Fancier Author Box v.1.1 – More Social than Ever

Author Box Plugins for WordPress are becoming more popular each day. If your business relies on content marketing you should install an author bio plugin to:

  • Give identity to your blog
  • Make the connection & enable reader engagement
  • Highlight your articles in the search engine result pages by showing the author’s face next to it
  • Increase conversions and click-through rates

Multi-author blogs, magazines and other WordPress based business are in constant search for better author boxes to get the most of their blogs aesthetically and in terms of conversions.

I suggest you never use a theme that has a built-in author box functionality, because one day you may choose to change it and your authors’ user details are gone.

Fancier Author Box v.1.1 – Overview

We’ve used a set of metro-styled icons created by our designer, Goran. They look great in Fancier Author Box V.1.1 and you should check that for yourself.

This is how the author box looks with all the social network links enabled.

Fancier Author Box V.1.1

You can see there’s quite a few of them:

Beside adding a link to your social profiles, Fancier Author Box automatically verifies your Google Authorship. All you need to do is:

  1. Enter your Google+ ID in Users > Your Profile > Fancier Author Box User Details
  2. Link to your website in your Google+ Contributor to section

Installation, settings, miscellaneous

Fancier Author Box is a free WordPress plugin found in WordPress.org plugin repository. This makes it really easy to install, configure or uninstall it via your WordPress dashboard.

Once activated, Fancier Author Box automatically adds fields to the user profile within the WordPress dashboard for each of the compliant social media icons that can appear in the author box.

Each WordPress user fills in his/her details about company position, social networks and may even choose not to show the author box. You, as an administrator, have the option to choose where you’d like Fancier Author Box to be shown – above or below posts, pages or custom post types and you can also tweak the visual appearance of it.

Fancier Author Box Settings

Can I manually hide it for certain posts or pages?

The answer is yes. If you don’t wish to show Fancier Author Box for any of your post, pages or custom post types, you can do it by following the instructions below.

  1. Enable “Custom Fields” in screen options in WordPress dashboard
  2. Enable Custom Fields in WordPress

  3. Find “Custom Fields” underneath the post/page where you want to hide Fancier Author Box, and enter a new one: ts_fab_hide
  4. Add New Custom Field WordPress

  5. Enter any value (for example: 1), save it and that’s it, the plugin won’t be added to that post or page.

Fancier Author Box is a free WordPress plugin that enables you to quickly and easily add author bios above or below your posts, pages or custom post types. It features some nice functionality and design tweaks through the admin interface so you can match the look of the author bio box to your blog design.

You’ll find a lot of free WordPress plugins that enable you to add an author bio to the end of each post on your blog. This is a great feature for blogs with multiple contributors. By highlighting the author’s credentials at the bottom of each article, readers get a sense of your blog authority and your authors get an opportunity to promote themselves.

Try it, then tell us what you think. We want to make it even better.

Dragan Nikolic
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6 thoughts on “Fancier Author Box v.1.1 – More Social than Ever

    1. Every user has the option of not showing her/his author box in Users > Your Profile > Fancier Author Box User Details > Display Fancier Author Box > Do not show Fancier Author Box in your posts, pages and custom posts.

  1. Hi and thank you for taking the time to address my request and I have truly enjoyed this plugin! But I had a question about styling.

    I have noticed a delay in the plugin rendering on mobile devices and I suspect it is due to it having to query the latest posts each time it loads. Is there a way to prevent the latest posts tab from rendering on the page. If not is there anything else that can be done to allow it to load faster on mobile devices. It’s at least an 8 second delay when loading. If you don’t want to post this comment on the site I understand feel free to email me if you would rather.

    Thank You so much for your time,
    Best Regards,
    Robert Tuttle

    1. Robert,

      Thanks for your kind words and thank you so much for providing this information. The delay among other things also depends on the server your website is hosted on.

      We’ll certainly look into this issue.

      Cheers

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