PublishPress Authors 3.2 is Available

PublishPress Authors is the best plugin for adding many authors to one WordPress post. With this plugin, you can create detailed author profiles that linked to WordPress users, or you can add guest authors.

There are new releases for both the Free and Pro versions of PublishPress Authors.

Here's an overview of the new features in these releases …

Migrate from Co-Authors Plus

PublishPress Authors 3.2 has the first release of a Co-Authors Plus import feature. Co-Authors Plus is a popular but older alternative to PublishPress Authors.

This import will bring across all your author profiles. It will also keep track of which posts the authors are associated with.

If you want to migrate your site from the Co-Authors Plus plugin, please follow these steps:

  • Try this on a test site before attempting on a live site.
  • Start with Co-Authors Plus installed and set up with your author data.
  • Go to the “Plugins” screen and install the PublishPress Authors plugin.
  • Go to the maintenance tab in the “Authors” settings page and click on the button “Copy Co-Authors Plus data” button.
  • Go to the “Authors” link in your WordPress admin menu and check to see if the import has worked successfully.
  • On the “Plugins” screen, disable the Co-Authors Plus plugin.

This is the first version of this import process, so please contact us if you find any issues.

New Permissions for the Admin Area

There are three new permissions in the Authors Pro plugin. These allow you to control who can view the following admin menu items: Authors, Layouts, Custom Fields.

You can decide who has these permissions by installing the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • ppma_manage_authors: this controls access to the “Authors” screen.
  • ppma_manage_custom_fields: this controls access to the “Fields” screen.
  • ppma_manage_layouts: this controls access to the “Layouts” screen.

New Layout Options for Author Profiles

This guide shows how to customize layouts in Authors. Version 3.2 of Authors Pro expands on these layout options.

This new conditional will display content only to logged-in users:

{% if current_user %}

This conditional will display content only if the user's ID is 32:

{% if == 32 %}

This conditional will display content only if the user is in administrator role:

{% if 'administrator' in current_user.roles %}

This conditional will display content only if the user's display name is “the-user”:

{% if current_user.display_name == 'the-user' %}

This conditional will display content only if the user has a specific capability:

{% if current_user_can('the-capability-goes-here') %}

This conditional will display content only if the user has a specific metadata on the profile:

​{% if get_current_user_meta('the-custom-field') == 1 %}

View all the changes

This page has the full changelog for Authors Pro and you can find the changelog for the free version by clicking this link to

  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of PublishPress. He's been working with open source software for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. This profile is generated by the PublishPress Authors plugin.

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  1. Loving the new updates rolling through. Unlike other author plugins, not only does the additional author profile links go to their community profile, even with a sophisticated plugin that overrides the output of a post; it’s still linking to all profiles. In other words CCK’s that use their own content template can display PeepSo links to everyone who is assigned a collaborator (from the original author) instead of having to make overrides to accomplish this. The new install package is considerably lighter too. Thank you for your continued development.

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