Are you running your blog off the Genesis Framework and still using the default author box, like the one shown above? Does it frustrate you how plain the box looks, without any eye-popping details or social media links? You are in luck because the Fanciest Author Box gives you a lot of options for customization and special features. Although I do not currently use this on WPoutcast, I have used this plugin on other blogs with great success. I’ll show you how I set this up on my test blog and every feature it has.
This premium plugin showcase’s your social media profile links in the author box as well as the latest blog posts that you have written. The Fanciest Author Box plugin is great for multi-author blogs. If you don’t allow self-promoting in guest blog posts, they can fill out their user profile and have everything displayed in the author box. The set up for this plugin is easy and allows you to really impact your readers with a beautiful author box.
Fanciest Author Box Plugin
After purchasing the plugin, you will be able to download the WordPress plugin file that you that you will then upload to your plugin’s page. There is nothing complicated about this. However, you will have to create a free account on code canyon, which is where this premium plugin is sold. After purchase, in your downloads section of your account, as shown below, you can download the plugin and save the zip file to your desktop before uploading it to your plugin directory on your WordPress dashboard.
After you have uploaded and activated the plugin, it’s time to use all its features. Follow the guide below to see an inside look at what you have.
Plugin Setup & Features
Let’s start by going to your profile on your blog and scroll down to the Fanciest Author Box settings.
What I like about the photo option above is that you can use a different image for the display in the author box from the gravatar image that you are showing on your email address. Just click the upload button and select the image you which to display on your profile. Remember 64×64 is the image size to use.
The next section is for you to add your twitter ID. Don’t add the full URL, just your @name without the @ symbol. Don’t save settings because more features are below.
Again, do not add the full URL to your social media profiles as it won’t work. Just your page name. Notice the custom idea for my Google+ profile? You can create one for yourself by following the instructions on this page. The custom URL is better to give out in public than your standard one, which is typically a bunch of numbers. More like a prison ID number. Add your fanpage ID in the other box and select follow. By doing this, when someone navigates to your Facebook tab in your author resource box, they have the option of following your page. That’s how I would do this.
This is the last section for adding your social media profile ID’s in. Leave any one blank if you don’t want that tab to show, like in the example above. The LinkedIn tab looks great inside the blog post author box. Further down is a screen shot of the final product.
This is the last featured section to edit and makes your author box more professional. Plus, you can showcase your website’s URL. You are now done editing this plugin and you can save your changes near the bottom of the page. Do not enable the Genesis Framework author box as this plugin replaces it.
Here is what each social tab looks like to your readers.
The last tab is the latest posts tab. It shows more than one blog post. I have this plugin on my test blog and haven’t posted a second blog post yet.
The Fancy plugin is worth it and is perfect for multi-author blogs. This author box allows your guest authors to display their site and social media links without self-promoting in their post.
If you have tried this plugin before, do share your experience in the comment box below. Share this blog post with your online friends if you think they need to spice up their blog page a little more.