a Maximum Size for Your Images
- How to Use Multiple Stylesheets
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!
As I mentioned in a post written last month, I wanted to collect everyones WordPress resources so I could throw together a WordPress resources page. After all, WordPress is community-based and it seemed like a good way to support WordPress users. I am proud to say that I was able to combine my favorite WordPress sites with yours to create a WordPress resources page here at Hack WordPress, which I hope people will find useful.
If you are wondering why a couple sites are left off the list, it is probably for one of two reasons. The first is that I don’t know about it and the second is because I had to leave off (for the most part) any submitted blogs that occasionally write about WordPress (such as a category or whatever). This is because the collection of WordPress resources is already very large and these types of lists can get out of hand if you don’t draw the line somewhere.
As with my WordPress theme galleries and other lists I maintain here, my ultimate goal is to keep this page useful. As a result, I will make every attempt to keep this page updated over time. You can help by letting us know if you find any invalid links or you would like to see something added.
As for the list itself, here is what I’ve collected so far:
|WordPress Blogs||WordPress Themes|
Here at Hack WordPress, we pride ourselves on bringing you all sorts of WordPress hacks, theme and plugin reviews, and we also try to create some good WordPress discussions whenever possible.
One thing I get asked a lot is why I link out to other people so often. The answer is fairly simple. There are a lot of people that are as passionate about WordPress as I am, and these people do great work. Some are other “WordPress niche” blogs, while most are just bloggers who occasionally write about WordPress on their blogs. Either way, I don’t look at them as competitors, but rather as other WordPress enthusiasts and I try to give their posts some additional exposure.
One thing I’ve been planning to do is to create a resources page for this site which collects other great WordPress resources. For now, the list will be limited to WordPress niche blogs and web designers that use (and write) about WordPress, but it may expand in the future if I can incorporate other blogs that cover WordPress and still keep the page both useful and manageable.
Here is where I’m hoping you can help me out. I’ve got about 15 blogs in my feed reader and I know there are a lot more than that. If you run a WordPress blog, you are a WordPress designer with a personal blog and write about WordPress, or you are a reader and have a few favorite WordPress blogs you enjoy reading, can you drop me some links in the comments below? That way I can put together a list for my WordPress resources page.
I’m going to try to get the blogroll put together this weekend (hopefully with feeds as well) and will also do a follow up post to give these blogs some more exposure.
Update: You can now check out our WordPress Resources page.