How to Add Author Fields

It is possible to expand the Author profiles for the PublishPress Authors plugin with custom fields. This is a feature of the Pro version.

By default, PublishPress Authors allows you to enter basic user details for each author:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Avatar
  • Email
  • Website
  • Bio

If you're using PublishPress Authors Pro, you can add your own fields to author profiles. The current field options are:

  • Text
  • Multiline Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Link
  • Email

Step #1. Add a new field

  • Go to Authors > Fields.
  • Click “New Author Field”.
  • Enter a title for your field. In the image below, I choose “Personal Website”.
  • Enter a “Field Slug”. This is key because it is how you will add your field to the frontend layout.
  • Choose a “Field Type”.
  • You can also enter a description. This appears under the fields in the admin area and helps users understand their choice.

Step #2. Use the fields

  • Go to “Authors” in your WordPress admin.
  • Click “Edit Author Profile” for an author.
  • Fill in your new fields.

Step #3. Add the field to your layout

The final step in adding fields is to include them in your Author Box.

  • Go to “Authors” then “Author Boxes”.
  • Go to the “Profile Fields” tab.
  • In this area, you can enable and customize each field. For example, in this screenshot below we are enabling the “Twitter” field and setting it to show as a “link”.

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