Writing blogs can be quite a fascinating career. You can work on passion projects while being flexible with your time. And the best part of it all is you can work from anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re a homebody, a van lifer, or a full-time sailor working as an online author is the perfect job for the tagline ‘anywhere, anytime’.
But writing for a blog and running a blog are two different beasts. And if you want to run a successful blog you’ll probably need more authors. This then creates a bit of a problem as a blog with one single author doesn’t need any special credits. But if you have multiple authors, they’ll want their work credited and appreciated.
Can I add authors without registering them?
When it comes to building websites with WordPress there’s a plethora of benefits and features you gain access to. But unfortunately, you can’t add authors without registering them. Not to worry though, as with other lackings WordPress has this issue can be fixed through a plugin. By using Simple Author Box you can quickly and easily create guest author boxes without registering new users. By using a lightweight author box plugin you guarantee your writers that they’ll be fair represented all the while your website isn’t even slowed down, nor do you need to take complicated steps to add them.
How to add guest authors?
After installing the Simple Author Box plugin, go implement guest authors all you need to do is follow these simple steps.
Firstly open up your WordPress site settings and go to the Appearance tab. There you will find the Simple Author Box plugin. In the plugin, you’ll find the Guest Author tab from where you’ll be able to alter all the settings related to your guest authors. And to enable their appearance on your website all you need to do is click the ‘Enable Guest Authors’. From then on you’ll be able to add guest authors to every post on your blog.
After you’ve enabled your guest authors, all you need to do is create a new post. There you’ll find the Simple Author Box settings where you’ll be able to assign the Guest/Co-Authors.
It’s important to note that you’ll only see preregistered authors so whenever you want to add a new guest author you’ll need to add them to your roster. This doesn’t mean they need to be registered users but rather that you’re creating temporary profiles through the plugin.
Being able to create temporary guest authors has immense safety benefits. Without Simple Author Box, you would only be able to credit registered users. But as they are registered, they would’ve gained free access to your entire WordPress website. While this may be an amicable solution for authors you trust, for guest authors it’s incredibly risky.
After all guest authors are your employees who you’re potentially hiring from across the world. This leaves your website’s fate in the hand of some strangers. So instead you should be using Simple Author Box as it can circumvent the whole registration process while still allowing for authors’ names to appear on site and in search engines. And if you’re a relatively new blog this may be incredibly important as you might be the springboard for new writers and their careers.
Using registered authors also leads to potential hacking risks. As the more accounts, you need to register the more points of entry hackers have. Therefore keeping your registered authors minimized and guest authors maximized is the key to website security. All a hacker needs is one author having a weak password and they’ll be able to bring upon your ruination.
Another great benefit of having Simple Author Box is that it can create Co Authors. It is a truly unique feature that allows multiple guest authors on a single post. This feature can be used if you want to highlight both your editors and your writers, which certain websites do lack and can cause problems with your writers. Or it can show that your posts are a collaborative effort between multiple experts. While usually, it’s enough for websites to have a single author, some situations warrant that extra step. So why would you want a plugin that would need additional downloads when you could have it instantly in one complete package?
All in all Simple Author Box provides both the website owners and authors the ability to get represented without the pesky need to register and garner security risks. Having guest authors is a game-changer for up-and-coming WordPress blogs. It allows for a veritable tide of new content that can boost your SEO and increase the growth of your website. And by using this plugin you’ll avoid all the unnecessarily risky shenanigans with registered authors and their security risks.