Post Author Settings

Each post will display one or more bylines. In addition to showing who wrote the story, the byline links to an author archive page which displays all the posts by that author. Here's how to manage bylines for your posts.

The Author Setting

If you are posting under your own byline, WordPress will recognize this by default:

author setting in a WordPress post

If you are posting on behalf of another author, you can select their name in the Publish panel. This will cause the selected author’s byline to display with the post.


What if the post has more than one author? You need a way to add bylines for the co-authors, and fortunately, there’s a WordPress plugin that does this called Co-Authors Plus. If this plugin is installed on your site, you’ll see a field where you can add co-authors:

co-authors field in WordPress

If the Co-Authors Plus plugin isn’t installed on your site, just send a request to the Largo Help Desk.

You can start typing the name of a co-author, and the field will search for matching usernames. Select the user you want to add as a co-author. All co-authors added to the post this way will appear in the byline of the post.

Co-Authors Plus also provides a convenient way to add Guest Authors so you can attribute them on a post without giving them an actual WordPress user account on the site.

Author Bylines Link to Author Archive Pages

WordPress automatically creates a page for every post author and co-author if they are a registered user or Guest Author on the site. The author page will display any profile information entered in their User Profile, such as their title and bio information, thumbnail image, and links to their social media accounts. The author page also displays an archive of all posts by the author.

Custom Bylines

As a last-resort fallback you can use the Custom Bylines Option panel to override the default byline and the Co-Authors Plus field:

custom bylines field

Add the guest author’s name to the Byline Text field, and optionally a Byline Link to their website, bio page, etc.

Avoid Using Custom Bylines if at all Possible

Adding a Custom Byline isn’t ideal since it overrides the WordPress way of organizing posts based on authors. It won’t add the post to an author archive page, as would be the case for regular authors and Guest Authors. WordPress can only do this for users and Guest Authors registered on the site. It’s best to use a Custom Byline only as a last resort.

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