How to Create Guest Authors

The “Authors” screen allows you to create profiles for people who have written content on your site.

There are two kinds of Authors available:

  • 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.

A lot of PublishPress users want the Guest Author feature so they don’t have create a WordPress account for each new writer.

From the main “Authors” screen, you can create new authors for your content. To create a Guest Author, make sure to leave the “Mapped User” option blank. This allows you to fill in the other profile details without needing to create a new user account.

If you want the Guest Author to have an avatar, enter the email address that is connected to their Gravatar account. Each Guest Author can have the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Website
  • Biographical Info

PublishPress will treat Guest Authors identically to Authors who are mapped to users. You will be able to select and display Guest Authors in exactly the same way as for mapped users.

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