How to Add an Author Box to Your Website

I’ve worked with StudioPress and their websites many times over the past few years.  Premium Themes are definitely beneficial to anyone building their own website who is technically inclined enough to deploy the software to their web server and get it up and running.

Today I wanted to talk about how you can add an author box to your WordPress website running a StudioPress theme or the Genesis Framework.  An author box is an area that you can add to your blog that tells people more information about the person who wrote the posting and it looks a little something like this…

In order to show this on your StudioPress website its really easy to do and it doesn’t require any coding whatsoever.  Navigate to Users >> Click “Edit” next to your user profile and scroll down to the bottom.  You’ll notice the following…

Enter your information into the “Biographical Info” and check the checkbox “Enable Author Box on this User’s Posts?” and you should be all set to go.  An author box on your website gives you the ability to show a brief bio of yourself to people that come to your website.


  1. says

    You know it is sometimes the little things like this that trip me up – so thanks for posting! I searched all through the Studiopress forum looking for this nugget of information and when I read it i went D’oh! And thanks!

  2. says

    Thanks for putting this. My question is if somebody already has an established blog with 100s of guest bloggers, then he should go to each and every user profiles and change the settings?

  3. says

    I found the solution finally. Add the following code to functions.php file.
    /** Add author box to end of posts **/
    function abr_author_box () {
    $html = ”;
    $html .= get_avatar(get_the_author_meta(‘user_email’), 75);
    $html .= ‘About ‘.get_the_author_meta(‘user_firstname’).’ ‘.get_the_author_meta(‘user_lastname’).’‘;
    $html .= wpautop(get_the_author_meta(‘description’));
    $html .= ”;
    echo $html;
    add_action ( ‘genesis_before_comments’, ‘abr_author_box’, 10, 1);

    Thanks anyways. :)

  4. says

    Hey Jose,

    Thanks for commenting about this. Apologies for not seeing this sooner as I’ve been out on holidays but I am glad you found a solution and thank you for sharing! Have a Happy New Year Jose! See you in 2012

    Luc Arnold

  5. Kevin says

    This is how you turn it on for all users, no matter if the checkbox is checked or not. in functions.php in the child theme add this.

    // Enable Author Box on Single/Archive pages
    genesis_enable_author_box( array( ‘type’ => ‘archive’ ) );

  6. says

    This might be a stupid question but how do you get the photo to show up… I can’t see an option to upload one in my “profile” section anywhere nor do I see one anywhere on the site… I’m sure I’m just overlooking something, but I can’t find it – any suggestions?

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