PublishPress Authors Free is Available on

PublishPress Authors is the best plugin for adding many authors to one WordPress post.

We recently released version 3 of PublishPress Authors Pro, with new features including author fields, custom layouts and more.

Now there's also a Free version available on The Free version works great and is a substantial update on older, similar plugins such as Co-Authors Plus (there is an import available from Co-Authors Plus).

The Free version allows you to create multiple authors, co-authors and guest authors.

Here are some of the key features in the new, Free version …

You can create Author profiles

You can access the PublishPress Authors configuration screen by clicking on the “Authors” link in the WordPress admin menu.

The “Authors” screen is the place to create and manage your authors. There are two kinds of Authors here:

  • Authors who are mapped to regular WordPress users and can share all their details.
  • Guest Authors who don’t need an account on your site.

In the image below, you can see both mapped users and guest authors:

You can add as many Authors as you wish to any post. The image below shows the metabox that you’ll see in the sidebar of your post editing screen. 

You can use drag-and-drop to reorder the display of the authors:

You can cutomize Author profiles

On the frontend of your site, PublishPress Authors Free gives you five different options to display the authors’ box:

  1. Replacing the default author display.
  2. At the bottom of your content.
  3. In a widget or a Gutenberg block.
  4. Using shortcodes.
  5. Adding filters and actions in your template files.

Click here to read about displaying authors.

You can add Guest Authors

Using PublishPress Authors, you can create Guest Authors who don’t need an account on your site. PublishPress will treat Guest Authors identically to Authors who are linked users.

You will be able to select and display Guest Authors in exactly the same way as for registered users. Each Guest Author can have a full profile, plus an avatar, and their own archive page for blog posts.

Click here to see how to create Guest Authors.

Join PublishPress and get PublishPress Authors Pro

PublishPress Authors Pro has custom fields to add more information about your authors. It also has customizable layouts so you can design beautiful author profiles.

Join PublishPress today and you'll get powerful publishing and permissions plugins to improve your WordPress site.

  • 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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