Having a successful blog requires a lot of tools, some for design, some for functionality. One of those tools is an author bio box plugin. Even though it’s not essential for your WordPress powered blog, it’s still a cool feature that you should have on your site therefore I’m going to show you some of the best free author bio box plugins.
Don’t think that you don’t need such a plugin just because you’re the only author on your site. Even in that case it’s important to show your readers who you are and how they can connect with you.
Some of the best and free author bio box plugins you can find on the market offer a lot of features. The basic ones are, obviously, displaying your name with a link to the author archives and your bio. Plugins usually go further then that and offer more features, like styling, social icons, latest posts section and more.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the best author bio box plugins currently available on the market.
1. Simple Author Box
Simple Author Box is currently one of the most popular and best free author bio box plugins that you can find on wordpress.org. Even though it has a few negative reviews from the past, it seems that currently it has been adopted by a new developer so I’m pretty sure the future is looking bright for this plugin.
What’s cool about it is that, besides the type of options you would expect from such a plugin, it also comes with built-in styling options. It also comes with support for some of the most important social networks, just visit your profile page to set them up. You can do so by going to your admin area and from there Users > Your Profile.
Some screenshots of the plugin’s backend:
2. Author Bio Box
Another popular plugin that can help you with this is Author Bio Box. While not as advanced as the first one I showed you, this plugin also gets the job done. It includes some useful styling options and it can also display social icons that you’d have to configure through your User Profile.
3. WP Author Bio
WP Author Bio is based on the previous plugin I showed you. It does a great job of using that plugin as a base and extending it with a bunch of useful styling options. I don’t particularly like the interface as it’s pretty cluttered but the plugin definitely does what’s it’s supposed to do. This is also a free plugin that you can get from wordpress.org and install straight from your admin area.